New Hampshire received votes in the preseason coaches poll, and is 30th in the 30-team College Soccer News preseason poll. The other two media polls, Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer America, hasn't been released.
UNH #22 in the Coaches Poll this week....here's your AE Soccer week 1 scores:
BostonU 0 @ UNH 1
Stony Brook 0 @ St Francis BKN 1
Vermont 1 @ Loyola Chicago 2 (grumble grumble..but loyola is p good)
Drexel 1 @ Binghamton 2
UMass Lowell 0 @ Providence 4
Incarnate Word 2 @ UMBC 1
Albany 2 @ Kentucky 3 (UK is #9 in the coaches' poll so that's a good showing by UA)
Hartford 0 @ Cal St Fullerton 2
While UVM lost on Friday's home opener to Iona, some more VT soccer news: Colchester's Selmir Miscic came on at halftime for the Union yesterday in their friendly against Mexican side Pumas. (The Union had a slew of international call-ups and Bethlehem also played that night so they were very shorthanded and called up Miscic)
New Hampshire is 13 in the 30-team College Soccer News rankings, and 23 in Top Drawer Soccer's latest poll. Tomorrow, Soccer America and the coaches' polls get released. No other AE teams got votes.
The Wildcats have an RPI of 32, and three other teams, Hartford, Vermont, and Albany, have an RPI better than 100. The conference's overall RPI is 11, which is good enough for only UNH to have an at-large bid...barely.
New Hampshire's loss to Albany caused them to drop in two polls, to 18 in Top Drawer Soccer's poll, and to 15 in College Soccer News's 30-team poll. Two more get released, but with Albany moving into NCAA bubble territory, and Vermont on the outside looking in, Wednesday's going to be interesting.
Finally, Soccer America's poll is out, and UNH falls to 20.
Oh, btw, today is Decision Day, with all games at 7:00.
New Hampshire vs. Vermont
Binghamton vs. Albany
Hartford vs. UMass Lowell
UMBC vs. Stony Brook
Simply put, winner take all in Durham, and a tie would go to New Hampshire on GD, since that would mean the schools' only losses would be to the same team, Albany. The bigger picture is that if New Hampshire wins the AE Tournament as a 1 seed, it's possible that if they beat Albany or Vermont in the AE Final, the team they beat could very well have played their way into an at-large spot by then.
Interesting upset, yesterday, UMass Lowell knocked off Albany, 1-0, ending their hopes at an at-large bid, and Hartford beating Binghamton, 2-0. New Hampshire's RPI is still 19, but I believe no matter what happens, the AE is a one-bid league.
Binghamton is headed towards it's 8th straight 20+ loss season under Dempsey. Attendance is down 15% since his first season and 70% (!) since 2009. The program has not ever hosted a tournament game since the format changed and only one postseason victory in 8 years.
Surely this is not what the...