BALTIMORE- The Johns Hopkins women's soccer team will open the 2014 season ranked in the same spot it ended the 2013 season as the Blue Jays check in at number six in the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Preseason Poll.
This is the sixth consecutive year that Johns Hopkins will open the season ranked in the top 10. Defending national champion William Smith earned the top spot in the preseason poll and is followed by Trinity (TX), Middlebury (VT), Washington (MO) and Ithaca (NY) in the top five. The Blue Jays check in at number six with Wheaton (IL), Montclair State (NJ), Messiah (PA) and the College of New Jersey rounding out the top 10.
Head coach Leo Weil and his Blue Jays will have little time to ease into the 2014 season as they will open the season on August 29 against eighth-ranked Montclair, welcome ninth-ranked Messiah and 10th-ranked TCNJ to Homewood Field before September reaches its midway point and also play 18th-ranked Lynchburg in the first two weeks of the season. Those four teams combined to post an 80-9-4 record last season.
Returning to lead the Blue Jays is senior Hannah Kronick. Kronnick earned First Team All-America and Third Team Capital One Academic All-America honors last season, when she scored 22 goals and added 10 assists.
Johns Hopkins posted a 21-2-1 record last season and claimed its eighth Centennial Conference title in the last nine years. The Blue Jays capped the season with a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals; it was Johns Hopkins' fourth trip to the quarterfinals in the last five years.
2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Pre-Season Top 10