AMCC releases fall preseason coaches' polls

Maggie Boehler
Maggie Boehler

The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) recently released its fall 2013 preseason coaches' polls for women's and men's soccer and volleyball.

The Pitt-Bradford women's soccer team, which advanced to the AMCC championship for the first time in school history in 2012, was tabbed second in the preseason poll behind defending champion Penn State Behrend. Sophomore Maggie Boehler was selected as the league's preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Boehler is one of five all-conference performers returning from a year ago. As a freshman, she was named the league's Newcomer of the Year and Co-Offensive Player of the Year after ranking second in the conference with 13 goals. She led all AMCC players with five game-winning tallies.

The Panthers have won a program best 13 games each of the last two years, and established a school record with eight conference victories in 2012.

The women open the season Saturday, Aug. 31, hosting Geneva.

The men's soccer team was picked to finish eighth. Penn State Behrend was tabbed the preseason favorite, followed by Medaille, La Roche, Hilbert and Penn State Altoona to round out the top five. Pitt-Greensburg and Mount Aloysius were sixth and seventh, respectively.

The men will be led by second-team all-AMCC goalkeeper Adam Forster. In 2012, Forster ranked sixth nationally in total saves and ninth in saves per game. He also ranked among the league's top netminders in save percentage and shutouts.

The Panthers kick off the 2013 campaign Friday, Aug. 30, at the Keuka Lakefront Classic against the host school.

The volleyball team was selected fourth in its preseason poll behind Penn State Behrend, Medaille and Franciscan. Penn State Altoona concluded the top five.

The Panthers will rely on the upperclassmen duo of Taylor McMillen and Kelcey Schaum in 2013. McMillen was a second-team all-AMCC performer a year ago while ranking in the top 10 in both kills and blocks per set. Schaum, the lone senior on the team, was among the team leaders in aces and digs per set.

Pitt-Bradford will compete in the Cortland State Red Dragon Classic Aug. 30 and 31 to open the season.