WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Monmouth University men's soccer team has established a new benchmark for the program, coming in at fourth in this week's NSCAA/HendrickCars.com National Rankings, the organization announced on Tuesday afternoon. With its #4 national ranking, the men's soccer team has again attained the highest national ranking of any sport in the school's Division I history.
"This is very positive recognition for the program," said Monmouth head men's soccer coach Robert McCourt. "It is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of the players. We have gotten off to a strong start, but the team is fully aware that the season is still young and we have a lot of challenges ahead. This type of positive recognition at the end of the season is the ultimate goal of the program."
The Hawks, currently 6-0 on the season and one of only five unbeaten, untied teams in the top-25, defeated Seton Hall, 2-1 on the road last Friday and topped NJIT, 3-0 at home on Sunday. MU is also ranked sixth in this week's College Soccer News Top-30 National Rankings and seventh in this week's Soccer America Top-25.
2009 national finalist Akron is the top-ranked team in the nation, while Tulsa is second and North Carolina comes in third.
Monmouth is also well represented in this week's NCAA Statistics Report. MU has the 25th-ranked offense in the nation, averaging 2.17 goals per match, and its 13 goals scored this season rank 20th. MU's defense is ranked 15th in the country in goals against average, allowing 0.49 goals per match, while ranking 12th in save percentage, stopping 88.5% of the oppositions shots.
Senior Hermann Trophy candidate Ryan Kinne (Naugatuck, Conn. /Naugatuck), the reigning College Soccer News National Player of the Week, ranks in the top-10 in three of the four major individual statistical categories this week. Kinne ranks fifth in the republic in total points with 13, ninth in both points per game (2.17) and total goals (5) and also 12th in goals per game (0.83).
Fellow Hermann candidate, senior keeper Bryan Meredith (Scotch Plains, N.J. /Scotch Plains-Fanwood), is also among the national statistical leaders at his position. The keeper ranks 17th in the nation in save percentage, stopping 88.5% of the opposition's shots, while also placing 18th in the country in GAA, allowing 0.487 tallies per match.
This week, the Hawks host Loyola (Md.), on Saturday at 4:00 pm on The Great Lawn.