BOSTON, Mass. – MIT men's soccer, which won its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title in program history last year, was picked second in the conference's preseason coaches' poll that was released on Tuesday afternoon.
Babson College was the favorite, receiving five first-place votes. Following MIT was Wheaton College, while the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was fourth, as all three squads earned one first-place vote.
The Engineers entered the 2012 NEWMAC tournament in the fifth and final spot, defeating No. 4 Wheaton in overtime, advancing over No. 1 Babson in penalty kicks and taking a 2-0 win over No. 3 Springfield College in the championship final to claim their first title in the program's 94-year history. MIT received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, resulting in its third national appearance, and first since 2008. Tech fell to Oneonta State in the first round, ending the season with a record of 13-5-2.
MIT kicks off the 2013 campaign in New York at the CSI Soccer Fall Classic, playing host College of Staten Island on Aug. 31 at 4:00 p.m. and Brooklyn College on Sept. 1 at 2:00 p.m. The first conference game the Cardinal and Gray will play will be against NEWMAC-newcomer Emerson College on Sept. 21.
NEWMAC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll
|Rank||Team (First place votes)|
|1.||Babson College (5)|
|3.||Wheaton College (1)|
|4.||Coast Guard Academy (1)|