Sept. 22, 2009

Courtesy of Monmouth Athletics

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The Monmouth University men’s soccer team has attained the highest national ranking of any program in school history, checking in at 14th in the country according to the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings for this week.  The Hawks, who are now 7-0-0 for the first time in program history, are also ranked #10 nationally by Soccer America and 15th in the country according to College Soccer News.

Monmouth is one of two undefeated, untied teams in the top-25, along with top-ranked Akron (6-0-0) and eighth-ranked Harvard (5-0-0). MU’s seven wins are also the most among clubs in this week’s national rankings.

The Blue and White’s national ranking can be attributed to its unprecedented success in this season’s competitive and challenging nonconference schedule. Among MU’s eight nonleague opponents, three have received votes in the NSCAA/adidas National Rankings (American, Princeton and Loyola [Md.]), while Seton Hall (4-2-1, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) appears poised to contend in a very tough BIG EAST this season. Fairfield also captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Title last season, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

This weekend, the Hawks wrap up nonleague play when they visit Loyola (Md.) for a 1:00 pm match on Saturday in Baltimore. The Greyhounds have been a mainstay in the national rankings for the past few seasons, and have a 3-2-1 record this season. Last year, they finished the season ranked #15 in the country, and this season they are currently receiving votes in the national polls. The Greyhounds are paced by Jamie Darvill, who leads the team with seven points (two goals, three assists).