Montclair, NJ (12/8/11) – The Montclair State men’s soccer team was ranked fourth in the final National Soccer Coaches Association Top 25 Division III national poll. It is the highest ranking the Red Hawks have garnered in the final poll of the season. MSU reached No. 2 during the 2008 campaign when it went undefeated during the regular season.
Montclair State made the second-biggest jump of any team in poll as MSU went from the “receiving votes” category into the Top 4 thanks in part to their berth in the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship. The Red Hawks, who made their first appearance in the soccer Final Four, fell to eventual national champion Ohio Wesleyan in the semifinals.
Montclair did not appear in any of the first eight Top 25 releases by the organization. In fact, it took until the end of the regular season for the Red Hawks to break through and that came on November 1 when MSU made its debut at No. 25. After falling to Rutgers-Camden in the NJAC Championship, the Red Hawks dropped out.
The Red Hawks finished the season at 19-4-3 under first-year head coach Todd Tumelty.