Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll
Newport News, Va. - (Aug. 21, 2018) – With the regular season set to open this week, the Atlantic 10 Conference announced its preseason coaches' poll and All-Conference team for men's soccer on Tuesday. After its run to the NCAA quarterfinals last season and winning two of the last four conference championships, Fordham was the coaches' pick to finish first. Fordham, who was ranked 16th in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, took the top spot in the poll with six first place votes and 159 points, followed by VCU, who received four first place votes and 149 points, and Massachusetts, who got two first place votes and 144 points. Rhode Island was fourth, with Dayton, Saint Louis, George Washington, Davidson, George Mason, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, and Duquesne rounding out the poll. The top eight teams in the conference will advance to the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship at the end of the season with opening round games at campus sites. The semifinals and final then move to Saint Louis' Hermann Stadium on November 9-11. In addition to being picked first in the preseason poll, three Rams, Janos Loebe (Kierspe, Germany), Rashid Nuhu (Accra, Ghana), and Joergen Oland(Drammen, Norway) were named to the Preseason All-Conference team for the second consecutive year.