YORK, Pa. - The Salisbury University men's soccer team was selected to finish second in the Capital Athletic Conference as voted on by the coaches of the league.
Last season, Salisbury received an at-large bid to the NCAA postseason, marking its 12th appearance to the national tournament after advancing to the CAC semifinals. The Sea Gulls received 71 points in the poll, including one first-place vote.
Reigning CAC champion and NCAA Elite Eight participant, Christopher Newport University captured the top spot in the poll, as it garnered 81 points and the remaining nine first-place votes. To finish out the top five, the coaches voted the University of Mary Washington (60 points), York College of Pennsylvania (53 points), and St. Mary's College of Maryland (47 points). During the 2014 regular season, Salisbury went a combined 2-0-2 against this year's projected top five.
Rounding out the rest of the poll is Penn State University-Harrisburg (45 points), Frostburg State University (41 points), Wesley College (24 points), Marymount (Va.) University (15 points), and Southern Virginia University (13 points).
Returning 20 players from a season that saw Salisbury ranked as high as No. 9 in the Division III polls, the Sea Gulls are poised for a strong season and are looking to add their eighth CAC championship. The maroon and gold open up its season September 1 against Susquehanna University at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. Salisbury's first game at home is September 5 when it will play host to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, as part of the Elmer Lord Soccer Classic. CAC play starts up for Salisbury when York travels to take on Salisbury at the SU Soccer Complex on September 26.
To view the full coaches poll, click here.
To watch the CAC Men's Soccer Preseason Webcast, click here.