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July 15, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia’s 2004 men’s soccer recruiting class for this fall was ranked 16th in the country by College Soccer News in its Top-40 rankings of collegiate recruiting classes. UVa was one of seven schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference to have a recruiting class ranked in the Top-20 and was also one of three schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia to land in the Top-25.

UCLA’s recruiting class was listed as the top class in the rankings, followed by Duke, South Florida, North Carolina and Maryland to round out the Top-5. Wake Forest fell in at #6, followed by SMU, Virginia Tech, UC Santa Barbara and Clemson to fill out the Top-10. Other schools listed ahead of UVa in the rankings were Notre Dame, Oregon State, Connecticut, Indiana and New Mexico, respectively.

The Cavaliers are coming off the heels of a 2003 season where they finished 11-10-2 overall, 3-3-0 in the ACC. Virginia won the 2003 ACC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd consecutive year before bowing out in the NCAA Third Round. UVa relied heavily on its 2003 recruiting class of newcomers to fill several valuable roles last season. Virginia’s 2003 recruiting class was ranked eighth in the nation in last year’s College Soccer News Top-40 2003 Recruiting Classes poll.

Here is a look at the Top-40 2004 recruiting classes according to College Soccer News:

College Soccer News Top-40 2004 Recruiting Classes

1. UCLA2. Duke3. South Florida4. North Carolina5. Maryland6. Wake Forest7. SMU8. Virginia Tech9. UC Santa Barbara10. Clemson11. Notre Dame12. Oregon State13. Connecticut14. Indiana15. New Mexico16. VIRGINIA17. Stanford18. Michigan19. St. John's20. Saint Louis21. Furman22. Washington23. Old Dominion24. Tulsa25. Boston University26. UNC-Greensboro27. Loyola Marymount28. Boston College29. Penn State30. Santa Clara31. California32. Creighton33. UAB33. Rutgers35. Ohio State36. Wisconsin37. Coastal Carolina38. Vanderbilt39. Wisconsin-Milwaukee40. Kentucky

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