YORK, Pa. – Following last season's Capital Athletic Conference championship and NCAA tournament berth, the Salisbury University men's soccer team has been selected to finish atop the conference once again in the annual CAC coaches' poll, the conference announced Friday.
The 2016 edition of the Gulls returns a strong nucleus of players from the squad a year ago that captured the program's eighth CAC title and went 13-4-3, including the team's three leading scorers and three of the four starting backs.
First team All-CAC performer Leslie Umunna (seven goals and one assist in 2015) comes back up front along with Brooks Zentgraf, who had six goals and 12 points a season ago. Adding into the scoring mix with four goals and one assist, as well as a 20-game starter at back, Nathaniel Eiben will be key for Salisbury in 2016.
Salisbury sits atop the poll with 75 points and five of the 10 first-place votes. Following Salisbury to round out the top five are Christopher Newport University (69 points and three first-place votes), York College of Pennsylvania (64 points and one first-place vote), University of Mary Washington (57 points), while Frostburg State University was picked fifth with 51 points and one first-place vote.
Salisbury opens up its 2016 season on Saturday, September 2 with a contest against Wilson College as a part of the annual Elmer Lord Soccer Classic. CAC play opens up for Salisbury on September 24 when Southern Virginia University travels to the SU Soccer Complex.
To view the poll in its entirety, click here.
To view the CAC preview video, click here.