With a solid core of returning players, a healthy C Nortey (who put nine in the back of the net in 2011) back on the pitch after sitting out the 2012 season, and the addition of a recruiting class that looks to be the best in the history of the program, many felt Marquette was on the short list of teams that were legitimate contenders for the national championship in 2013.
Last year the Cardinal played well in the early going but they lacked the edge and perhaps focus they needed to prevail against several top level opponents. They are designed to predict what the NCAA Tournament field would be if the selections were to be made at this moment. Alex Passucci – Fairleigh Dickinson – The 2012 campaign is Passucci’s eighteenth as an assistant coach at FDU and the fifteenth that he has worked under the direction of head coach Seth Roland. It has been somewhat difficult to get a handle on just how competitive Saint Louis is this year. Second Round – Winner vs. #1 California (Pac-12 #2) During Muuss’ tenure in Winston Salem the Deacons have earned six straight NCAA Tourney berths and advanced to the College Cup in 2006 for the first time in the history of the program.
I thought that we really pushed along, did quite well, and really deserved to be at this point.” The final College Soccer News Top 30 Poll ranked Akron as the number fifteen team in the country while the final NSCAA Poll had Akron as the number sixteen team.