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Monmouth The Pick In Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
Courtesy: MAAC Sports  
Release: 08/26/2013
Preseason Player of the Year Roberto Fernandez-Andersson.
Courtesy: MAAC Sports

Monmouth Picked To Win 2013 MAAC Men’s Soccer Race In Preseason Coaches Poll

EDISON, NJ – The Monmouth University men’s soccer team has been chosen as a narrow favorite to win the 2013 MAAC title in the annual preseason poll of the MAAC’s head coaches. Monmouth, which will be competing in its first season in the MAAC, received 111 points to edge runnerup Iona, which received 110 points.

Monmouth begins its inaugural season in the MAAC in 2013 after a dominant run in the Northeast Conference. The Hawks, who were 11-4-4 last season, officially became members of the MAAC on July 1 along with Quinnipiac. Under the direction of 10th year head coach Robert McCourt, the Hawks won seven regular season titles and four tournament crowns in the past decade.

Preseason runnerup Iona looks to make its fifth consecutive trip to the MAAC Championship tournament this season. The Gaels were 5-2 in league play last season, and 7-11 overall, and are led by senior midfielder Franklin Castellanos, a two-time first team All-MAAC selection.

Fairfield, with 97 points, was selected by the coaches to finish third, followed by Niagara (78), Siena (76), Quinnipiac (72), Canisius (48), Marist (46), Saint Peter’s (33), Manhattan (30) and Rider (24).

Junior back Roberto Fernandez-Andersson of defending champion Niagara was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year. The 6-2 Andersson, who was born in Spain and hails from Norrkoping, Sweden, was a second team All-MAAC selection last year and anchored the Purple Eagles defense last season, leading the Purple Eagles to a 13-2-4 mark. Niagara blanked Loyola 1-0 in the MAAC Championship game last year, and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

 

Preseason Coaches Poll

1.

Monmouth

111

2

Iona

110

3.

Fairfield

97

4.

Niagara

78

5.

Siena

76

6.

Quinnipiac

72

7.

Canisius

48

8.

Marist

46

9.

Saint Peters

34

10.

Manhattan

30

11.

Rider

24

 


Preseason All-MAAC Team

Callum Wilmott

Forward

Niagara

Samuel Adjei

Forward

Iona

Jordan Ayris

Forward

Fairfield

Reco McLaren

Forward

Fairfield

James Beeston

Midfielder

Siena

Franklin Castellanos

Midfielder

Iona

Joseph Schmid

Midfielder

Monmouth

George Newton

Back

Fairfield

Falko Friedrichs

Back

Siena

Roberto Fernandez-Andersson

Back

Niagara

Alex De Carolis

Back

Canisius

Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang

Back

Monmouth

Matt Jeffrey

Back

Monmouth

Carlos Suarez

Goalie

Saint Peter’s

Borja Angoitia

Goalie

Quinnipiac

 

2013 Preseason MAAC Player of the Year

Roberto Andersson

Back

Niagara


MAAC Men's Soccer


Men's Soccer
Team MAAC Pct. Overall Pct.
Quinnipiac 4-0 -3 .786 7-4 -4 .600
Iona 5-2 .714 8-5 -2 .600
Fairfield 4-1 -3 .688 7-3 -5 .633
Rider 5-3 .625 8-5 -2 .600
Siena 4-2 -1 .643 9-6 -1 .594
Monmouth 2-1 -4 .571 6-3 -5 .607
Canisius 3-4 -1 .438 8-6 -2 .563
Marist 2-3 -2 .429 6-5 -4 .533
Niagara 2-4 -1 .357 5-9 -2 .375
Saint Peter's 1-6 .143 3-12 .200
Manhattan 0-6 -1 .071 1-10 -2 .154
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