July 31, 2002
AMHERST, Mass.-- Seniors Jeff Deren (Chicopee, Mass.) and Derek Rhodes (DePere, Wis.) were named to the 2002 Atlantic 10 Preseason Men's Soccer All-Conference Team, released on Wednesday.
Deren, a forward, was the 2001 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Minutemen and Atlantic 10 in scoring with 38 points (16 g, 6 a). Deren also earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. He scored two goals on four different occasions, and tallied a team-best five game-winning goals in leading the Minutemen to a 15-6-1 record in 2001.
Rhodes tallied 13 points (3 g, 7 a) from his midfielder position in 2001. He scored the lone goal in UMass' 1-0 win over Creighton in the NCAA First Round. He had a season-high two assists in a 3-2 win over Saint Joseph's.
The Minutemen open the season on August 25 with an exhibition game against Rutgers in Chicopee, Mass. They open the regular-season on August 30 at the Navy Tournament in Annapolis, Md., against Towson.