M. SOCCER

Tampa Displays No. 5 Showing in SSC Preseason Rankings

ORLANDO, Fla. - National finalist Lynn University has been selected as the preseason favorite to repeat as Sunshine State Conference men's soccer champions in 2012, as the University of Tampa is fifth.

The Fighting Knights collected 192 points in a preseason poll conducted among SSC head coaches and sports information directors. Lynn received 16 first-place votes, the highest total possible since each school's voters do not rank their own squad.

Barry, which tied for fourth in the 2011 league standings, was selected to place second. The Buccaneers gathered 158 points to narrowly edge Rollins, which was slated to finish third with 157 points. The Tars, who ranked third in last fall's standings, also received the two remaining first-place votes.

Florida Tech was tabbed to finish fourth with 120 points. Tampa appeared in the fifth spot with 100 points. Saint Leo was predicted to finish sixth, collecting 94 points.

Eckerd (73), Nova Southeastern (41), and Florida Southern (37) rounded out the preseason poll.

2012 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE PRESEASON MEN'S SOCCER POLL
Rank - Team, Points (1st Place Votes)
1 - Lynn, 192 (16)
2 - Barry, 158
3 - Rollins, 157 (2)
4 - Florida Tech, 120
5 - Tampa, 100
6 - Saint Leo, 94
7 - Eckerd, 73
8 - Nova Southeastern, 41
9 - Florida Southern, 37

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