Once again, Frostburg State University is predicted to successfully defend their women's soccer title for the fifth consecutive year, according to the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coaches’ poll.  But last season's runner up, Penn State Behrend, is expected to challenge from the #2 spot.  The poll ranks all ten teams for the first time.

Preseason Player of the Year honors were awarded to Pitt-Greensburg forward Jen McIntosh (South Park HS/South Park, PA).  The senior is a three-time first team all-conference selection and the 2002 Newcomer of the Year.  She was the league's second leading scorer in 2004, collecting 19 goals (4 game-winners) and 11 assists for 45 points.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 24.  The conference championship will be Saturday, November 5 at the highest remaining seed.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.    

Preseason Rankings:
1. Frostburg State
2. Penn State Behrend
3. Pitt-Greensburg
4. La Roche
5. Penn State Altoona
6. Medaille
7. Hilbert
8. Lake Erie
9. Pitt-Bradford
10. Mount Aloysius

Preseason Player of the Year:
Jen McIntosh, Pitt-Greensburg



                                    Other players to watch:

FROSTBURG STATE - Head Coach Brian Parker
2004:  8-1 AMCC, 14-3-3 overall
F Danielle Carter (Rockville HS/Rockville, MD)...First team all-conference in 2004, Newcomer of the Year in 2003...scored 19 goals to rank second in the league...runner-up in Preseason Player of the Year voting.
M Jodie Gittleson (Wootton HS/Rockville, MD)...First team All-AMCC with 11 goals and 3 assists last season.

HILBERT - Head Coach James Ruggiero
2004:  3-6 AMCC, 6-9-1 overall
M Michelle Greco (Southwestern HS/Jamestown, NY)...Team MVP in 2004...leading scorer for the Hawks with 15 points (7 goals, 1 assist, 2 GWG)...named to academic all-conference team...2005 co-captain.
M Jeanmarie Brady (Lakeshore HS/Derby, NY)...started every game, played every minute last season...scored 1 goal and 3 assists...2005 co-captain.

LA ROCHE - Head Coach Miguel Lozano
2004:  7-2 AMCC, 14-5 overall
D Melanie Roczko (Hampton HS/Allison Park, PA)...Second team All-AMCC for two years in a row...started in all 17 games at sweeper...led team to school record 12 shutouts in 2004.
F Nicole Booth (Brashear HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...2004 Newcomer of the Year and second team all-conference selection...led the Redhawks in all scoring categories with 13 goals, 12 assists and 38 points.

LAKE ERIE - Head Coach Lauren Ferullo
2004:  2-6-1 AMCC, 4-14-1 overall)
F Keri Cameron (Mentor HS/Mentor, OH)...Named All-AMCC honorable mention last season...scored 13 points (5 goals, 3 assists).
D Loni Sargent (Hubbard HS/Hubbard, OH)...As a defender contributed 2 goals and 2 assists.

MEDAILLE - Head Coach Dan Krzyzanowicz
2004:  3-5-1 AMCC, 7-11-1 overall
D Tiffany Azzarito (Westmoreland HS/Westmoreland, NY)...Only freshman to be named all-conference as a defender (honorable mention)...team leader in assists (7), ranked second on the team in goals and points...co-captain for 2005.
F Kerri Clarkson (Springville Griffiths Institute/Colden, NY)...Second team All-AMCC in 2004...team leader in goals (9) and points (21).

MT. ALOYSIUS - Head Coach Tim Kelly
2004:  0-9 AMCC, 1-15 overall
F Brenna Mohney (Clearfield HS/Clearfield, PA)...Scored 3 goals and 2 assists last season.
M K.T. Hyland (Bishop McCort HS/Johnstown, PA)...Contributed 9 points (3 goals, 3 assists in 2004.

2004:  5-4 AMCC, 9-12 overall
D Mandi Freiwald (Westmont Hilltop HS/Johnstown, PA)...All-AMCC second team selection last year...member of National Student-Athlete Honor Society and Academic All-Conference team.
F Beth Freiwald (Westmont Hilltop HS/Johnstown, PA)...Scored 21 points (10 goals, 1 assist) last season...earned AMCC academic all-conference honors.

PENN STATE BEHREND - Head Coach Patrick O'Driscoll
2004:  8-1 AMCC, 14-6-1 overall
D Stephanie Bowen (Peters Twp. HS/McMurray, PA)...First team All-AMCC for the past three seasons...started all 21 games last season, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist...team captain in 2005.
M Michelle Newland (Fox Chapel HS/Glenshaw, PA)...Second team all-conference selection in 2004...contributed 20 points (9 goals, 2 assists) last season.

PITT-BRADFORD - Head Coach Rebecca Nichols
2004:  1-8 AMCC, 1-13-1 overall
D Samantha Pople (Red Creek HS/Red Creek, NY)...AMCC honorable mention selection in 2004.

PITT-GREENSBURG - Head Coach John Beatty
2004:  7-2 AMCC, 13-7 overall

M Jessica Phillippi (Rockwood HS/Rockwood, PA)...First team All-AMCC all three years...scored 25 points (6 goals, 13 assists) to rank 8th in the league and #1 in assists.