ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference announced the 2014 preseason coaches' poll Wednesday (Aug. 20), with the University of Michigan men's soccer team being chosen to finish third. Additionally, seniors Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) and Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I./Providence Country Day) were named to the Big Ten Players to Watch list.
Maryland, the No. 2 team in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, tops the rankings, followed by No. 10 Michigan State in the No. 2 spot. The Wolverines are ranked ahead of No. 15 Penn State, which is No. 4 in the poll, as well as No. 21 Wisconsin, which is No. 7 in the poll.
Indiana, which is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll, comes in at No. 5, while Northwestern is No. 6. Rutgers and Ohio State round out the poll in the No. 8 and No. 9 spots, respectively.
Arnone, the 2013 Big Ten Midfielder of the Year, returns to anchor the midfield. The co-captain became the fourth player in U-M history to earn back-to-back first team All-Big Ten accolades in program history last season. He enters his final season with 29 points in his career (nine goals, 11 assists) and 112 shots. He has the opportunity to become the first player in U-M history to earn three first team All-Big Ten accolades this season. He was named to the College Sports Madness preseason first team in 2013, as well as the TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI Third Team.
Grinwis, a three-year starter and co-captain, is striving to become one of the most storied goalkeepers in U-M history. He enters the season with 230 saves in his career, trailing only Peter Dzubay (298) in the all-time record book. He also will enter his final season in Maize and Blue with 12 shutouts, trailing both Patrick Sperry and Dzubay with 19 clean sheets in a career. He also enters the year with 23 wins, trailing Dzubay by 13 in the record books. Additionally, he has played in 58 matches in his U-M career.
Ugarte joined the Wolverines a season ago after two years at Providence. In his first season in Ann Arbor, he played in 15 matches with 12 starts after fighting through injuries for most of the season. He scored his first and only goal in Maize and Blue against Western Michigan, and he had a pair of assists.
The Wolverines begin the 2014 regular season on Friday (Aug. 29) at 4 p.m. against Florida International at U-M Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
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