Tampa Chosen Third in Preseason Women's Soccer Poll

ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Tampa is third as Rollins College has been given the nod as the preseason favorite to win the 2012 Sunshine State Conference women's soccer title.

If the preseason poll proves to be a true indicator of how the season will shape up, competition should be tight in the league this fall. The top four teams were separated by just 19 points, and each of those squads received first-place votes. The poll was conducted among the league's head women's soccer coaches and sports information directors.

Rollins led the poll with 166 points, while collecting three first-place votes. Very close behind was Saint Leo, which placed second with 163 points and nine first-place votes. Tampa took the third spot with 154 points and four first-place nods. Nipping on the Spartans' heels was Florida Tech with 147 points and two first-place votes.

Lynn gathered 110 points to settle into the No. 5 slot in the poll. Nova Southeastern was sixth with 82 points.

Florida Southern (65), Barry (61), and Eckerd (24) rounded out the poll.

UT welcomes back 12 letterwinners, including five starters from 2011. First-team all-region performers Gabby Russo and Shannon Walisch headline the Spartan frontline as Lauren Moore, Courtney Peffley and Candice Shields are also back after starting last season.

Rank - Team, Points (1st Place Votes)
1 - Rollins, 166 (3)
2 - Saint Leo, 163 (9)
3 - Tampa, 154 (4)
4 - Florida Tech, 147 (2)
5 - Lynn, 110
6 - Nova Southeastern, 82
7 - Florida Southern, 65
8 - Barry, 61
9 - Eckerd, 24

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