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Kenyon Tabbed First in NCAC Men's Soccer Poll

Kenyon garnered nine of the possible 10 first-place votes for the top spot in the 2019 NCAC men's soccer preseason rankings.
Kenyon garnered nine of the possible 10 first-place votes for the top spot in the 2019 NCAC men's soccer preseason rankings.

NCAC Press Release

CLEVELAND, OH – The four-time defending North Coast Athletic Conference champion Kenyon Lords were tabbed as the favorites in the race for the 2019 men’s soccer championship according to preseason balloting of the league coaches. The Lords collected nine of 10 possible first-place votes and 99 points overall in the voting. 

Ohio Wesleyan was picked second after garnering the final first-place vote and 91 total points. Denison was tabbed third with 71 points, followed by Wabash (69) in fourth and Wooster (58) rounding out the top five. Sixth went to DePauw (57), followed by Allegheny and Oberlin in a tie for seventh with 32 points. Wittenberg was selected ninth with 25 points and Hiram completed the 10-team field with 16 points.

The Lords finished 2018 with an 18-1-3 record and an NCAA tournament run that extended into the third round. In 14 seasons, Head Coach Chris Brown has the most wins in program history and a 184-65-32 overall record, including seven NCAA tournament appearances. The 2019 Lords return one of their six all-conference members from a season ago in senior forward Phillipe Stengel (Miami, FL/Coral Reef Senior) who was an honorable mention selection after tallying seven goals and a team-high five assists. Senior defender Max Taylor (Chicago, IL/Saint Ignatius), junior defender Sam Hosmer-Quint (Columbia, MO/Hickman) and junior goalkeeper Ian McInturf (Cincinnati, OH/Cincinnati Country Day) also return to the lineup after starting all 22 matches last season.

The 2019 NCAC men’s soccer season begins Friday, Aug. 30, with eight conference teams playing in non-conference action. The first day of NCAC play is scheduled for Sept. 28.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women. 

 

2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)

1.

Kenyon (9)

99

2.

Ohio Wesleyan (1)

91

3.

Denison

71

4.

Wabash

69

5.

Wooster

58

6.

DePauw

57

7.

Allegheny

32

 

Oberlin

32

9.

Wittenberg

25

10.

Hiram

16