The men’s soccer teams of three Long Island-based Division II colleges have been ranked as the top three squads in the East Coast Conference preseason poll.
Receiving nine of 10 first place votes and 99 total points, the Pioneers are the defending ECC champions have won the title three of the past four years. The team also begins the season ranked ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Preseason Top 25 poll.
NYIT received 86 points and this season is looking to garner a conference title. Four times over the past five seasons saw the Bears advance to the ECC Championship game, only to come up short. Molloy, with 69 points, rounds out the top three.
In addition, Molloy’s senior forward Kyle Poetzsch (Hicksville, Hicksville, H.S.) and junior back David Arvidsson (Gothenburg, Sweden) of LIU Post were named ECC Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.
During the 2015 season, Poetzsch had 13 goals and three assists to finish with 29 points. He tied for the conference lead with goals and his point total ranked third in the ECC. In 2015, Arvidsson earned his second All-Conference selection in as many years and helped anchor LIU Post’s back line that allowed 24 goals in 21 games. In addition, he was also named to the NSCAA All-East Region First Team and NSCAA All-America Third Team.
2016 East Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
- LIU Post (9) – 99 points
- NYIT – 86 points
- Molloy (1) – 69 points
- Bridgeport – 65 points
- Queens – 55 points
- Roberts Wesleyan – 52 points
- Mercy – 43 points
- District of Columbia – 40 points
- St. Thomas Aquinas – 31 points
- Daemen – 10 points