WINTER PARK, Fla. (August 20, 2014) - Rollins received 54 points and earned two first-place votes to be picked second in the preseason SSC men's soccer poll, it was announced on Wednesday.
Saint Leo collected 62 points along with the six first-place votes in the poll conducted among the conference head men's soccer coaches. Lynn collected 48 points to sit third, while the reigning SSC tournament champion Barry Buccaneers earned the remaining first-place vote and 45 points to sit fourth.
Tampa (36 points) capped the top-five, while Florida Tech (26 points), Florida Southern (25 points), Nova Southeastern (16 points) and Eckerd (12 points) rounded out the poll.
Rollins returns just six starters from last year's lineup. The Tars had five All-SSC First Team recipients last season, but only 2013 SSC Freshman of the Year Tosan Popo returns from that group. Coming off the bench last year and earning All-SSC Second Team honors was Grant Blackhurst. He returns for his junior season.
The Tars advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals a season ago and were recently ranked No. 5 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll. Saint Leo was ranked No. 17 in the same poll.
2014 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Men's Soccer Poll
Rank - Team, Points (1st-place votes)
1 - Saint Leo, 62 (6)
2 - Rollins, 54 (2)
3 - Lynn, 48
4 - Barry, 45 (1)
5 - Tampa, 36
6 - Florida Tech, 26
7 - Florida Southern, 25
8 - Nova Southeastern, 16
9 - Eckerd, 12