KANSAS CITY, Mo.—After earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" for the first time in school history last fall, UMass Boston men's soccer was ranked 15th in the United Soccer Coaches' Preseason Poll on Thursday afternoon.
The United Soccer Coaches' Poll is one of the two major NCAA Division III Soccer Polls, along with the D3Soccer.com Top 25, which has not released a poll yet. The United Soccer Coaches is the new name for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America organization.
UMass Boston is the lone Little East Conference squad to be ranked and one of just four New England sides in the top-25. Defending National Champion Tufts University (#1), 2016 Final Four side Brandeis University (#4) and 2015 National Champion Amherst College (#10) joined UMass Boston in the top 15 of the poll.
This marks the first time in program history that the Beacons have been ranked in a national preseason poll.
The Beacons return 22 players from last year's 18-2-3 team, including six players who started in 15 or more games. UMass Boston finished the season sixth in the nation in total goals (72), ninth in goals per game (3.13) and 12th in shots per game (21.04).
Head coach Jake Beverlin's squad will face one of their toughest tests right out of the gate, when they play #19 Lynchburg College on Sunday September 3 at 11 a.m.