Cabrini Unanimous Favorite For 2018 Atlantic East Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

Cabrini Unanimous Favorite For 2018 Atlantic East Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

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ARLINGTON, Va. - In the first-ever Atlantic East men's soccer preseason poll, Cabrini University was selected as the unanimous favorite with six-place votes and 36 points.

The Cavaliers are fresh off a conference championship, winning the CSAC tournament in 2017. Not far behind in points in the preseason poll is Neumann University, earning the other first-place vote and 30 points, while Marywood University and Immaculata University tied for third with 23 points. 

Check out the full preseason poll and season outlook for each team below...


 
Team Points First-Place Votes
1. Cabrini 36 6
2. Neumann 30 1
T3. Marywood 23 -
T3. Immaculata 23 -
5. Marymount 15 -
6. Wesley 13 -
7. Gwynedd Mercy 7 -


Season Outlook:

1. Cabrini University
  • Head Coach: Rob Dallas (7th season)
  • Last Year's Record: 11-9-1 (8-1 CSAC, CSAC Champions)
  • Top Returners:
    • Jared Irwin (Senior / Midfielder / Wildwood, N.J.) = 12 points, 6 goals
    • Matt Ochman (Senior / Defender / Cinnaminson, N.J.) = 10 points, 3 goals, 4 assists
    • John Griffin (Sophomore / Attack / Levittown, Pa.) = 10 points, 4 goals, 2 assists
    • Mike Gould (Junior / Goalkeeper / Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) = 1.13 goals-against average, .776 save percentage
  • Key Losses:
    • Ben Roda (Midfielder) = 11 points, 2 goals, 7 assists
    • Xavier Young (Defender) = 1 goal, Started all 21 games
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • Despite the loss of four influential seniors, Dallas returns a deep and talented squad looking to install the Blue and White atop the mountain of its new league. Senior Jared Irwin returns to lead the Cabrini offensive attack after earning All-CSAC First Team honors in 2017 with a team-high six goals, while Dallas will rely on a quartet of all-conference defenders will patrol the Cavaliers' back end. Seniors Matt Ochman and Sal Zampirri Jr., and juniors goaltender Mike Gould and Andre Justin were named among the league's best after directing a defensive effort that allowed just 1.14 goals per match, best in the CSAC.
2. Neumann University
  • Head Coach: Tim Hollenback (4th season)
  • Last Year's Record: 8-9-1 (5-3-1 CSAC, CSAC Semifinalist)
  • Top Returners:
    • Jack Norwood (Senior / Defender / Millsboro, Del.) = Started 17 of 18 games, 2 goals, All-CSAC Honorable Mention
    • Shane Smith (Senior / Goalkeeper / Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) = Missed last season due to injury, 1.60 goals-against average and 7-9 record in 2016
    • Daniel Rival (Junior / Midfielder / Mickleton, N.J.) = Started 11 games, 2 goals, Game-winning goal in CSAC first round
    • Marlon Trejo (Sophomore / Midfielder / Seaford, Del.) = Started all 18 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, All-CSAC Honorable Mention
    • Mitchel Yeakley (Sophomore / Defender / Orwigsburg, Pa.) = Started 14 games, 1 assist
  • Key Losses:
    • Christian Cortese (Midfield) = 3 goals, 3 assists, Second-Team All-CSAC
    • Perry Corsetti (Goalkeeper) = Started all 18 games, 7 shutouts, 1.33 goals-against average, All-CSAC Honorable Mention
    • Jake McDevitt (Forward) = 10 goals, 3 assists, First-Team All-CSAC
    • Billy Swontek (Defender) = 2 goals, First-Team All-CSAC
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • Despite losing several key seniors to graduation last year, the Neumann University men’s soccer team is poised for another successful season in 2018. The Knights return seven seniors this year to go along with a very talented group of underclassmen. Shane Smith returns in goal after losing a season to injury in 2017 and will look to an experienced back-line led by Jack Norwood, Andrew Kelly, Rod Bradbury and Mitchel Yeakley to keep the ball out of the net. Midfield stalwarts Daniel Rival, Marlon Trejo and Jake Baxter return to anchor the center of the field for the Knights, while forwards Brady Simon, Nick Testa, Steve Matalavage and Matt Sengphachanh will be relied upon to score goals. A talented group of freshmen will also step in and make a difference right away as Neumann embarks in its first season in Atlantic East Conference play.
T3. Marywood University
  • Head Coach: John Velasco (1st season)
  • Last Year's Record: 8-5 (5-4 CSAC, CSAC First Round)
  • Top Returners:
    • Cody Gangaware (Senior / Midfielder / Kempton, Pa.) = 2 assists
    • Carlos Perez (Junior / Midfielder / Scranton, Pa.) = 1 goal, 2 assists
    • Tom Cuffari (Sophomore / Midfielder / Laurel Springs, N.J.) = 3 goals, 3 assists
    • Giovanni Amato (Sophomore / Midfielder / Montrose, Pa.)
    • Mike Gallagher (Sophomore / Goalkeeper / Jessup, Pa.) = 3.07 goals-against average, .571 save percentage
  • Key Losses:
    • Nick Dyer (Defender) = Second-Team All-CSAC
    • Michael Mejia (Goalkeeper) = 0.99 goals-against average, First-Team All-CSAC
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • The Pacers are looking to be a hard-working and organized team.
T3. Immaculata University
  • Head Coach: Jamie Scott (1st season)
  • Last Year's Record: 6-10-1 (4-5 CSAC)
  • Top Returners:
    • Alex Noel (Senior / Midfielder / Swedesboro, N.J.) = 12 goals, 1 assist, 25 points, First-Team All-CSAC
    • Nick Boule (Junior / Midfielder / Quarryville, Pa.) = 6 goals, 6 assists, 18 points, All-CSAC Honorable Mention
    • Ricky Molz (Junior / Defender / Bensalem, Pa.) = 4 goals, 2 game-winners, Second-Team All-CSAC
    • Mikey Kalpokas (Sophomore / Goalkeeper / Philadelphia, Pa.) = 17 starts, 2.01 goals-against average, .722 save percentage, 3 shutouts
  • Key Losses:
    • Ben Gialloreto (Midfielder) = 3 assists
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • Under first year head coach Jamie Scott, the Mighty Macs are looking to grow off of last season where they missed out on the CSAC playoffs by a tiebreaker. Losing just one senior from last year’s team, the Mighty Macs gained valuable experience and hope to continue building on that this season. They are anchored by senior Alex Noel, who holds the school record for goals, assists, and points in a career, heading into his final season.
5. Marymount University
  • Head Coach: Keith Moser (29th season)
  • Last Year's Record: 4-14 (2-7 CAC)
  • Top Returners:
    • Rodney Ngoh (Junior / Defender / Ft. Washington, Md.) = Missed 2017 season, Two-time First-Team All-CAC
    • Sebastian Hendi (Senior / Forward / Alexandria, Va.) = 6 goals, 1 assist, 1 game-winner
    • Mynor Lopez (Senior / Midfielder / Arlington, Va.) = 4 goals, 1 assist, 9 points
  • Key Losses:
    • Nick Hars (Defender) = Four-year back
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • Entering his 29th season at the helm of the Saints, Keith Moser looks to a senior class of 10 to captain a large squad that has 16 new faces. Returning after a year away from the team is two-time First-Team All-CAC honoree Rodney Ngoh, who will guide the defense along seniors Jesse Parada, Cameron Husseini and Cristian Umana. A squad with lots of potential looks to make its mark in the first year in the Atlantic East. 
6. Wesley College
  • Head Coach: Steve Clark (29th season)
  • Last Year's Record: 3-15 (1-8 CAC)
  • Top Returners:
    • Chimaobi Ikwuagwu (Senior / Forward / Camden, Del.) = First-Team All-CAC, Finished fourth in CAC in goals (8) and tied ninth in points (16)
    • Matthew Dina (Junior / Defender / Bear, Del.) = Captain, Former Delaware HS Player of the Year and HS All-American
    • Darius-David Robinson (Sophomore / Forward / Bronx, N.Y.) = 13 points, 6 goals
    • Nick Hood (Senior / Midfielder / Middletown, Del.) = 3 assists, 3 goals, 9 points
  • Key Losses:
    • Patrick Schlosser (Midfielder) = Versatile
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • Wesley returns a solid group of upperclassmen that are looking to strike near the top of the Atlantic East Conference. Leading the attack is senior forward Chimaobi Ikwuagwu and sophomore forward Darius-David Robinson. Ikwuagwu was an All-CAC First-Team honoree in 2017 and finished fourth in the conference in goals (8) and tied for ninth in points (16) while Robinson finished second on the team in points (13) and goals (6). On defense, Wesley returns Matt Dina, who battled injuries last season and will head the defense.
7. Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Head Coach: Dave Bontempo (16th season)
  • Last Year's Record: 2-15-1 (1-8 CSAC)
  • Top Returners:
    • Gersi Hoxha (Senior / Defender / Ambler, Pa.) = Started all 18 games
    • Josh Reimel (Senior / Defender / Collegeville, Pa.) = Starter on defense
  • Key Losses:
    • Cole Smith (Midfielder) = 1 goal, 4 assists
    • Matt Bachmann (Forward) = 4 goals
  • Brief Outlook on Season:
    • Injuries derailed plans for 2017, but this season, the team will see 16 new faces which will all be pressed for action.