WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross men's soccer senior player Kyle Miller (Woodbury, N.J) has been voted as Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row in a vote by conference head coaches and sports information directors today. Colgate senior Jeff Leach was chosen as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Miller, who was named second team All-Patriot League last season, finished his junior campaign with three goals and one assist for seven points, leading the team. He also made a team-high 39 shots, 16 on-goal.
In addition to the preseason player of the year announcements, Holy Cross was elected to finish sixth in the Patriot League preseason poll. Bucknell, who collected 14 first place votes (98 total), was chosen as the preseason favorite to capture the league title.
Lehigh gained 68 points and one first-place vote for second place and was followed by Lafayette who had 65 points and one first-place vote. American and Colgate both collected 63 points, tying for fourth place, while Holy Cross (sixth place, 41 points), Navy (seventh, 35 points) and Army (eighth, 15 points) rounded out the league preseason standings.
The Crusaders will open up regular season competition at Sacred Heart on Wednesday, Sept. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The game will be held on Campus Field in Fairfield, Conn.