Monks Ranked 19th Nationally, Seventh in New England in Preseason Polls

Monks Ranked 19th Nationally, Seventh in New England in Preseason Polls

STANDISH, Maine – The 2019 United Soccer Coaches preseason polls have been announced and Saint Joseph's College is ranked 19th heading into the upcoming campaign. The Monks are also ranked seventh in the 2019 New England Soccer Journal preseason coaches poll.

The Monks, 21-1 overall with an 11-0 mark in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play last season, finished 2018 ranked 14th in the national poll and 19th in the United Soccer Coaches rankings.

Led by first-year Head Coach Will Pike '11, the Monks figure to remain among the top teams in New England this fall after setting program records for wins (21), winning streak (21), goals (81), assists (64), points (226), and shots (513) in 2018.

The three-time defending GNAC Champions return six starters from last year's side, which defeated Johnson & Wales University, 1-0, in the conference title bout on November 4th and proceeded to defeat Middlebury College by a 2-1 score in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Amherst six days later. With a loss to Amherst College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Monks saw a 42-game undefeated streak – the fifth-longest in NCAA DIII Men's Soccer history – come to a close.

A solid corps of returners – including 2018 All-GNAC honorees Jackson Taylor (Gorham, Maine), Cody Elliott (Gorham, Maine), Noah Robinson (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), and Mitchell Duncan (Sanford, Maine) - figure to lead the Monks as they look to contend for the program's fourth-consecutive GNAC title this fall.

Saint Joseph's is one of four New England Region teams to be listed on the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll, as the Monks are joined by #1 Tufts, #13 Amherst, #23 Connecticut College on the 2019 docket.




2019 New England Soccer Journal Preseason Coaches Poll:

  1. Tufts (18-0-3)
  2. Amherst (14-5-1)
  3. Connecticut College (13-3-2)
  4. Middlebury (10-4-3)
  5. Williams (10-6-3)
  6. Springfield (14-5-1)
  7. Saint Joseph's (21-1-0)
  8. Babson (12-3-4)
  9. Endicott (10-6-2)
  10.  Bowdoin (9-5-2)




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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at