MILWAUKEE - Marian University men's soccer picked up a total of 138 votes placing them eighth in the NACC preseason poll, as voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the league.
Dominican was picked as the favorite to win the conference after the Stars (14-5 overall in 2017) tied for second in the NACC regular-season standings last season with an 8-2 record in league play. The Stars rebounded to capture the NACC Tournament title with a 2-1 win over fifth-seeded MSOE before being edged by Capital (Ohio), 2-1, in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship.
Dominican received 18 of 24 first-place votes and 281 points in the preseason poll.
Defending NACC regular-season champion Concordia University Wisconsin was second with 251 points and four top votes, while Benedictine University accumulated 231 points and the final two top nods to edge Aurora University for third place. The Spartans took fourth with 229 points.
Milwaukee School of Engineering was fifth with 187 points, Illinois Institute of Technology sixth with 151, Edgewood College seventh with 140 and Marian University eighth with 138.
Wisconsin Lutheran College was ninth with 105 points and Concordia University Chicago 10th with 71. Rockford University and Lakeland University took the final two spots in the poll with 54 and 32 points, respectively.
The Sabres are coming off of a 10-9-0 season where Marian earned a spot in the NACC Tournament for the first time since 2010. Marian also had a winning season last year for only the second time since 2002.
The NACC's regular season standings determine the teams that qualify for the six-team conference tournament, while the tournament champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
2018 NACC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
|2.||Concordia Wisconsin (4)||251|
First-place votes in parentheses
Voted by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors
12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale used