Monday, December 11, 2017

Men's Soccer - Lycoming Warriors rank ninth in final poll

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – After finishing 20th in the final United Soccer Coaches poll, the Lycoming College men’s soccer team finished high in another national ranking as the Warriors finished ninth in the poll, the website announced on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The ranking is the highest for the Warriors in a final season poll, besting the team’s ranking of 10th from in 2015.

The Warriors (19-3 overall) won a program record 19 games, while also rising to new heights in the national polls. In the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Warriors rose to as high as fourth and in the poll, they ranked third. The squad also ranked first in the United Soccer Coaches’ Mid-Atlantic Region rankings for parts of the season, including in the final regular-season poll, as it defeated a program-record three nationally-ranked opponents, including third-ranked Messiah, the eventual national champion, in the MAC Commonwealth Championship, a 2-1 Lycoming win.
The Warriors hosted a Division III regional for the second time in three years as it defeated Lehman, 2-0 in the opening round before falling to 11th-ranked Drew University, 1-0 in the second round.

Messiah finished first in both the United Soccer Coaches and poll after defeating North Park, 2-1, in the national championship. The Falcons last loss of the season came in the MAC Commonwealth Championship to the Warriors. Chicago finished second in the poll while North Park, Brandeis and Calvin rounded out the top-5. Drew placed 11th in the poll while Rowan, which the Warriors defeated earlier in the season 3-2, ranked 22nd.

In his five years as head coach, Nate Gibboney has led the Warriors to three MAC Commonwealth championships, three NCAA Division III Championship appearances and a 72-22-13 (0.734) record with nine wins over nationally-ranked opponents.

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