Once again, Frostburg State University is predicted to successfully defend their women's soccer title for the fourth consecutive year, according to the 2004 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coaches’ poll.

The Bobcats received nine of ten first place votes, followed by last season's runner-up Penn State Behrend.  La Roche College and Pitt-Greensburg were rated dead even for the #3 spot.  Frostburg State will be led by 2003 AMCC Player of the Year Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/ Glen Burnie, MD), a senior forward who has been a perennial All-America candidate and first-team All-AMCC selection for three consecutive seasons.  Scoring a conference-high 24 goals (including 7 game-winners), Kotofski led the Bobcats to an independent bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament last year, advancing as far as the regional semifinal round.

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. Frostburg State
2. Penn State Behrend
3. La Roche/Pitt-Greensburg (tie)

Preseason Player of the Year:
Karen Kotofski, Frostburg State



                                    Other players to watch:

FROSTBURG STATE (16-5 overall, 6-0 AMCC)
F Danielle Carter (Rockville HS/Rockville, MD)...Conference Newcomer of the Year last season...scored 15 goals to rank as the fifth leading scorer in the AMCC.

HILBERT (12-9 overall)
F Jessica Macri (Niagara Falls HS/Lewiston, NY)...Three-time NEAC all-conference and academic all-conference selection...Hilbert's all-time leader in assists (45), ranked second nationally in apg as a freshman and sophomore...also holds 11 other college records...consecutive minutes played streak is at 4,270.
F Shannon Bieniek (West Seneca West HS/Orchard Park, NY)...NEAC all-conference selection in 2003 and 2002...HC all-time leader in points (90) and goals (37)...11 career game-winning goals.

LA ROCHE (12-8-1 overall, 3-2-1 AMCC)
F Nichole Costantini (Hampton HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...First team All-AMCC in 2003 and 2001..Ranked third in the conference in scoring with 2.29 ppg (20 goals, 8 assists)..
D Melanie Roczko (Hampton HS/Allison Park, PA)...Second team All-AMCC last season.

LAKE ERIE (3-15-1 overall, 1-5 AMCC)
F Keri Cameron (Mentor HS/Mentor, OH)...Team scoring leader in 2003.
D Rachael Kocher (West Branch HS/Beloit, OH)...No information available.

MEDAILLE (4-11-2 overall)
D Lindsey Kennedy (Liverpool HS/Liverpool, NY)...Started all 17 games for the Mavericks last season.
D Aimee Knights (Pioneer HS/Sardinia, NY)...Played in every contest in 2003, took 19 shots with 12 shots on goal.

MT. ALOYSIUS (8-5-2 overall)

F Brenna Mohney (Clearfield HS/Clearfield, PA)...Netted 20 goals and added 9 assists for the Mounties in 2003.
F K.T.Hyland (Bishop McCort HS/Johnstown, PA)...Major contributor last season with 20 goals and 10 assists.

PENN STATE ALTOONA (4-13-1 overall, 2-4 AMCC)

MF Lauren Lansdale (Henderson HS/Exton, PA)...All-conference honorable mention team in 2003...Lions' leading scorer last season with 19 points (7 goals, 5 assists).
D Mandy Freiwald (Westmont Hilltop HS/Johnstown, PA)...Also all-AMCC honorable mention selection last year...scored 4 goals as a defender.

PENN STATE BEHREND (12-7-1 overall, 5-1 AMCC)

D Stephanie Bowen (Peters Twp. HS/McMurray, PA)...First team All-AMCC for the past two seasons.
F Holly Greiner (General McLane HS/McKean, PA)...Second team All-AMCC in 2003...contributed 9 goals (3 GWG) and 10 assists to rank #8 in the conference.

PITT-BRADFORD (2-14-1 overall, 0-6 AMCC)
F Megan Bollinger (Middleburg HS/Kreamer, PA)...Honorable Mention All-AMCC for the past two years.

PITT-GREENSBURG (10-6-3 overall, 3-2-1 AMCC)
F Jen McIntosh (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...First team all-conference selection for the past two seasons...scored 12 goals, 7 assists, 31 points to rank as the #6 scorer in the AMCC last year.
M Jess Phillippi (Rockwood HS/Rockwood, PA)...Contributed 10 goals, 10 assists, 30 points to rank #7 in the conference in 2003...Named first team all-AMCC last year after being honored on the second team in 2002.