Gulls Grab Top Spot In CCC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll

Gulls Grab Top Spot In CCC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll

2017 CCC Men's Soccer Preseason Poll Video


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Endicott men's soccer team enters the 2017 season as the preseason favorite after finishing the 2016 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's soccer campaign with a 8-1 CCC (12-5-3 overall) record.

The Gulls earned 96 points and six of a possible 10 first place votes in this year's preseason coaches' poll, which was completed last week by the league's 10 men's soccer head coaches.

The defending CCC Regular-Season Champion will look to bounce back after being knocked out in the CCC Semifinals by eventual CCC Tournament Champion Western New England via a penalty shootout a year ago.

Wentworth, team the Golden Bears defeated in the CCC Tournament Championship, was selected second in the poll as it collected 90 points and three first place votes. Last year, the Leopards posted a 7-1-1 CCC (13-4-4 overall) mark and made their first trip to the CCC Championship since 2009.

Last year's preseason favorite, Gordon, checked in at number three on this year's ledger as it amassed 77 points in the voting. The Fighting Scots finished as the No. 3 seed last season with a 6-2-1 CCC (12-5-1 overall) record and dropped a 1-0 double-overtime decision to Wentworth in the CCC Semifinals.

The Golden Bears earned the final first place vote in this year's tally and finished fourth with a 70-point total. WNE claimed its first conference championship since 2013 fighting its way through the bracket as the No. 4 seed. The Golden Bears drew Brandeis, which eventually advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, in the NCAA First Round and took the Judges to overtime before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat.

Roger Williams was closed out the top five on the 2017 poll with 60 points.

Nichols (50 points), Curry (32), Salve Regina (30), the University of New England (26), and Eastern Nazarene (19) round off the bottom half of the poll in that order.

The men's soccer schedule gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 1 with eight CCC teams starting non-conference play. The Conference schedule kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 16. The top eight teams in the 2017 regular-season conference standings will qualify for the CCC Tournament, which starts with the quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 28 and concludes with the Conference Championship a week later on Nov. 4. The CCC Tournament Champion will earn the conference's automatic qualifier in to the 2017 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.

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2017 CCC Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll

  Team Points (First Place Votes)
1. Endicott 96 (6)
2. Wentworth  90 (3)
3. Gordon  77
4. Western New England  70 (1)
5. Roger Williams  60
6. Nichols  50
7. Curry 32
8. Salve Regina 30
9. University of New England        26
10. Eastern Nazarene 19

 

2017 CCC Men's Soccer Previews

1. Endicott

The Gulls return to the pitch looking to continue the success they saw last year as Regular-Season Champions when they posted an overall record of 12-5-3 and 8-1 in the CCC. Endicott is led by back-to-back conference Coach of the Year, Joe Calabrese, who returns five All-CCC selections to the roster this fall.

 

Leading the 2017 team is a pair of 2016 All-CCC First Team selections Robert Hartan (Hebron, Conn.) and Ryan Cohane (Easton, Conn.) Hartan was a mainstay in the midfield and also added five points on two game-winning goals and an assist. Cohane started all 20 contests in the back field for the Gulls and led a line which allowed the fewest goals among all conference schools (13) and tallied 11 shutouts. Sophomore Evan Couchot (Mason, Ohio) will look to build upon his 26 point (11 G, 4 A) performance that earned him 2016 Rookie of the Year honors. The Gulls open the season on Friday, Sept. 2 when they welcome MIT to Hempstead Stadium for the North Shore Invitational.

  

   Ryan Cohane, EC

2. Wentworth

After the 2016 edition of the Wentworth Institute of Technology men's soccer advanced to its first CCC Championship game since the 2009 season, the Leopards hope to remain in the hunt for their first CCC title since 1996 as four of their top five scorers return from a season ago. Leading the way is junior Noah Martins (Dartmouth, Mass.), who scored 36 points on 15 goals and six assists as a sophomore, which earned him First Team All-CCC honors last season. Senior Matt Cicalis (Bridgewater, Mass.), a Third Team All-Conference section a season ago, returns after scoring 13 points (five goals, three assists), while two-time First Team All-CCC selection and two-time All-New England selection senior Emmett Basaca (San Diego, Calif.) tallied 12 points (three goals, six assists). Senior Joe Kalil (Franklin, Mass.), a First Team All-CCC selection as a junior, helps anchor a defense which allowed just over a goal a game and posted seven shutouts. Kalil also scored nine points in 2016. In net, juniors Joe Schallmo (Norwood, Mass.) and Matthew Sekarak (Winthrop, Maine) both return. Schallmo posted a 0.73 goals against average and six solo shutouts while Sekarak had a 1.54 goals against average and a solo shutout.

 


  Emmett Basaca, WIT

3. Gordon

The Fighting Scots enter the 2017 season with new head coach Matt Horth, a 2010 graduate of Gordon who spent time playing in the MLS, NASL, and USL. He will have a majority of the starters from last year's squad to work with that went 12-5-1 and advanced to the CCC Semifinals. The Scots return two of their top scorers in senior Josh Cochran (Bellville, Ohio) who tied for the team lead with nine goals and dished out three assists and sophomore Matt Chartier (Concord, N.H.) who was third in goals with eight and also had three assists. Senior Ben Gradert (Hudson, Ohio) and junior Collin Surface (Tallmadge, Ohio) both played over 1,400 minutes and will sure up the back line. The Fighting Scots open the season Sept. 1 as they host Montclair State in the first game of the North Shore Invitational. They will travel to Roger Williams for their CCC opener on Sept. 16.

 

 

   Ben Gradert, GC


4. Western New England

Western New England is coming off a 2016 campaign that saw the Golden Bears capture their sixth CCC title in program history with road victories at Endicott and Wentworth in the CCC Semifinals and Championship, respectively. The 2017 squad will look to replicate that success with much of last season's offensive firepower still intact. 

Senior forward Troy Remillard (Palmer, Mass.), a two-time All-CCC first team performer, will lead the way for the Golden Bears after netting a conference-best 17 goals last fall. Remillard was at his best when it mattered most, scoring two goals in each of Western New England's CCC Tournament victories, including the game-winner in the championship match at Wentworth.

Three other playmakers also return in senior midfielder Logan Pingree (Middletown, Conn.), a 2016 All-CCC second team honoree, senior forward Maurice Young (Walpole, Mass.), and sophomore midfielder Nick Liccardi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.).

Western New England opens its season at home against Bridgewater State on Friday, Sept. 1, the first of three straight matches at Suprenant Field. The Golden Bears also host traditional regional power Wheaton College on Wednesday, Sept. 6 before beginning their CCC title defense on Sept. 16 at the University of New England.

 

   Troy Remillard, WNE

5. Roger Williams

The Roger Williams men's soccer team conducted a 2016 campaign that saw the Hawks face a tough schedule with numerous regionally-ranked opponents throughout the year. In CCC play, the team clinched the No. 5 seed for the CCC Tournament but bowed out in the CCC Quarterfinals. At the end of the regular season, three student-athletes received All-CCC honors. This season, the Hawks look to improve upon last year's finish and earn their way back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. Third-year head coach James Greenslit welcomes 11 newcomers onto the team while bringing back a slew of returners, including the top-two leading scorers from 2016, seniors Sean Janson (Avon, Conn.) and Tyler Kuchenbecker (Wellesley, Mass.).

   Tyler Kuchenbecker, RWU

6. Nichols

The Bison men's soccer program was led by freshman Chris Noga (Belchertown, Mass.) in 2016 with five goals and 12 points, and he returns after earning CCC Third Team honors. Junior Greg Giglio (Deer Park, N.Y.) is also back in 2017 after scoring four times as a freshman while graduate student Ryan Banker (Ashaway, R.I.) notched eight points (3-2-8) and is back for his third season in Dudley. Nichols seeks to post its first winning record since winning the conference championship in 2014.

 

 
Greg Giglio, NC

7. Curry

Curry 11th year head coach Peter Mendel and the Colonels have a great group of players who are hungry for and will look to make a strong push for a top spot this season. The squad will lean on a core of five seniors in addition to talented group of newcomers. Seniors Ben Silvia (Dartmouth, Mass.), Eric Miller (Hanover, Mass.) and Giancarlo Orsini (Watertown, Conn.) will captain this year's team. Silva led the Colonels in goals, assists, points and shots last season. Key returners also include seniors Christian Mancini (Woodbury, Conn.) and David Stapleton (North Easton, Mass.). Curry will look to a six key newcomers to add both an offensive and defensive boost as they look to improve their finish within the conference this season.

 

 
Ben Silvia, CC

8. Salve Regina

Craig O'Rourke II enters his 11th season as head coach with a good core of talent to returning to the squad that has had a very positive off-season and shown a high degree of commitment.  Captains armbands will be on the jerseys of three players from New Jersey – Richie Finizio (Fort Lee, N.J.), Richie Leister (Navesink, N.J.), and Michael Payan (Fort Lee, N.J.). O'Rourke expects a few freshmen to immediately come into the program and make a difference.  The Seahawks could formulate a cohesive starting eleven from just the returning players, but O'Rourke is hopeful that Jacob Guerra, Tyler Landry (Schenectady, N.Y.), Nolan Marino, and Sam Wilkinson (Windsor, Maine) can push returnees for starting positions and also "increase the overall level of the soccer that we are able to produce on the field."

 
Richie Finizio, SRU

9. University of New England

The University of New England and 5th-year head coach Peter Ostergaard return nine starters from the 2016 squad, including seniors Michail Bilek (Hebron, Conn.), Dexter Doucet (Newmarket, N.H.), Elijah Leverett (North Yarmouth, Maine), Jeremy Longchamp (Hudson, N.H.), and Nick Paine (Dartmouth, Mass.).

 

 
Nick Paine, UNE

10. Eastern Nazarene

The Eastern Nazarene men's soccer team will begin its 54th season of competition Sept. 1 at home against Lesley. Under second-year head coach Mark Bell, the Lions return nine players from last fall's squad. Junior Joao Costa (Framingham, Mass.) ranked fourth on the team last season with eight points on two goals and four assists while junior Nabil Chamoun (Walpole, Mass.) notched three goals and one assist a year ago. Sophomore goalkeeper Victor Mendoza (Cathedral, Calif.) also returns after appearing in 11 matches last season.

  
Nicholas Fernandez, ENC

 

Season previews contributed by each school's sports information department.

 

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