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Men's soccer voted into tie for fifth in Atlantic East preseason poll

Men's soccer voted into tie for fifth in Atlantic East preseason poll

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Atlantic East Conference announced the men's soccer 2019 Preseason Coaches' Poll on Tuesday, and the Marymount University men's soccer team came in tied for fifth in the rankings.

The Saints earned 14 points to tie with Marywood University in the poll.

The poll was led by Cabrini University with 32 points and two first-place votes, with Neumann University just behind at No. 2 with 30 points and three first-place votes.

Marymount enters a new era to start the 2019 season, with Head Coach Nate Kalin in his first season at the helm for the Saints. The team will also feature 20 new faces this season, including 19 incoming freshmen.

The Saints will look to improve upon a 2018 season that saw a first-round playoff berth in their first season as a member of the Atlantic East Conference. They traveled to Immaculata University in the first round of the Atlantic East tournament, falling in a close overtime contest, 1-0, to end the season.

The team will rely heavily on its newcomers this season to make a push in the conference but does return a solid core of players from last season to lead the way, including its defensive leader, senior Rodney Ngoh. Ngoh played in 16 games last season, starting 15, while tying for third on the team with five points (one goal and three assists).

A pair of juniors, Levis Lopez and Luis Ochoa, return to bring experience to the midfield, as both played in 17 games in 2018. Each netted three points on one goal and one assist on the year.

The Saints also return sophomore Ronald Clark and junior Jonathan Cruz, who each started eight games in goal last season.

Marymount gets its season started on Friday, August 30, traveling to Randolph-Macon College for a 7 p.m., tilt, before making the team's home opener on Sunday, September 1 against Ferrum College. The game is set for 4 p.m., at Long Bridge Park.

Atlantic East play will begin on Wednesday, October 9 for the Saints, traveling to Immaculata. They will then return home to take on Gwynedd Mercy University on Saturday, October 12 for the conference home opener.

To view the full Atlantic East poll, click here.