ADA – The Ohio Northern men's soccer team is ranked No. 23 in the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire Men's Division III preseason poll.

The Polar Bears finished last season ranked No. 19 in the poll.

Messiah (Pa.) was once again picked as the preseason favorite, followed by Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) and Amherst (Mass.) rounding out the top three.

ONU closed out the 2013 season 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the OAC, tied for first. The Polar Bears picked up their fourth straight tournament title and third consecutive regular season championship.

Ohio Northern will open its season on Aug. 29, when it faces Muskegon (Mich.) in the ONU Invitational at 7:30pm.

NSCAA Division III Men's Poll - Preseason

Aug. 8, 2014

Rank School 2013 Record 2013 Rank
1. Messiah (Pa.)
24-1-1
1
2. Rutgers-Camden (N.J.) 23-1-2
2
T3. Amherst (Mass.)
18-1-2 5
T3. Loras (Iowa)
19-2-3
3
5. Trinty (Texas) 21-3-1 6
6. Williams (Mass.)
15-7-0
4
7. St. Lawrence (N.Y.) 17-3-2
11
8. Ohio Wesleyan 19-1-3 9
9. Montclair State 17-4-3
7
10. Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) 17-4-2 8
11. York (Pa.) 19-3-1
10
12. Stevens (N.J.) 17-2-1 16
13. University of Rochester (N.Y.) 15-3-2 12
14. Kenyon 16-5-3 14
15.  Wheaton (Ill.) 17-4-2 17
16. Wartburg (Iowa) 17-5-2 13
17. Brandeis 16-5-1 15
18. Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
12-3-3 18
19. Salisbury (Md.) 18-4-0 19
20. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Wis.) 15-2-4
23
21.  Hope (Mich.) 17-5-2
23
22. Rose-Hulman (Ind.) 12-6-5 21
23. Ohio Northern 18-4-0 RV
T24. Dickinson (Pa.) 13-5-2 25
T24.
Washington (Mo.) 10-4-3 RV

Others Receiving Votes: Luther (Iowa), Texas Dallas, Westminster (Mo., Roger Williams, SUNY Oneonta, Oberlin, Gordon, Virginia Wesleyan