A 5-0 start to the 2017 season for the University of Scranton men's soccer team has garnered the Royals a sixth place ranking in the initial United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Poll, which was released by the organization late Tuesday.
The Royals are also ranked 13th in the initial D3Soccer.com Men's Top 25, which was also released on Tuesday.
Leading the regional poll is Lycoming (Scranton's opponent in their next match on Saturday), followed by Haverford and Messiah. Franklin & Marshall comes in fourth in this week's regional rankings, followed by Gettysburg in fifth and the Royals in Sixth. Rounding out the poll is John Hopkins, Dickinson, Eastern, and Landmark Conference rival Drew in 10th.
In the D3Soccer.com poll, the Royals garnered 471 total points to come in 13th in the first ranking since the season began almost two weeks ago. The Royals are the only Landmark Conference team ranked in this week's D3Soccer.com poll, as well.
Scranton, who is the two-time defending Landmark Conference Champions, have not missed a beat to kick-off 2017 with their 5-0 start.
The team's signature victory of the early portion of the season came last Saturday at 13th-ranked SUNY-Cortland, as the Royals avenged a loss in last season's NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 win in double overtime. Scoring the game-winner in the victory was senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) in the 105th minute, as sophomore goalie Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) kept Scranton in it all match, making eight saves on the day.
The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, hosting sixth-ranked Lycoming at Fitzpatrick Field. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.