Titans Picked Third; Ramos Earns Preseason Recognition
IRVINE, Calif.—Cal State Fullerton has been selected to finished third in the Big West South Division according to the Big West preseason coaches' poll, which was released Thursday by the league office, making the Titans favorites to earn a trip to the Big West Conference Tournament for a third time in four seasons.
In addition to the polls being released, junior midfielder Ian Ramos also represents the Titans on the 11-man preseason all-conference squad. Ramos enters the season as one the most dynamic players in the league, as he led the Titans in points, goals, shots, and shots on goal during conference play a season ago.
Defending South Division champion Cal State Northridge garnered the respect of the league once again this year, as it was picked as the preseason favorite to win the South for a second straight year, collecting six first place votes and 30 points overall.
Orange County rival UC Irvine finished second in the South voting, earning 21 points overall (one first place vote), followed by the Titans (one first place vote) and UC Riverside, each accumulating 16 and 13 points respectively.
There was less of a clear favorite in the North Division with three teams being separated by four points or less in the polls.
UC Santa Barbara got the nod as the slight favorite to come out of the North Division, collecting five first place votes to go along with 25 points overall. 2012 North Division Champions UC Davis finished just behind the Gauchos with 23 points and three first place votes.
Traditional powerhouse Cal Poly also looks to contend this season, as it garnered 21 points to claim a third place spot in the poll, while Sacramento State was picked fourth with 11 points.
The Titans open the regular season on Aug. 30 vs. Memphis at 5:30 p.m. (PST) in Northridge, Calif.