GW Men's Soccer Predicted to Finish Sixth in Atlantic 10
Defending Regular-Season Champion Colonials Return Pair of All-Conference Selections
Aug. 3, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Coming off a share of the 2011 Atlantic 10 regular-season crown and a trip to the conference title match, the George Washington men's soccer team has been picked to finish sixth in the A-10 preseason poll according to a vote of the league's 16 head coaches.
NCAA College Cup runner-up Charlotte was picked to capture the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship, followed by two-time defending champion Xavier and league newcomer VCU. Saint Louis and Fordham - with whom the Colonials shared the 2011 regular-season title - rounded out the top five. La Salle and another A-10 newcomer, Butler, tied for seventh, followed by Duquesne, Dayton and Temple. Rhode Island, which has claimed a league-best six championships, is 12th in the predicted order of finish, while Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure and Saint Joseph's round out the poll.
The newly expanded eight-team A-10 Men's Soccer Championship will be held Nov. 8-11 at Charlotte's Transamerica Field.
GW alumnus and long-time assistant coach Craig Jones ('98) takes over the helm of the Colonials after the retirement of 2011 A-10 Coach of the Year George Lidster. Jones will look to guide his alma mater to the A-10 Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2003 and 2004 campaigns.
GW returns 14 letterwinners and six starters from last season's squad, which posted a 10-6-3 overall record and 7-2-0 conference mark to claim a share of the A-10 regular-season crown before falling to Xavier on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in the title match.
The Colonials will be led by senior forward Seth Rudolph, an A-10 First-Team All-Conference selection in 2011 who ranked fifth in the league with eight goals. Rudolph needs just five goals and eight points in 2012 to join GW's career top-10 lists in both categories.
Also returning for the Colonials is All-Rookie Team honoree Matthew Scott, who started 13 games and logged more than 1,000 minutes in central defense in an impressive debut campaign.
GW opens its 2012 slate on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. against Long Island at the GW Soccer Field on the Mount Vernon Campus. The Colonials will face six of the top eight teams in the A-10 preseason poll during the regular season, including a season-ending trip to preseason favorite Charlotte on Nov. 3.
2012 A-10 Men's Soccer Predicted Order of Finish (2011 record)
1. Charlotte (16-5-4/6-1-2 A-10)
2. Xavier (12-5-4/4-3-2 A-10)
3. VCU (11-9-0/6-5-0 CAA)
4. Saint Louis (6-10-1/4-5-0 A-10)
5. Fordham (11-7-1/7-2-0 A-10)
6. George Washington (10-6-3/7-2-0 A-10)
T7. Butler (7-8-3/2-4-2 Horizon)
T7. La Salle (7-9-4/4-2-3 A-10)
9. Duquesne (7-9-2/4-4-1 A-10)
10. Dayton (5-13-1/4-4-1 A-10)
11. Temple (9-10-0/5-4-0 A-10)
12. Rhode Island (7-10-1/4-4-1 A-10)
13. Massachusetts (4-13-2/2-5-2 A-10)
14. Richmond (5-12-1/4-5-0 A-10)
15. St. Bonaventure (4-12-3/0-7-2 A-10)
16. Saint Joseph's (2-15-0/1-8-0 A-10)
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