RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University was picked atop the 2013 PacWest Preseason Coaches’ Poll and placed four players on the Preseason All-Conference Team with the release of the annual preseason awards this week.
The Lancers received 160 points in the poll and senior goalkeeper Joey Pacheco was named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
Joining Pacheco on the preseason team were forward Alex Anderson, midfielder Jonathan Fausto and defender Paul Oliver. The Lancers were the only team with four players named to the 12-player team, Fresno Pacific and Notre Dame de Namur each had three.
Pacheco, the reigning 2011 and 2012 PacWest Keeper of the Year, was also a 2012 and 2011 first team all-conference honoree. Fausto was named All-PacWest second team last season and both Anderson and Oliver were honorable mentions on the conference list.
The Lancers snagged seven first place votes in the coaches poll, topping FPU’s five (157 points) and NDNU’s one (144). Azusa Pacific (130) and Hawaii Pacific (115) rounded out the Top 5 in the poll.