YORK, PA – The York College men's soccer team parlayed an outstanding weekend stay in Newport News, VA into a number two ranking in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America as the year's first regular season poll was announced on Tuesday.
The Spartans went from being unranked in the preseason poll to the second spot thanks to a pair of big wins at the 2012 Joe Pombriant/CNU Classic hosted by Christopher Newport. The Spartans downed Virginia Wesleyan 5-1 and then defeated #13 Christopher Newport 2-1 to win the tournament championship for the fifth time.
The jump from unranked to second was the highest jump in the poll for the week. There were 13 unranked teams in the preseason poll that jumped into the rankings after one week of action.
Trinity (TX) earned the top spot while Loras, Ohio Northern and Amherst round out the rest of the top five.
Capital Athletic Conference rival Salisbury made their 2012 poll debut at 12th after they went 2-0 over the weekend.
The Spartans are ranked first in the South Atlantic Region while Salisbury currently sits second. William Paterson, who will visit York this coming weekend, is third while CAC foe Mary Washington holds down the seventh spot in the poll.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday and Sunday when they host the Holiday Inn Conference Center Classic in York. The Green and White takes on McDaniel in the first semifinal on Saturday while Paterson squares off against Susquehanna in the second semifinal. The consolation game is schedule for Sunday at 1:15 followed by the title tilt at 3:30 pm.