Women's Soccer Tabbed "Dark Horse" in NJAC Preseason Poll

Montclair, NJ (8/12/11) – The Montclair State women’s soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference this season as the league announced is annual Coaches Poll on Friday.

The Red Hawks were selected as the “Dark Horse” selection in the poll conducted by the NJAC’s 10 head coaches. The College of New Jersey, which captured the NJAC title last season, topped the poll receiving nine first-place votes. Rowan University was second followed by William Paterson, Richard Stockton and Kean.  New Jersey City was picked seventh behind MSU with Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden and Ramapo rounding out the poll

The Red Hawks finished 7-8-3 last season, 3-5-1 in the league missing out on the NJAC Tournament by a game. Among the 18 games last season, nine came against teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament.

MSU returns one All-Conference player in junior forward Rachel Senyszyn (Succasunna, NJ / Roxbury), who led the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 points.

Montclair opens its season on Thursday, September 1 when they travel to Hoboken to face Stevens. The Red Hawks begin their home schedule two days later (September 3) with a 2:00 pm contest versus Mount St. Vincent. Following a September 6 game against John Jay, the Red Hawks will head to Tacoma, WA for a weekend set of games with Pacific (OR) and Pacific Lutheran on September 9-10.

The Red Hawks first NJAC contest is slated for Saturday, September 17 when they host Rowan University at MSU Soccer Park.