Skyhawks selected to finish 10th in 2018 poll
Hoglund was second on the team in goals (4) and assists (3)
EASTON, Mass. (August 10, 2018) – The Stonehill College men's soccer program has been voted to finish 10th in the Northeast-10 Conference as tallied by the leagues' 14 head coaches, announced the league Friday morning.
Returning NE10 Tournament Champion Merrimack College has been selected as the favorite, receiving 158 points and five first-place votes, while Adelphi University, who won last years' NE10 regular season title was picked second with 155 points and five first-place tallies. Southern Connecticut State University received 139 points and one first-place vote, while Southern New Hampshire University (138 points) and Le Moyne College (131 points) acquired two and one first-place votes, respectively, to round out the top five spots.
Franklin Pierce University garnered 102 points for sixth place, while the College of Saint Rose wasn't far behind with 92 points for seventh place. American International College totaled 88 points, while Bentley University picked up 83 points and the Skyhawks concluded the top 10 with 58 points.
Stonehill aims to make a return to the NE10 tournament after a three-year hiatus. The Skyhawks posted an overall record of 6-10-2 and a conference mark of 3-9-1 in 2017. Head coach Jim Reddish, in his 11th season, saw seven seniors graduate last year, while six will lead the squad.
Junior Mackenzie Hoglund (Portland, Maine/Cheverus), who was second on the team in goals (4) and assists (3), is returning to the pitch for the Skyhawks. Sophomore Michael McShane (Needham, Massachusetts/Needham) will also be upfront in the action, as he chipped in three goals for third on the team last season, including one game-winning goal.
Doherty will lead the backline this season as a senior
Senior Justin Brehm (Latham, New York/Shaker) tied with Hoglund for assists in 2017, as he has started and played in every game since sophomore year.
Senior Patrick Doherty (West Milford, New Jersey/Saint Joseph Regional) will help out in the backfield after starting every game since his freshman year. Junior defender Daniel Pereira (Norton, Massachusetts/Norton) will assist Doherty after playing in eight games his freshman year and starting in all 18 contests last year.
Junior Ryan Chieffo (North Haven, Connecticut/North Haven) has started in 25 of the 32 games played in and scored one goal with two assists, while classmate Keegan Nutt (Easton, Massachusetts/Oliver Ames) will also bring experience to the pitch as he has started in 32 of the 35 games played and scored two goals with three assists.
Stonehill opens its 2018 campaign on Thursday, August 30 on Skyhawk Field, hosting non-conference foes Holy Family University with a 4:00 p.m. start time and Concordia (N.Y.) College on Saturday, September 1 at 3:00 p.m. during the Stonehill Kickoff Weekend.
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2018 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Merrimack College – 185 (5)
2. Adelphi University – 155 (5)
3. Southern Connecticut State University – 139 (1)
4. Southern New Hampshire University – 138 (2)
5. Le Moyne College – 131 (1)
6. Franklin Pierce University – 102
7. College of Saint Rose – 92
8. American International College – 88
9. Bentley University – 83
10. Stonehill College – 58
11. Assumption College – 42
12. University of New Haven – 35
13. Saint Anselm College – 32
14. Saint Michael's College - 21
(#) – first-place votes