NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 8, 2018) -- Defending champion Georgian Court University was tabbed first in the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced on Wednesday by Commissioner Dan Mara. The Lions earned 164 points in the voting, including eight first-place votes, as the voting for the preseason rankings was conducted by the league's 13 head coaches in the sport.
GCU has appeared in each of the last two CACC Championship finals, including a thrilling win in last year's final over Wilmington University. The Lions advanced to the NCAA Division II East Region Tournament with their victory. Jim Moore has led the program for the last several seasons, as Georgian Court has also become one of the most competitive teams throughout the East Region.
WilmU, the 2017 CACC finalist, was picked second in the 2018 preseason poll, as the Wildcats earned 145 points and two first-place votes. Jefferson, which claimed back-to-back CACC crowns in 2014 and 2015, rounded out the top three in the poll with 131 points and one first-place nod.
The 2018 CACC Women's Soccer regular season kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 30, with several teams getting their campaigns underway. The regular season will be a build up to the 2018 CACC Championship, which will be conducted Oct. 29, Nov. 2 & 4, with the semis and final to be held in Waterbury, Conn.
2018 CACC WOMEN'S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. Georgian Court University 164 (8)
2. Wilmington University 145 (2)
3. Jefferson 131 (1)
4. Holy Family University 127 (1)
5. Caldwell University 120
6. Goldey-Beacom College 110
7. Felician University 79
8. Post University 77
9. Bloomfield College 53
10. Nyack College 48 (1)
11. Dominican College 47
12. Chestnut Hill College 42
13. Concordia College 39
() - First-Place Votes
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.