Men's Soccer Ranked No. 1 for
First Time in Progam History
by Mark Anskis
For the first time in program history, Swarthmore's men's soccer team is ranked No. 1 in Division III men's soccer. The Garnet (11-0-2, 4-0-2) take over the top spot in the NSCAA/Hendrickscars.com National Coaches Poll following a 1-0-1 week in which the Garnet defeated Moravian 4-0 and tied Franklin & Marshall 0-0 (OT). Swarthmore jumps ahead of previous No. 1 Christopher Newport, which suffered its first defeat of the season to North Carolina Wesleyan (3-2) on Wednesday.
The No. 1 ranking for the men's soccer team marks the first time a Swarthmore team has been ranked No. 1 in a national poll since 1990, when the men's tennis team topped the final ITA Division III National Rankings.
Swarthmore becomes the first Centennial Conference men's soccer team to ever be ranked No. 1 in a national poll. Overall, Swarthmore's No. 1 ranking is the first by a Centennial team since the Johns Hopkins baseball team topped the NCBWA/D3Baseball.com rankings on May 16. In the D3Soccer.com National Poll, the Garnet dropped from No. 2 to No. 3.
Swarthmore returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Richard Stockton for its final non-conference match of the season. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m.