CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the third time in as many years, the Boston University field hockey team is the preseason favorite to capture the America East title, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday following a vote of the league's head coaches. The prognostications have been correct the past two seasons, as the Terriers will be looking to capture their third straight league crown this fall.
BU received all five possible first-place votes (coaches are not permitted to vote for their own teams) to tally 25 points. Albany came in second with 21 points, including one first-place vote, and was followed by Vermont (16), Maine (13), New Hampshire (10), and the league's new associate member, Farifield, with five points.
Also, the Terriers appeared at No. 20 in the STX/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll, the same spot the team finished the 2006 campaign.
The Terriers return eight starters -- including six all-conference selections -- from last year's squad, which posted a 14-7 record and reached the NCAA tournament for the ninth time in program history. The returnees accounted for 46 of the team's 56 tallies last spring.
Head coach Sally Starr enters her 27th season at the helm and will look to guide the Terriers to three straight conference titles for the first time in program history.
The 2007 season will commence on Saturday, Aug. 25, when the Terriers play host to Quinnipiac. Game time is set for 1 p.m.