PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Defending Little East Conference (LEC) champion Western Connecticut State University has been picked to claim this year's league championship, according to the results of the 2018 LEC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Colonials, which finished 14-7-1 overall last season, shared the regular season title a year ago, and went on the win the LEC tournament for the first time since 2005. WestConn totaled 60 points and received six of nine first-place votes in the coaches' poll.
UMass Boston was picked to finish second after totaling 55 points and receiving two first-place votes. The Beacons were 9-6-3 last season and finished third in the LEC standings with 13 points off a record of 4-2-1. Rhode Island College was chosen to finish third this coming year after totaling 52 points. The Anchormen also tied for first the 2017 LEC standings before falling in the conference championship match for the third consecutive year.
Fourth-place in the 2018 LEC Preseason Coaches' poll went to Eastern Connecticut State University, which totaled 41 points and picked up one first-place vote, while Keene State College was picked fifth with 33 points. LEC newcomer Castleton University was picked to make the conference tournament in its inaugural LEC campaign, occupying the sixth-place position in the poll with 25 points, edging out Plymouth State University (24 points), UMass Dartmouth (17 points) and University of Southern Maine.
2018 LEC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Western Connecticut – 60 points (6 FPV)
2. UMass Boston – 55 points (2 FPV)
3. Rhode Island College – 52 points
4. Eastern Connecticut – 41 points (1 FPV)
5. Keene State – 33 points
6. Castleton – 25 points
7. Plymouth State – 24 points
T8. UMass Dartmouth – 17 points
T8. Southern Maine – 17 points