Indiana deemed an early favorite on conference and national landscape
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Reigning NCAA champion Indiana was picked as the favorite to win the Big Ten title in a poll of conference coaches, as well as the preseason favorite in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll.
In addition, senior midfielder A.J. Corrado, senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov and junior midfielder Dylan Mares were selected as three Hoosiers to watch in 2013. Corrado led the Big Ten in assists last season with 12, starting all 24 matches for the Hoosiers in 2012.
Kotlov is IU's leading returning scorer, finishing with nine goals and four assists (22 points) in 23 appearances. He finished the 2012 season tied for second in the Big Ten in points and goals scored and was third in shot attempts.
Mares is entering his first season as a Hoosier after two years at Louisville. Last season he started 18 of 19 matches and led the team in goals (seven) and total points (20). As a freshman in 2010, he appeared in 22 matches and was named Big East Rookie of the Year. Mares missed the 2011 season due to injury.
Indiana returns eight starters from last year's championship team, including senior captains Jacob Bushue and Harrison Petts. The 2013 season gets under way on Aug. 30 against SMU at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic in Bloomington.
The Hoosiers will face a total of 12 teams in 2013 that made last year's NCAA tournament field. No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Louisville, No. 18 Brown, No. 19 Northwestern and No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth are all NSCAA preseason top-25 teams that Indiana will face this season.
|No. 1 Indiana vs. SMU||7:30 p.m.|
|No. 2 Maryland vs. Stanford||10 p.m.|
|No. 3 Georgetown vs. Cal||5 p.m.|
|No. 4 UNC vs. Monmouth||7:30 p.m.|
|No. 5 UConn vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)||7 p.m.|
|No. 6 Creighton vs. Tulsa||7:30 p.m.|
|No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 9 UCLA||5 p.m.|
|No. 8 Akron vs. College of Charleston||7:30 p.m.|
|No. 10 Louisville vs. No. 25 Virginia||8 p.m.|
|No. 1 Indiana vs. UCLA||10 p.m.|
|No. 2 Maryland vs. Cal||5:30 p.m.|
|No. 3 Georgetown vs. Stanford||7 p.m.|
|No. 4 UNC vs. Coastal Carolina||7 p.m.|
|No. 6 Creighton vs. Cal Poly||noon|
|No. 7 Notre Dame vs. SMU||11:30 a.m.|
|No. 8 Akron vs. Furman||noon|
|No. 9 UCLA vs. Indiana||2 p.m.|
|No. 5 UConn vs. William & Mary||7 p.m.|