August 16, 2005                       
Catamounts Picked to Finish Fifth in America East Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll

The University of Vermont Catamounts were picked to finish fifth, in a tie with Stony Brook, in the 2005 America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll released by the conference this afternoon.

Vermont posted a record of 9-9-1 overall and went 4-5-0 in league play in 2004, just missing out on a playoff berth by one game.
Second year head coach Kerry Dziczkaniec (pronounced diss-conn-iss) returns 14 letterwinners, including the team’s leading scorers from the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons, and welcomes 10 newcomers to the squad. 

Senior Jamie Koehnlein (Honeoye, N.Y.) led the team in scoring as a rookie in 2002.  She was the first freshmen to lead the Catamounts in points since 1996 and enters the 2005 season with 30 career points.  Senior Nikkie Hessney (Victor, N.Y.) is back for her fifth year with the squad.  Hessney sat out 2004 as a redshirt with an injury, but led Vermont in scoring in 2003 and enters this season with 40 career points.  Junior Amy Cochran (Keene, N.H.) also returns to the mix this season.  She led America East in scoring and picked up America East All-Conference Second Team honors a year ago.  Cochran set new school standards in goals (13) and points (31) in a season and also earned a spot on the NSCAA/adidas All-Northeast team.  She enters her junior year with 43 points in 37 career games.

Boston University was picked as the favorite to win the America East title for the second straight year, while Maine, New Hampshire and defending champion Binghamton rounded out the top four. Vermont was followed by Hartford (7), UMBC (8) and Albany (9).

The Catamounts open the 2005 season hosting the TD Banknorth Classic on August 26th and 28th at Centennial Field.  America East rival New Hampshire faces defending national champion Notre Dame at 2:30pm on Friday, August 26 and will be followed by Vermont versus Western Michigan at 4:30pm.  On Sunday, August 28, the Wildcats take on Western Michigan at 10:30am and the Catamounts battle the Fighting Irish at 12:30pm. 

The first 100 fans to the match on August 26th will receive a schedule magnet featuring the men’s and women’s soccer schedules courtesy of Marcos’ Pizza.  August 28th is “Youth Soccer Day” at Centennial Field.  All Vermont youth soccer players will be admitted to the game free by wearing their team shirts.  The first 100 fans will also receive a Vermont Soccer T-Shirt.

Lisa Champagne
Director of Athletic Communications
University of Vermont
P: 802-656-1818
F: 802-656-8328
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