Men's Soccer Narrowly Picked 2nd in HCAC

CarlsonKCTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman men's soccer team has been selected to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, in a preseason poll of league coaches released Thursday.

Transylvania University was picked to win the league's regular season title with 95 poll points and five first-place votes.  Rose-Hulman earned the second spot with 93 poll points and four first-place votes.

Earlham was picked third, followed by Anderson, Franklin with the remaining first-place vote, and Mount St. Joseph.  Rounding out the poll were Manchester, Defiance, Hanover and Bluffton.

Rose-Hulman features the return of nine starters and 19 letter winners from the last year's team that qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.  The Fightin' Engineers won their second HCAC Tournament in the past four seasons and represented the league in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years in 2011.

The roster features four seniors and a pair of three-year varsity letter winners in seniors Adam Carlson (Brownsburg) and Zane Englert (Waterloo, Ill.).  The returnees also include HCAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year Mike Schiff (Martinsville/Mooresville), all-region selection Andrew Bartush (Granger/Penn), and all-conference honorees Ben Green (Frisco, Texas/Centennial), Drew Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) and William Senat (Edmond, Okla./North).

Rose-Hulman opens the season with a home match against Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday September 1 at noon.