2004 MEN'S SOCCER
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


PENN STATE BEHREND EXPECTED
TO DEFEND AMCC MEN'S SOCCER TITLE
 


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.    
                            

AMCC
MEN'S SOCCER POLL
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