MSOC: Merrimack Earns First National Ranking of Season

The No. 18 Merrimack College men’s soccer team were one of 11 new teams to join the NSCAA Coaches Poll this past week.

The Warriors began the season 4-0 to make the jump into the top 25. Yesterday Merrimack drew with Bentley University 2-2 to remain undefeated.

The Northeast-10 is well represented in the rankings with Southern New Hampshire, the reigning national champions, claiming hold to the No. 1 spot and Southern Connecticut coming in at No. 7.

One of the keys to the Warriors success in the early part of the year has been in the attacking third. Entering the week, Merrimack was tied for 11th in the nation averaging 3.00 goals per game. The Navy and Gold have scored 14 goals in five games, tied for the most in the NE-10.

Michael Rincon (Medford, Mass.) has been the catalyst for most of Merrimack’s scoring plays. The senior midfielder is atop the conference ranks and tied for second in the nation with four assists. As of the beginning of the week, the Warriors were tied for eighth in the country with 12 assists as a team.

Augusto Silva (Hudson, Mass.) leads the Navy and Gold with three goals and is one of nine Warriors to tally a goal this season.

Merrimack looks to extend their unbeaten streak to six games when they battle St. Michael’s College Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Martone-Mejail Field.

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