Aug. 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will begin the 2014 season at No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire Rankings, which was released Wednesday. In addition, UConn senior midfielder Adria Beso Marco (Lleida, Spain) and sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) have both been named to the 2014 MAC Hermann Watch List.
The Huskies, who finished last season ranked No. 9 in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll, earned their 17th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals after knocking off top overall seed ULCA in penalty kicks.
UConn will face three teams (No. 6 Washington, No. 11 Wake Forest and No. 11 Coastal Carolina) that are also ranked in the Preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire Rankings.
Connecticut was one of four schools to place an NCAA-best two players on the MAC Hermann Watch List, joining Washington, Saint Louis and Georgetown. The Huskies will play Washington on the road this season on Sept. 12.
Beso Marco's 10 assists last season led the Huskies and were the seventh-highest total among all Division I players. The 2013 American Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year earned NSCAA All-America Second Team and All-Northeast First Team honors after helping the Huskies reach the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third straight season. In his first two seasons at Connecticut, Beso Marco has tallied 19 points on two goals and 15 assists.
Larin was tabbed the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after leading the Huskies with 31 points on 14 goals and three assists. He notched five game-winners throughout the 2013 season, and he recorded at least one point in eight straight games last year for UConn. The Connecticut striker, who scored a team-high two goals in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 game against UCLA, also earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Northeast Second Team as well as the Soccer America All-Freshman Team.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in NCAA soccer presented annually to one male and one female athlete. The winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the trophy presentation banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
The lists are compiled by the NSCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division I All-America Committees, based on their analysis of returning All-America and All-Region players, as well as any prominent newcomers.