8.21.14 MEN'S SOCCER: Cavs Picked Sixth In Preseason Poll
Men's Soccer, 2014-08-21
(BAY CITY, Mich.) – The head men’s soccer coaches of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) released the 2014 preseason poll and have picked Walsh to finish sixth this upcoming season.
Tiffin University was to win the 2014 GLIAC men’s soccer title in preseason balloting. The Dragons narrowly beat out Ohio Dominican University by three votes (44-41) and acquired six of the eight first-place votes. Tiffin was the 2013 GLIAC Co-Champions with ODU, and finished fourth in the GLIAC Conference Tournament.
Ohio Dominican finished second in the polls with 41 points and one first-place nod. Saginaw Valley took the third spot in the polling with a total of 39 points and the last first-place vote. Northwood picked up 30 points to sit fourth in the polls while Lake Erie was one point shy at 29 to finish fifth.
With 16 points, Walsh was voted to finish sixth in 2014 with Findlay not too far behind in seventh with 14 total points. Malone rounded out the voting with 11 points and picked to finish eighth.
Third-year Head Coach John Hall returns 15 letter winners from the 2013 team that finished 5-11-1 overall and 5-8-1 in the GLIAC. The biggest task for Hall will be that of replacing GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year Justin Nolan and honorable mention midfielder Chris Lynch. Nolan led the league with 108 saves last season, while Lynch led the Cavs in scoring with six goals and 14 points. The Cavs are losing six key starters from last year.
Looking to pick up the scoring slack will be Sam Mountstephens (F, 5-9, Sr., Leigh-on-Sea, England) and Blaine Moody (M, 6-1, So., Middleburg Heights, OH/Midpark). The Cavs also return veterans Kain Melville (D, 6-2, Sr., Newcastle, England/Gateshead), and is his twin brother Darby Melville (D, 6-2, Newcastle, England/Gateshead). For as far as who replaces Nolan, that will all be decided during preseason camp.