KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches recently released its Week 1 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer rankings and Washington and Lee moved up to No. 3 in the poll.
Tufts University (2-0-0) remained atop the standings, while Franklin & Marshall College (2-0-0) made the largest jump in the poll, from 18th to second. Following W&L (3-0-1) was the University of Rochester (1-0-1) and the University of Redlands (1-0-0). This is the highest ranking in program history by the United Soccer Coaches/National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
After the Generals opened the season at No. 11 in the Preseason Poll, W&L has gone on to win three out of four matches so far this season, posting a 3-0-1 overall record. In their most recent game, the Generals defeated Lynchburg, who is now receiving votes in the poll, in a non-conference contest by a 2-1 score in double-overtime.
Through the team’s first four games of 2021, junior midfielder Samuel Bass (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) leads the team with five points on two goals and an assist. He is tied for the team lead in goals accounted-for with junior midfielder Michael Kutsanzira (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe/Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)), who has four points on a goal and two assists. Senior goalkeeper Michael Nyc (Kildeer, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) has been strong thus far as well, posting a 0.46 goals-against average in 391:13, with a 0.895 save percentage.
In total, 10 different players have recorded a point for the Generals so far this season, with seven players posting multiple points.
The Generals have three non-conference games remaining on their 2021 regular season schedule, including a home game against No. 16 Christopher Newport on September 24.
W&L will return to action on Friday when it travels to Hanover for a 4:00 pm contest.