By Matt Noonan
It’s still somewhat early; however, the fall sports season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to check in and see where some of Massachusetts, as well as other New England Division III schools stand according to power rankings and polls.
According to the latest D3football.com preseason poll, no local school cracked the Top-25, however, Springfield College and Williams College were mentioned as, “receiving votes.”
The Pride are coming off an exceptional ’10 season, where they won 9-of-11 games, as well as finished second in the E8 Conference, while the Ephs won the NESCAC championship for the third time in school history. Expect both schools to continue their success this season, but also, keep your eyes on Amherst College and Trinity College, as well as the rest of the NESCAC Conference.
NCAA.com released their most recent Division III men’s soccer poll on August 9 and five New England schools were mentioned in the top-25, which included [#4] Bowdoin College, [#6] Middlebury College, [#10] Amherst College, [#14] Babson College and [#24] Williams College.
The Polar Bears exciting season ended in San Antonio, Texas last December, as Lynchburg College defeated Bowdoin in the Division III final. However, expect the squad to continue their success from last year. Look for senior forward Eddie Jones and junior forward Michael Gale to continue to lead the team in goals and points. Also, head coach Fran O’Leary will have to rely on three young goaltenders, Eric Edelman, Will Wise and Steve Borukhin to anchor his defense.
Finally, the NCAA and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) ranked Wheaton College (MA) women’s soccer team 22nd in the country. The Lyons, have always been a very competitive and successful team over the past few years, especially because of their head coach, Luis Reis, who’ll rely heavily upon junior forward Cassey Muse and senior midfielder Emily Vincunas this season. Although, despite losing seniors Emily Hough, Colleen Liffers and D3soccer.com’s second team All-American, Alessia Viscomi, expect Reis to also rely upon his incoming freshman class, as well as sophomore forward Kristina Braga.
Wheaton will begin their quest toward an eighth NEWMAC tournament title when they host Roger Williams on Thursday September 1.