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Aug. 16, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia men’s soccer team was tabbed #7 in the 2001 NSCAA/adidas? preseason national rankings for NCAA Division I Men, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The Connecticut Huskies, the defending National Champions, were tabbed #1, followed by the NCAA runner-up Creighton Bluejays (#2), the Southern Methodist Mustangs (#3), the Indiana Hoosiers (#4) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (#5). The Stanford Cardinal was listed #6, followed by the Virginia Cavaliers (#7), the Clemson Tigers (#8), the Brown Bears (#9) and the San Diego Toreros at #10 to round out the top ten teams.

UVa is one of three schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference that appeared in the top eight spots in the poll (North Carolina #5, Virginia #7 and Clemson #8). The conference also had four teams listed in the top 13 rankings with the Duke Blue Devils coming in at #13. Three teams from the Commonwealth of Virginia appeared in the preseason poll with the James Madison Dukes (#20) and the William & Mary Tribe (#25) joining UVa in the ranks. James Madison and William & Mary will each play the Cavaliers in the 2001 regular season. Aside from facing its ranked ACC foes, Virginia will also play Creighton on September 9th in the Fila/Maryland Classic after hosting the UCLA Bruins (#24) in the Virginia Soccer Classic on September 2nd.

UVa returns nine starters and 14 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 17-6-1 overall, 5-1-0 in the ACC. The Cavaliers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship for the third consecutive season. Virginia was ranked #10 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll in 2000.

Here is a look at the 2001 NSCAA/adidas? preseason national rankings:

Rank	Team			2000 Record1.	Connecticut		20-3-22.	Creighton		22-4-03.	Southern Methodist	20-5-04.	Indiana			16-6-05.	North Carolina		21-3-06.	Stanford		18-3-17.	VIRGINIA		17-6-18.	Clemson			14-4-29.	Brown			13-6-110.	San Diego		16-2-211.	St. John's		14-5-212.	Washington		14-6-013.	Duke			15-6-014.	San Jose State		20-1-115.	Saint Louis		13-3-216.	Rhode Island		17-6-117.	South Carolina		12-4-318.	Ohio State		12-5-419.	Alabama-Birmingham	14-5-220.	James Madison		17-4-121.	Illinois-Chicago	18-4-222.	Furman			17-4-223.	Kentucky		11-9-224.	UCLA			12-7-025.	William & Mary		12-9-2

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