Aug. 17, 2011
America East Poll Video
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Winner of a league-best seven titles, the Boston University men's soccer team has been selected by the America East coaches to finish atop the league in 2011. The announcement by the conference marks the third Terrier squad to be picked first this week, as the women's soccer and field hockey teams were also selected to win their respective league title.
Entering Neil Roberts' 27th season at the helm, the defending regular season champion Terriers received five of seven possible first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team) for 47 points and narrowly edged out defending tournament champion UMBC, which garnered the other three first-place tallies, and finished with 43 points.
New Hampshire, runner-up last season, came in third with 33 points, just one point ahead of Stony Brook (32 points). Binghamton (28), Vermont (19), Hartford (15) and Albany rounded out the eight-team poll.
The 2011 campaign kicks off in late August with all eight teams opening on either Aug. 26 or 27. The top six teams in the America East standings will advance to the America East Championship, which begins with quarterfinal action on Saturday, Nov. 5 and continues with the semifinal round on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The winner of the tournament, which will be decided on Nov. 12 or 13, receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship, where the league champion has advanced to the second round in eight of the last 10 years, including the Terriers in 2008.
BU (11-5-1 overall, 6-1-0 America East) welcomes back 13 letterwinners and eight starters from last year's squad, which led the conference in goal differential (plus-17). Five All-America East honorees return for the Terriers, including senior Ben Berube, who was tied for second among league leaders with eight goals a year ago.
The Terriers' back line, which allowed just 15 goals in 17 games last year, should be strong again in 2011 as reigning America East Defender of the Year Colin Henry
and last year's Rookie of the Year, Kelvin Madzongwe
, both return. BU, who will face six squads that reached the NCAA Tournament last season, opens at Holy Cross on Aug. 26.