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Maryland Selected as Preseason Favorite in Big Ten Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Poll

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Rosemont, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced its 2014 men's soccer preseason coaches' poll and players to watch list on Wednesday, with Maryland claiming the top spot among the nine teams heading into its first year in the conference.

The Terrapins reached the national championship game last season. Maryland concluded the 2013 campaign with a 17-4-5 record, and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 19 times since 1994.

Michigan State checked in at No. 2 in the preseason poll, followed by Michigan at No. 3, defending Big Ten champion Penn State at No. 4 and Indiana, the 2013 Big Ten Tournament champions, at No. 5.

The 2014 players to watch list features Michigan's Tyler Arnone, last season's Midfielder of the Year and Penn State's Andrew Wolverton, the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year. The list also includes four 2013 first-team All-Big Ten honorees, five second-team selections and one All-Freshman Team honoree. The complete preseason coaches' poll and players to watch list can be found below.

All nine conference teams kick off the 2014 men's soccer season on Friday, Aug. 29.

BIG TEN MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

1. Maryland

2. Michigan State

3. Michigan 

4. Penn State

5. Indiana

6. Northwestern

7. Wisconsin

8. Rutgers

9. Ohio State

BIG TEN MEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Indiana, Jr., Forward/Midfield

Tanner Thompson, Indiana, So., Midfield

Jamie Vollmer, Indiana, Sr., Midfield

Dan Metzger, Maryland, Sr., Midfield

Zack Steffen, Maryland, So., Goalkeeper

Tsubasa Endoh, Maryland, Jr., Midfield

Tyler Arnone, Michigan, Sr., Midfield

Adam Grinwis, Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper

Marcos Ugarte, Michigan, Sr., Midfield

Fatai Alashe, Michigan State, Sr., Midfield

Adam Montague, Michigan State, Sr., Forward

Jay Chapman, Michigan State, Jr., Midfield

Tyler Miller, Northwestern, Sr., Goalkeeper

Nikko Boxall, Northwestern, Sr., Defense

Joey Calistri, Northwestern, Jr., Forward

Alex Ivanov, Ohio State, Sr., Goalkeeper

Kyle Culbertson, Ohio State, Jr., Midfield

Danny Jensen, Ohio State, So., Forward

Andrew Wolverton, Penn State, Sr., Goalkeeper

Mikey Minutillo, Penn State, Sr., Forward

Owen Griffith, Penn State, Sr., Midfield

David Greczek, Rutgers, So., Goalkeeper

Ross Tetro, Rutgers, Jr., Defense

Nathan Bruccoleri, Rutgers, Sr., Midfield

Drew Conner, Wisconsin, Jr., Midfield

David Caban, Wisconsin, Sr., Defense/Midfield

Jacob Brindle, Wisconsin, Sr., Midfield/Forward

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