The Tars collected 60 points and received four of the nine first-place votes in a preseason poll conducted among the conference head men's soccer coaches. The Fighting Knights received 59 points and also collected four first-place votes.
Tampa, who collected 52 points to sit third in the preseason poll, received the final first-place vote.
Florida Tech (37 points) and Saint Leo (33 points) capped the top-five, while Eckerd (32 points), Barry (24 points), Nova Southeastern (19 points) and Florida Southern (8 points) rounded out the poll.
Rollins returns 10 of 11 starters and a total of 20 letter winners from last season, including SSC Freshman of the Year and All-American Walker Hume. Also returning for the Tars are All-SSC players Rob Crowley, Brett Durrance, Evan Greenbaum and Keneil Baker.
Despite losing eight everyday starters, Lynn was ranked No. 1 in the recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll. Rollins was tabbed No. 8 and Tampa was ranked No. 20 in the same poll.
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2013 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Men's Soccer Poll
Rank - Team, Points (1st-place votes)
1 - Rollins, 60 (4)
2 - Lynn, 59 (4)
3 - Tampa, 52 (1)
4 - Florida Tech, 37
5 - Saint Leo, 33
6 - Eckerd, 32
7 - Barry, 24
8 - Nova Southeastern, 19
9 - Florida Southern, 8