On Tuesday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, (NSCAA) unveiled its first soccer rankings of the season, and a few local squads earned spots in the various divisional lists.
Here are the men and women’s teams that received preseason recognition.
* In Division I, Boston College was the only squad from Massachusetts to earn a spot in the Top 25 at No. 14, while Brown University secured a spot as the No. 22 team in the country. The Eagles finished their 2011 season with 14 wins, and 15th in the country.
* The only local squad to secure a spot in the Div. II Top 25 was Southern New Hampshire. The Penmen are ranked seventh, and ended their campaign last year with 18 wins. They’ll be the squad to beat in the NE-10 this fall.
* Three teams earned preseason honors in the Division III rankings. Amherst College was listed at No. 6, Babson at No. 18 and Western New England College at No. 23. The Lord Jeffs finished their season with 16 wins, and 10th in the final rankings.
* Similar to the men’s soccer team, the Boston College women’s squad will begin their season as the No. 11 team in the country. After them, their local rival, Boston University is slated as the No. 23 team in the land.
* Even though they were not ranked, Harvard’s women’s soccer team is one of a few squads receiving votes.
* In Div. II, UMass-Lowell was the only squad to receive a preseason rank at No. 17. Merrimack College, similar to Harvard, is receiving votes.
* Amherst College will begin the season as the No. 7 team in Div. III, while Williams College was slotted at No. 13 and Springfield College at No. 25.