Seahawk Men's Soccer Projected to be Third in CAC Preseason Poll

Seahawk Men's Soccer Projected to be Third in CAC Preseason Poll

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu 

Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team came in third in the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Preseason Coaches Poll, released Thursday morning, grabbing a pair of first-place votes.

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St. Mary's posted an 11-win campaign last fall with a program-best seven league wins en route to its second straight 10-win season. The Seahawks welcome back just four starters but eighth-year head coach Alun Oliver '04 will be able to count on a deep, talented bench comprised of a strong veteran group and nine impactful rookies. The return of senior All-American Juwan Kearson (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) in the midfield and two-time All-Region selection Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie) upfront will be key in leading the team to a deep run in the CAC Tournament.

Christopher Newport University (45 points) edged out the defending champion University of Mary Washington by one point to earn the title of preseason favorite in the 2018 CAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll. The Captains finished the 2017 season as the regular-season champions and tournament runners-up. Mary Washington, which captured its first CAC title since 2001 last fall, and CNU each collected three first-place votes.

St. Mary's also nabbed a pair of first-place votes, taking third place in the preseason rankings with 39 total points after finishing 11-7 (7-2 CAC) and making it to the CAC Tournament semifinals as the No. 2 seed.

The Seahawks kicks off the 2018 season on the road at the Elmer Lord Memorial Classic hosted by Salisbury University this Friday and Saturday. St. Mary's will face Moravian College on Friday at 4:00 p.m. followed by Hobart College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

The full preseason coaches' poll is listed below with first-place votes in parenthesis.

2018 CAC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Christopher Newport

45 points (3)

2. Mary Washington

44 points (3)

3. St. Mary's (Md.)

39 points (2)

4. York (Pa.)

30 points

5. Salisbury

27 points

6. Frostburg State

18 points

7. Penn State Harrisburg

14 points

8. Southern Virginia

7 points

 

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