Top-10 WNE Athletics Stories of 2013 Continues with No. 3: Men's Soccer

Top-10 WNE Athletics Stories of 2013 Continues with No. 3: Men's Soccer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The countdown of WNEGoldenBears.com's top-10 stories--voted by you, our fans--from the Calendar Year 2013 continues with our third-place finisher: the Western New England University men's soccer team claiming the Commonwealth Coast Conference crown and a top-25 finish in the NCAA Division III national rankings by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. This moment earned 91 percent of the vote.

After a disappointing season in 2012, the Golden Bears were back to their winning ways this past fall by capturing their fifth CCC title in the program's seventh year in the league. After defeating Roger Williams University in the CCC championship game, 2-0, WNE earned its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship since 2011 and eighth in team history.

The Golden Bears defeated the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the first time since 2002 by a score of 2-0 in the NCAA opening round. However, Western New England went on to lose to Williams College in the second, 4-1 (led 1-0 at halftime), in Williamstown.

At season's end the accolades continued to fall for Western New England, with a 16-5-3 overall record, T-No. 25 NSCAA ranking, two national academic citations, three all-region performers, five academic All-CCC student-athletes and four all-conference standouts.

Fourteen-year head coach Erin Sullivan and the Golden Bears will look to build off a successful season going into 2014.