CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Maine women's soccer team has been selected third in the 2014 America East Preseason Poll, released on Wednesday, August 13. The Black Bears received 49 points in the poll.
UMBC, the defending America East champion, was selected to repeat, as the Retrievers received 59 points in the poll. Stony Brook came in a close second, as the Seawolves received 58 points. Maine followed with Hartford being selected fourth with 47 points. New Hampshire was fifth with 32 points, followed by Vermont with 30 points and Binghamton with 26 points. Albany and UMass Lowell rounded out the poll, as each received 13 points.
Maine finished 9-5-5 a year ago and was in contention to win the 2013 America East title until the final week of the season. The Black Bears return 16 letterwinners, including five of its top seven scorers from a year ago.
Eve L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) led the team in scoring with five goals and three assists for 13 points. She was followed by Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec) and Jordan Pellerin (Waterville, Maine) who each had four goals and one assist for nine points. Joanie L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) finished with a goal and three assists for five points. Camille Varin-Treblay (St.-Hubert, Quebec) added a pair of goals.
Lauren Swant (Oakville, Ontario) returns to anchor the keeper duties. She was 9-5-3 last season with a 0.87 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. Swant had five shutouts. Claudie Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) played in three games a year ago.
Maine has eight newcomers on its roster for the 2014 season. The Black Bears kick off the 2014 campaign when they host Quinnipiac on Friday, August 22 at 4 PM.