PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers men’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the 2004 BIG EAST preseason poll in a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches.
Rutgers returns eight starters from a 2003 team that posted an 11-7-4 overall record including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s second round. The Scarlet Knights received 79 points to place behind Boston College, which tallied 84 points. St. John’s was picked to capture the 2004 conference title, garnering 117 points, while Connecticut was second with 108 points, followed by Notre Dame with 104 points.
RU, which was also picked fifth in last season’s poll, finished fourth in the league in 2003. The Scarlet Knights advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the eighth time in nine appearances.
Rutgers, under the direction of head coach Bob Reasso, opens the 2004 campaign with an exhibition contest at home against Seton Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., before traveling to Columbus, OH, and a exhibition matchup with Ohio State in a College Cup preview match slated for Friday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. the MLS’ Columbus Crew Stadium. The Scarlet Knights’ regular season begins at home against BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
2004 MEN’S SOCCER POLL
Points BIG EAST Overall Regular Season ’03 Record ’03 Finish
1. St. John’s (8) 117 8-2-0 17-6-3 1st
2. Connecticut (3) 108 5-3-2 9-8-4 6th
3. Note Dame 104 6-3-1 14-5-3 9th
4. Boston College 84 3-5-2 6-7-4 9th
5. RUTGERS 79 5-2-3 11-7-4 T-4th
6. Seton Hall 76 5-2-3 9-6-4 T-4th
7. Georgetown 52 3-7-0 8-9-2 11th
8. Providence 50 4-5-1 6-10-3 7th
9. Syracuse 47 1-5-4 4-8-5 12th
10. Villanova 40 4-6-0 10-8-1 8th
11. West Virginia 19 1-6-3 5-10-3 13th
12. Pittsburgh 16 3-6-1 6-11-1 10th
(first place votes in parentheses)
Offensive Player of the Year
Simone Salinno, St. John's, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year
Guy Melamed, Boston College, Jr.
Goalkeeper of the Year
Chris Sawyer, Notre Dame, Sr.
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
Chris Sawyer, Notre Dame, Sr., GK
Guy Melamed, Boston College, Jr., B
Mpho Moloi, Connecticut, Jr., M
Steve Sealy, Connecticut, So., F
Jeff Curtain, Georgetown, Jr., D
Jack Stewart, Notre Dame, Sr., B
Keeyan Young, Pittsburgh, Jr., F
Chris Corcoran, St. John's, Sr., M/F
Matt Groenwald, St. John's, Sr., F
Simone Salinno, St. John's, Sr., F
Sacha Kljestan, Seton Hall, So., M