LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell senior midfielder Evelyn Nicinski was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Women's Soccer Team on Monday, just six days before the Bison kick off their 2014 campaign on the road at Hofstra. Nicinski, who was a Second Team All-Patriot League pick a year ago, was one of 12 players cited on the preseason squad, 10 of whom are seniors.
Nicinski was Bucknell's co-scoring leader last season with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Three of her four goals came in Patriot League play, and the team was 5-0-1 when she registered a point. She has eight goals and five assists in her career, and she is once again expected to be a top playmaker for the Bison from her central midfield position.
Nicinski also plays for the Polish National Team, and she is currently in Poland preparing for a game against Sweden on Thursday in Gdansk as UEFA World Cup qualifying winds down. Poland is 3-3-1 in UEFA Group 4 with three games remaining against Sweden (7-0-0), Northern Ireland (0-6-2) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1-3-3). Nicinski will return from Poland in time for the team's opener at Hofstra on Sunday.
In addition to selecting the Preseason All-Patriot League Team, the league's head coaches and sports information directors also conducted a preseason poll. Bucknell was picked sixth among the 10 teams in the poll. Last year the Bison finished 7-9-2 overall and 4-4-1 in conference play. They tied for fifth place in the standings and entered the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 6 seed, where they dropped a heart-stopper in penalty kicks at Colgate.
2014 Preseason Poll
1. Boston University - 159 points (15 first-place votes)
2. Navy - 148 (5)
3. Colgate - 131
4. Army - 101
5. American - 98
6. Bucknell - 82
7. Lehigh - 55
8. Loyola - 46
9. Holy Cross - 43
10. Lafayette – 37
Preseason All-League Team *
Morgan Dankanich, Navy, Sr., F
Erica Kosienski, Boston U., So., F
Lindsay Muri, American, Sr., F
Catherine Williams, Colgate, Jr., F
Caroline Brawner, Colgate, Sr., M
Rachel Hunter, Navy, Sr., M
Evelyn Nicinski, Bucknell, Sr., M
Gina Righini, Holy Cross, Sr., M
Kirsten Eriksen, American, Sr., D
Kai Miller, Boston U., Sr., D
Jade Seabrook, Navy, Sr., D
Charlene Belanger, American, Sr., GK
*12 players due to a tie in the voting
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year - Morgan Dankanich, Navy, Sr., F
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year - Jade Seabrook, Navy, Sr., D