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