Five Rhode Island Teams Picked To Finish In Top-Three Of Atlantic 10 Spring Preseason Polls

Jan. 10, 2007


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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Atlantic 10 has released preseason coaches polls for its spring sports. Of the eight spring A-10 sports in which Rhody competes, five were picked to finish in the top-three with women's rowing and men's outdoor track & field both leading the way with expected second-place finishes.


Last season, the Rhody rowers placed fourth at the A-10 Championships and finished third at the ECAC Championships. First-year head coach Shelagh Donohoe and the Rams open spring competition at home against Rutgers on March 25.


The men's track and field squad capped off its 2006 campaign with a second-place finish at the A-10's and went on to capture the New England Championship title amongst a field of 36 tesams. Led by senior captains Christopher Adams, Ashhad Agyapong, David Bell and junior captain Sean Strizzi, the Rams first outdoor meet will be in Boston, Mass. at the Northeastern Invitational on March 24.


URI's men's golf, baseball and women's outdoor track & field teams each were picked to finish third in their respective A-10 polls.


The Rhody golfers placed third at last year's A-10 Championship and went on to finish 19th at the NCAA East Regionals. After winning this fall's ECAC and NEIGA New England Championships, the Rams open spring play at USF's Ron Smith Invitational in Tampa, Fla. on March 3.


After compiling a 35-16 overall record (19-6 A-10) and earning a top-seed in the conference championship last season, the baseball team saw its season come to an abrupt end with consecutive losses to Saint Louis and George Washington in the A-10 tournament. The Rams travel to Miami, Fla. to open up the season at Florida International on Feb. 23.


Last season, the women's outdoor track & field squad placed third at the A-10s and finished 14th (in a field of 31) at the New England's. Rhody will open its 2007 campaign in Boston, Mass. at the Northeastern Invitational on March 24.


The women's tennis team, which captured the ECAC and New England Championships and turned in a prefect 7-0 dual match record this fall, including three wins over A-10 opponents, was picked to finish ninth in the conference while the softball and men's tennis teams were predicted to finish 11th.


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