William and Mary was named the Colonial Athletic Association favorite in a coaches' poll, and junior midfielder Antonio Bustamante was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year. He led W&M last season with 10 goals and 24 points.
The preseason All-CAA team also included Tribe juniors Ryder Bell and Marcel Berry, while senior William Eskay and sophomore Tanner Shane gained honorable mention.
W&M returns 20 players from a 12-7-2 team that fell to Hofstra in the conference tournament final. The Tribe will play an exhibition at 7 p.m. Saturday against Navy at Albert-Daly Field.
The Colonial Athletic Association released its schedule of conference games, which includes 18 games per team. Like last season, every CAA squad will face all the others home and away.
The first CAA games will be held Dec. 30, and the last will take place Feb. 24. The teams will start with four games in nine days, then will play primarily on a Thursday-Saturday format for the rest of the season. The conference tournament will be March 3-6 at North Charleston Coliseum.