CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the 2015 Patriot League Preseason Poll, as released Tuesday afternoon.
Boston University, which won the 2014 league championship title for the second-straight year, earned the top spot in the poll that is voted on by league coaches and sports information directors. The Terriers collected 11 first-place votes and received a total of 155 points.
Colgate University checked in second with 147 points. The Raiders, who finished first in the 2014 regular-season, received seven first-place votes. Navy took third with a total of 135 points and the final two first-place votes.
Army West Point polled fourth for the second-consecutive season with 103 points, while Bucknell University was fifth with 92 points. Loyola took sixth with 76 points, six more than Lehigh University at seventh. College of the Holy Cross grabbed the eighth spot with 64 points, while Lafayette College and American University rounded out the poll in ninth (35 points) and 10th place (23), respectively.
Loyola returns eight starters from a 2014 squad that played in its first-ever Patriot League Tournament under the leadership of then-first-year head coach Naomi Meiburger.
Eleven newcomers, including two international students, will look to help the team build on last year's success as the program competes for a Patriot League Championship.
Loyola will open the 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 21, hosting the University of Delaware at 7 p.m. Following the match, fans are invited to take the field at Ridley Athletic Complex and watch Big Hero 6 with the team on the video board. Entrance to the game and postgame movie are free of charge.
Patriot League Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
1. Boston University, 155 points (11 first-place votes)
2. Colgate, 147 (7)
3. Navy, 135 (2)
4. Army West Point, 103
5. Bucknell, 92
6. Loyola, 76
7. Lehigh, 70
8. Holy Cross, 64
9. Lafayette, 35
10. American, 23