Aug. 11, 2010
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of Connecticut men's soccer team has been picked to win the 2010 BIG EAST Regular Season title, according to the conference's preseason men's soccer poll. The Huskies received 12 first-place votes and are picked to win the league's Blue Division.
The votes were cast by the league's 16 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams. St. John's was picked to win the Red Division as the Red Storm earned eight first-place votes.
UConn won the regular-season title last year in the Blue Division and finished the season with an 11-4-4 overall record. During the 2009 regular season, UConn went 8-2-1 in BIG EAST play.
The Huskies' Tony Cascio was named to the 2010 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team along with Louisville's Colin Rolfe, who was a unanimous selection for the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team and named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Aaron Maud from Notre Dame was chosen as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, while South Florida's Jeff Attinella was picked as the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
In the Blue Division, UConn beat out Notre Dame for the top spot as the Irish earned four first-place votes. West Virginia and Georgetown rounded out the top-four teams in the division's preseason rankings. Louisville is picked to finish second in the Red Division, behind St. John's, as the Cardinals earned five first-place votes. Also receiving votes was South Florida with three, a program that is picked to finish third in the Red Division with Villanova chosen for the fourth spot.
UConn opens its 2010 season in an exhibition match on Saturday, August 21 against Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m. at Morrone Stadium in Storrs.