PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the 2003 BIG EAST preseason poll, voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches." />
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Rutgers Men’s Soccer Tabbed Fifth In BIG EAST Preseason Poll
Karcz Earns All-BIG EAST Team Honors
  • Posted on July 31, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers men’s soccer team was picked to finish fifth in the 2003 BIG EAST preseason poll, voted on by the league’s 13 head coaches.

    Rutgers, which finished last season 8-8-3 following a loss to Connecticut in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals, received 89 votes to place behind last year’s conference champion Boston College, who tallied 117 votes. St. John’s was picked to capture the 2003 title, garnering 135 votes, while Notre Dame was second with 128 votes, followed by Connecticut with 127 votes.

    Individually, junior Chris Karcz (Clifton, NJ) was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Karcz tallied 15 points last season, scoring six goals and three assists. He was second on the team in scoring, while earning All-BIG EAST Third Team honors.

    Rutgers, under the direction of head coach Bob Reasso, opens the 2003 campaign traveling to Fort Wayne, IN to participate in the IPFW Preseason Showcase. The Scarlet Knights will face Michigan State on Friday, Aug. 22, and Indiana on Sunday, Aug. 24 in two exhibition contests. Rutgers will begin its regular season on the road at William and Mary, in the first match in the Tribe’s new soccer stadium on Saturday, Aug. 30.

    2003 BIG EAST MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
        '02 Record '02 Finish
        Points BIG EAST Overall Regular Season
    1. St. John's (5) 135 7-1-2 13-3-5 2nd
    2. Notre Dame (3) 128 6-3-1 12-6-3 4th
    3. Connecticut (3) 127 7-3-0 17-6-0 3rd
    4. Boston College (2) 117 8-2-0 18-5-0 1st
    5. Rutgers 89 5-4-1 8-8-3 Tied 5th
    6. Seton Hall 87 5-5-0 9-8-3 Tied 7th
    7. Georgetown 75 5-4-1 8-9-1 Tied 5th
    8. Syracuse 67 3-6-1 8-8-2 10th
    9. Virginia Tech 57 5-5-0 10-7-1 Tied 7th
    10. Pittsburgh 40 2-7-1 8-9-1 11th
      West Virginia 40 1-8-1 4-11-2 13th
    12. Providence 35 5-5-0 7-11-0 Tied 7th
    13. Villanova 17 2-8-0 5-13-0 12th
     
    first-place votes in parentheses

    PRESEASON AWARDS
    Offensive Player of the Year
    Cesar Cuellar, Connecticut, Sr., F
    Defensive Player of the Year
    Chris Wingert, St. John's, Sr., B
    Goalkeeper of the Year
    Chris Sawyer, Notre Dame, Jr.
    Preseason All-BIG EAST Team
    Chris Sawyer, Notre Dame, Jr., GK
    Guy Melamed, Boston College, Jr., B
    *Jeff Curtin, Georgetown, So., B
    Jack Stewart, Notre Dame, Jr., B
    Chris Wingert, St. John's, Sr., B
    Bill Arnault, Boston College, Jr., M
    Lindon Pecorelli, Connecticut, Sr., M
    Justin Detter, Notre Dame, Sr., M
    Ryan McGowan, Seton Hall, Sr., M
    *Cesar Cuellar, Connecticut, Sr., F
    Chris Karcz, Rutgers, So., F
    Chris Corcoran, St. John's, Jr., F
    Jarett Park, Syracuse, Jr., F

    * - unanimous selection

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