For the eighth time in as many years, the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s soccer team is ranked in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)poll. The Ducks ended the year ranked 21st in the nation with a record of 15-2-3 after winning their fourth Empire 8 title and reaching the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. It was the ninth trip to the NCAA’s in 10 years for Stevens.
The Ducks have been in the final NSCAA poll for eight-straight years and are one of just three teams in the nation to have reached the tournament for eight (or more) consecutive seasons (14 – Messiah College; 9 - Trinity University (Texas), 8 – Stevens; 8 – Dominican University (Ill.).
Stevens started the season with 10-straight shutouts and finished the year allowing just six goals against. The Ducks’ defense held conference foes to just one marker the entire season and went 6-0-1 in the Empire 8.
Six Ducks earned first-team All-Empire 8 nods and senior midfielder Nolan Sandberg (Grayslake, Ill.) was named the Empire 8 Player of the Year.
Sophomore Zach Adler (McKinney, Texas), senior goalkeeper Zach Carr (Carmel, Ind.), junior back Peter Bednarsky (Hackettstown, N.J.), and Sandberg were all named All-East Region, while Bednarsky, Carr, and Sandberg were also NSCAA All-Americans as Stevens and Trinity (Texas) were the only universities to have three athletes earn All-America accolades.
Stevens ended the year leading the nation in shutout percentage (0.80) and was second in team goals-against average (0.29). The Ducks outscored their foes 41-6 and held 16-of-20 opponents scoreless.
In addition to the final ranking in the NSCAA poll, Stevens was 17th in the final D3Soccer.com and has found itself in that poll’s final top-25 in all three seasons since the Division III soccer supersite came into existence in 2008.
In its nine years in NCAA Tournament play, Stevens has played 20 matches to a tune of a .650 winning percentage which is sixth all time.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870 and celebrating 140 Years of Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,200 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.