Penn State Behrend is a strong favorite to repeat as men's soccer champions in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, according to the AMCC pre-season coaches’ poll.  The Behrend Lions received five of ten first place votes.  Frostburg State University, last season's runner-up in the AMCC title game, was selected to finish second, while Pitt-Greensburg ranked third.

Preseason Player of the Year honors were awarded to Pitt-Greensburg junior Adam Zeleznick (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA), 2003's AMCC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.  A  forward who has led the conference in scoring for two years in a row, Zeleznick averaged 2.55 ppg last season with 26 goals and 4 assists in 22 games.

The AMCC welcomes three new members to the conference this season:  Hilbert College, Medaille College, and Mt. Aloysius College.  The conference will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament for the first time in 2004.    

Preseason Rankings:
1. Penn State Behrend
2. Frostburg State
3. Pitt-Greensburg

Preseason Player of the Year:
Adam Zeleznick, Pitt-Greensburg



                                    Other players to watch:

FROSTBURG STATE (5-1 AMCC, 10-7-2 overall)
M Jamie Ramand (John Carroll HS/Joppatown, MD)...Scored 1 goal and 5 assists, helping FSU to a runner-up league finish.
F Matt Moffa (Eastern Technical HS/Baltimore, MD)...First team All-AMCC in 2003...scored 8 goals (3 GWG) and 3 assists for the Bobcats.

HILBERT (3-15 overall)

F Jacob Opala (West Seneca West HS/West Seneca, NY)...Led team with 10 goals, 8 assists (18 points) last season...Hilbert's career scoring leader with 56 points... 21 career goals just one shy of all-time school leader Ryan Acanfora (01)...First team All-NEAC in 2003.
F/M Chris Fassl (Kenmore West HS/Kenmore, NY)...Hilbert's career leader with 16 total assists...Scored 5 goals, 6 assists in 2003...Named first team All-NEAC last season.

LA ROCHE (3-3 AMCC, 8-10-3 overall)
MF Fred Biney (John F. Kennedy HS/Silver Srping, MD)...Injured most of the 2003 season, ready to make a strong comeback his senior year...All-AMCC honorable mention in 2001 and 2002.
MF Todd Downs (Hempfield HS/Hempfield, PA)...A utility player last season, he is expected be an important part of the Redhawks' success.

LAKE ERIE (1-5 AMCC, 3-13 overall)
D Justin Daly (Hubbard HS/Hubbard, OH)...Led team in scoring with 14 goals and 3 assists..holds LEC single season record for points (31) and goals (14)... second team All-Conference selection in 2003.
MF Jerrod Baxter (West Branch HS/Beloit, OH)...Team leader with 8 assists... added three goals for 14 total points...named honorable mention All-AMCC last season.

MEDAILLE (12-4-3 overall)
F Cory Cwiklinski (Lancaster HS/Lancaster, NY)...Scored 65 points last season (24 goals, 17 assists) to lead the nation (Div. III)  in scoring as a freshman...NEAC Player of the Year in 2003...led NEAC in all offensive categories.
GK Matthew Cooper (Churchville-Chili HS/Rochester, NY)...2003 stats:  41 saves, .804 save percentage, 4 shutouts, 1.33 GAA...record of 5-1-1.

MT. ALOYSIUS (3-13 overall)
F Chinedu Odu (Lagos, Nigeria)...Led the Mounties with 10 goals and 7 assists last year.
M Andy Clay (Somerset, PA)...Contributed 6 goals and 5 assists in 2003.

PENN STATE ALTOONA (3-3 AMCC, 13-6 overall)

D Andrew Zechman (Middleburg HS/Paxtonville, PA)...First team All-AMCC last year, honorable mention in 2002...scored 5 goals and 10 assists last season, ranked nationally in assists several times.
D Ryan Zechman (Middleburg HS/Paxtonville, PA)...Second team All-AMCC in 2003...team's second leading scorer last year with 10 goals and 3 assists.

PENN STATE BEHREND (5-1 AMCC, 14-5-2 overall)

D Dan Bash (Thomas Jefferson HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...First team All-AMCC defender last year...helped team to conference-best goals against average (.89 GAA).
F Stanley Kaweesi-Katongole (Oakland Mills HS/Columbia, MD)...A second team all-conference selection as a freshman last year.

PITT-BRADFORD (0-6 AMCC, 3-13 overall)
GK Michael Ruffino (Sweet Home HS/Amherst, NY)...Split time in goal last season, earning 1 shutout and a 4.29 GAA in 7 games...led conference in saves per game (9.71).
M Winnie Rajakumat (Monroeville, PA)...One of the Panthers' scoring leaders in 2003.

PITT-GREENSBURG (4-2 AMCC, 15-6-2 overall)
MF Dave Tintera (Penn Trafford HS/Harrison City, PA)...Two time first team all-conference selection...Ranked third in the AMCC in scoring, first in assists with 12 goals and 16 assists in 2003