WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW's men’s soccer team was picked by the league’s coaches to finish fifth in the tough Colonial Athletic Association, which sent three teams to the NCAA tournament in 2012 and four in 2011.

The Seahawks enter their 13th season under the direction of veteran head coach Aidan Heaney and finished the 2012 season with a mark of 7-11-1 overall.

“The CAA has always been a tough league, one that anyone can win,” said Heaney. “Points are at a premium every time you take the field. Northeastern and Drexel were very strong last season and return plenty of firepower, as do we. We’re looking forward to getting preseason workouts going and getting back to competition.”

UNCW returns seven starters, including its top six scorers from last season’s club. Sophomore Colin Bonner paced the UNCW squad with six goals and two assists while Jamie Dell, a junior, added four goals and four assists.

Defending CAA champion Northeastern was picked to defend its crown as the Huskies return eight starters.

Drexel, who reached in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1972, was picked second followed by James Madison and Hofstra.

Rounding out the coaches preseason predicted order of finish were William & Mary, conference newcomer Charleston and Delaware.

The Seahawks take the field for the first of two exhibition games on Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. against visiting Longwood. The game will be part of a doubleheader with USL member Wilmington Hammerheads hosting Antigua at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets for the Longwood game, please visit wilmingtonhammerheads.com.