ANNVILLE, Pennsylvania (August 23, 2021) – The reigning MAC Freedom Champion, the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s soccer team on the 14th Voting was conducted among the head coaches of the conference.
Stevens, who won the league crown directly in 2019, received six votes for first place and collected 62 points to be at the top of the predicted nine-team standings. During the 2019 campaign, the Ducks finished on a 17-4-1 record, won their fifth consecutive conference championship, albeit the first as a member of MAC Freedom, and made the third round of NCAA tournament history for the third time in the program. Of the Ducks’ 17 wins, 11 came through shutouts, including six straight from October 26th to November 16th.
Arcadia University, which received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, garnered two votes for first place and 56 total points to finish second. Misericordia University, which fell against the Ducks in the 2019 MAC Freedom Championship, took the final first place with a total of 53 points, while DeSales University (40) and Wilkes University (36) completed the predicted top 5. Arcadia will join Lycoming College to attend MAC Freedom after a July 2020 conference that brought the Knights and Warriors from the MAC Commonwealth to the league was reorganized. In spring 2021, after the cancellation of the traditional sports calendar in autumn 2020, the league held an exhibition season with four games.
Stevens became the seventh institution to win a MAC Freedom title with its 2019 victory and snatch Misericordia’s run from three consecutive conference crowns. The Cougars were the only team to win consecutive MAC Freedom titles since 2009.
The Ducks kick off the 2021 campaign by welcoming MAC Commonwealth preseason favorite and defending champion, Messiah University, to the DeBaun Athletic Complex on September 1st. The matchup with the top-ranked Falcons will be the first of four competitions with ranked opponents. The encounter marks the first season opener in Hoboken since 2016 and marks the first countable intercollegiate competition since November 23, 2019. Messiah was unanimously selected as the preseason favorite in the MAC Commonwealth.
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