Northeastern Favored To Win 2013 CAA Men's Soccer
The Huskies claimed the top spot in the poll after receiving three first-place votes and 44 total points. Drexel, which won the CAA regular-season title in 2012, also got three first-place votes and finished second with 41 points. James Madison picked up one first-place tally and was third with 36 points, while Hofstra also got a first-place vote and was right behind with 35 points. UNCW was fifth in the balloting, followed by William and Mary, College of Charleston and Delaware.
Northeastern set a school record for victories in 2012 and was ranked #25 nationally by College Soccer News in its final poll. Back to lead the Huskies is junior defender Simon Cox, who scored four goals and was the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year last season. Also returning are midfielder Dante Marini (1 goal, 5 assists) and defender Ambry Moss, who both made the All-CAA second team a year ago, along with third-team All-CAA midfielder Jonathan Eckford. Forwards Terence Carter (3 goals, 1 assist) and Donovan Fayd’Herbe de Maudave (5 goals, 4 assists) were members of the 2012 CAA All-Rookie team.
Drexel returns seven starters from its 12-4-3 squad that lost just once in CAA play and earned an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1972. The Dragons’ top returnee is senior midfielder Nathan Page, who scored a team-high nine goals and was named to the All-CAA first team in 2012. He is joined by a pair of second-team All-CAA picks in junior midfielder Ken Tribbett (3 goals, 2 assists) and junior defender Tal Bublil.
James Madison has seven starters back from last year’s 9-7-3 team. Sophomore defender Bjarki Aðalsteinsson earned Freshman All-America and first-team All-CAA accolades in his first season with the Dukes, while junior forward Josh Grant scored seven goals and was voted to the CAA All-Rookie squad last year.
Hofstra has six returning starters from its 11-6-4 unit that advanced to the 2012 CAA championship game. The Pride welcomes back a pair of second-team All-CAA forwards in junior Maid Memic (team-high 9 goals, 4 assists) and senior Chris Griebsch (4 goals, CAA-best 11 assists).
Traditionally regarded as one of the top men’s soccer conferences in the nation, the CAA had three teams selected for the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship in 2012 and four teams in 2011.
2013 CAA MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. Northeastern (3 first-place votes) 44
2. Drexel (3 first-place votes) 41
3. James Madison (1 first-place vote) 36
4. Hofstra (1 first-place vote) 35
5. UNCW 22
6. William and Mary 20
7. College of Charleston 16
8. Delaware 10
(Teams received 7 points for a first-place vote, 6 for second, etc. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.)