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Preseason polls have been released for cross country, field hockey, football, soccer and volleyball. Today we start with soccer. 

1. Soccer (M) | Jumbos On Top

  1. Tufts
  2. Calvin
  3. Chicago
  4. Rochester
  5. Messiah
  6. Montclair State
  7. Case Western Reserve
  8. Luther
  9. Trinity, Texas
  10. Kenyon
11. Cortland 12. St. Thomas 13. Amherst 14. Ramapo 15. Eastern, 16. Penn State-Behrend 17. Franklin & Marshall 18. Carnegie Mellon 19. Saint Joseph's (Maine) 20. Wisconsin-Platteville, 21. North Park 22. Johns Hopkins 23. Connecticut College 24. Stevens 25. St. Norbert 

Also receiving votes: Carleton, NYU, John Carroll, Texas-Tyler, Brockport, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Capital, Haverford. 


Conference call: The UAA leads all conferences with four picks in the preseason top 25, while the NESCAC put three in the top 25. The Centennial, MAC Freedom, and NJAC each had two representatives in the preseason listing.


Note: The United Soccer Coaches preseason poll always reflects the final 2018 ranking.

Looking Back: Tufts, led by head coach Josh Shapiro, won its third championship in five years with a 2-1 victory against Calvin. It was the third time since 2011 that Calvin has finished second.

Who to Watch: Four first-team All-Americans are back on the pitch in 2019.

  • AJ Marcucci, Jr., Connecticut College, GK
  • Brady Johnston, Sr., Trinity, Texas, D
  • Joe Braun, Sr., Tufts, F
  • Ben Prange, Sr., St. Norbert, F
>> Poll courtesy United Soccer Coaches


2. Soccer (W) | An Eph Three-Peat?

  1. Williams
  2. Middlebury
  3. Washington-St. Louis
  4. Christopher Newport
  5. William Smith
  6. Misericordia
  7. Messiah
  8. College of New Jersey
  9. Wheaton, Ill.
  10. Hardin-Simmons
11. Lynchburg, 12. Centre, 13. Amherst, 14. Swarthmore, 15. Hope, 16. Johns Hopkins, 17. Wisconsin-La Crosse, 18. Trinity, Texas, 19. St. Thomas, 20. MIT, 21. Farmingdale State, 22. Tufts, 23. Otterbein, 24. Stevens, 25. Scranton

Also receiving votes: Ithaca, Loras, Chicago, Emory, Geneseo, Grove City, RIT, Mount St. Joseph, Brandeis.

Conference call: The NESCAC leads all conferences with four picks in the preseason top 25, while the Centennial, and MAC Freedom put two in the top 25. 

Note: The United Soccer Coaches preseason poll always reflects the final 2018 ranking.

Looking Back: Williams made it back-to-back titles and three in four seasons by turning back NESCAC rival Middlebury in PKs (3-2) after battling to a 1-1 draw. It was the Panthers' first trip to the national final.

Who to Watch: Four first-team All-Americans are back on the pitch in 2019.
  • Kristen Canepa, Sr., Trinity, Texas, D
  • Sarah Tomich, Jr., Wheaton, Ill., D
  • Julia Panko, Sr., Stevens, M
  • Riley Cook, Jr., Christopher Newport, F
>> Poll courtesy United Soccer Coaches


3. Around the NCAA

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee has recommended adding an arc within the goal-crease area to clearly define the "goal mouth."

The new arc will extend 6 feet from the center of the goal line to the goal lines extended. Members of the committee, which met last week in Indianapolis, think this adjustment will address concerns raised by head coaches and officials in this year's men's lacrosse rules survey.

If approved, offensive players would be prohibited from jumping or diving then subsequently landing in the newly defined goal mouth. In addition, the committee recommends the penalty for initiating contact with the goalkeeper within the goal mouth will result in a no goal and a one-minute penalty. Landing in the goal mouth without contacting the goalkeeper will result in a no goal and a loss of possession.


Go Deeper >> http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/goal-mouth-arc-recommended-men-s-lacrosse



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  • Sept. 2 - Labor Day
  • Sept. 9-10 - Championships Committee, Indianapolis
  • Sept. 10 - Nominating Committee
  • Sept. 11-12 - Committee on Women's Athletics, Indianapolis
  • Sept. 11-12 - Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee, Indianapolis
  • Sept. 16 - Honors Committee, Indianapolis
  • Sept. 16 - Nominations close for NCAA Award for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sept. 18-19 - DIII Commissioners Association, Las Vegas
  • Sept. 24-25 - Interpretations and Legislative Committee, Indianapolis
  • Oct. 13-15 - Women Leaders in College Sports National Convention, Phoenix
  • Oct. 18-20 - FAR Fellows Institute, Indianapolis

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