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Maryland is picked to capture the Big Ten title in its first season in the league.
Maryland Tagged Big Ten Preseason Favorite
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 08/21/2014

CHICAGO Maryland topped the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll, released by the conference office Wednesday. In addition, Tsubasa Endoh, Dan Metzger and Zack Steffen were named to the Players to Watch List.

The Terps return nine starters from last year’s squad which advanced to a second consecutive College Cup. Maryland captured its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2014.

Top returners include Endoh, Metzger and Steffen. Endoh, a junior, and Metzger, a senior captain, will look to seal up the midfield while Steffen is set for his second season in front of the net.

Endoh appeared in all 26 games, earning starts in 25, and notched three goals and six assists on as a sophomore in 2014. Metzger was an All-ACC First Team selection as arguably the most instrumental player in the Terps’ successful campaign a year ago. Steffen, one of the top goalkeeping prospects in the U.S., was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team as a rookie in 2014.

Maryland hosts its lone exhibition match Saturday at 7 p.m. against Delaware at Ludwig Field. The Terps hit the road for the season opener at No. 14 Louisville Friday, Aug. 29 before welcoming Coastal Carolina for the home opener Sept. 1.

BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

1. Maryland

2. Michigan State

3. Michigan 

4. Penn State

5. Indiana

6. Northwestern

7. Wisconsin

8. Rutgers

9. Ohio State

BIG TEN MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Indiana, Jr., Forward/Midfield

Tanner Thompson, Indiana, So., Midfield

Jamie Vollmer, Indiana, Sr., Midfield

Dan Metzger, Maryland, Sr., Midfield

Zack Steffen, Maryland, So., Goalkeeper

Tsubasa Endoh, Maryland, Jr., Midfield

Tyler Arnone, Michigan, Sr., Midfield

Adam Grinwis, Michigan, Sr., Goalkeeper

Marcos Ugarte, Michigan, Sr., Midfield

Fatai Alashe, Michigan State, Sr., Midfield

Adam Montague, Michigan State, Sr., Forward

Jay Chapman, Michigan State, Jr., Midfield

Tyler Miller, Northwestern, Sr., Goalkeeper

Nikko Boxall, Northwestern, Sr., Defense

Joey Calistri, Northwestern, Jr., Forward

Alex Ivanov, Ohio State, Sr., Goalkeeper

Kyle Culbertson, Ohio State, Jr., Midfield

Danny Jensen, Ohio State, So., Forward

Andrew Wolverton, Penn State, Sr., Goalkeeper

Mikey Minutillo, Penn State, Sr., Forward

Owen Griffith, Penn State, Sr., Midfield

David Greczek, Rutgers, So., Goalkeeper

Ross Tetro, Rutgers, Jr., Defense

Nathan Bruccoleri, Rutgers, Sr., Midfield

Drew Conner, Wisconsin, Jr., Midfield

David Caban, Wisconsin, Sr., Defense/Midfield

Jacob Brindle, Wisconsin, Sr., Midfield/Forward



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