James Madison ranked atop preseason FCS poll, joined by four other CAA teams in Top 25

Nine of the 12 Colonial Athletic Association football teams including William and Mary received recognition in the 2017 STATS FCS Preseason Top 25 poll that was released on Monday.

Reigning national champion James Madison, which returns 14 starters from last year's squad that went 14-1 (8-0 in CAA play), received 134 of the 163 first-place votes in the poll of media.

James Madison beat Youngstown State in the championship game after eliminating five-time defending champ North Dakota State in the semifinals.

Four other Colonial Athletic Association teams besides James Madison are ranked: No. 7 Richmond, No. 10 Villanova, No. 13 New Hampshire and No. 25 Albany.

North Dakota State, which received 19 first-place votes, is ranked second. Sam Houston State (seven first-place votes), whose first game is against Richmond in Huntsville, Texas, is third.

Also receiving votes from the CAA were William and Mary, Delaware, Stony Brook and Maine.

Men's basketball

William and Mary, searching for chemistry in the first game of its trip to Jamaica, breezed past the Jamaican national under-21 team 103-59 Monday as the Tribe's top two scorers were newcomers. W&M took a 16-0 lead, starting 8-of-9 from the floor.

Sophomore Matt Milon, a transfer from Boston College, scored 22 points, hitting 4-of-7 shots from 3-point range and 7-of-14 overall from the field. Freshman Jihar Williams (16), Jamison Glover (14), Connor Burchfield (13), Nathan Knight (10) and David Cohn (10) also scored in double figures, and Cohn had nine assists.

Justin Pierce led W&M with nine rebounds and added eight points in the game in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Men's soccer

Junior Antonio Bustamante was named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List, the United Soccer Coaches announced on Tuesday.

The two-time All-CAA selection was one of 31 players named to the list, one of two from the state of Virginia and the only Colonial Athletic Association representative.

Bustamante is the second Tribe player and first since Nat Baako in 2010 to be named to the preseason watch list. College Soccer's version of the Heisman Trophy is presented annually to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the country.

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