Cuellar Named Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of Year; UConn Placed Third in Preseason Poll



    PROVIDENCE, RI (July 31) – University of Connecticut men’s soccer player senior Cesar Cuellar (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) was named the 2003 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, while classmate Lindon Pecorelli (LaCrescenta, CA) joined Cuellar on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, as announced by the league office on Thursday afternoon. Connecticut was also voted to finish third in the 2003 BIG EAST men’s soccer preseason poll.

    Cuellar was one of two unanimous selections on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, along with Georgetown defender Jeff Curtin. In 2002, Cuellar finished second in the BIG EAST with 35 points, including 16 goals. Cuellar was first in conference play with 21 points and 10 goals. Cuellar was named to the 2002 BIG EAST First Team, and to the NSCAA/adidas All-New England Third Team.

    Pecorelli ended the 2002 season scoring one goal and assisted on two others for four points in 19 games played from the midfield position. He was a 2002 BIG EAST All-Third Team selection.

    The Huskies garnered three first-place votes and was third with 127 points. While the 2003 schedule is going to be competitive and demanding, head coach Ray Reid will be rebuilding his roster with experienced players and a pool of talented incoming freshmen. The roster is lacking the senior leadership of 2002, as this year’s squad is minus the seven graduated seniors and All-American Shavar Thomas who left for Major League Soccer (MLS).

    St. John’s captured the first place position in the 2003 BIG EAST preseason poll with five first-place votes, while Notre Dame passed out Connecticut for second place with three first-place votes for 128 points.