Top Moment #4 of 2013-14: Return to CCC Pinnacle, NCAA Tournament for Men's Soccer

Top Moment #4 of 2013-14: Return to CCC Pinnacle, NCAA Tournament for Men's Soccer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Western New England University returned to the top of the Commonwealth Coast Conference men's soccer mountain last fall, as the No. 4 moment/story of the 2013-14 academic year in Golden Bear Athletics. Western New England finished the season with a 16-5-3 overall record, improving by seven wins from 2012's 9-9-3 squad, a top-25 ranking in the final National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Division III poll and the program's eighth NCAA tournament berth since 2004.

As the No. 2 seed with a 6-1-2 conference record, Western New England defeated Curry College, Nichols College and Roger Williams University by a combined 5-1 score for their fifth CCC championship in the program's seventh year in the league, debuting in 2007.

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 lost to fourth-ranked Williams College in the second, 4-1 (led 1-0 at halftime), in Williamstown.

Other team accolades include two national academic awards, five all-region citations (including the New England Division III Defensive Player of the Year for the Eastern College Athletic Conference), five academic All-CCC student-athletes, a trio of New England Intercollegiate Soccer League Senior All-Star Game invitees, and four all-conference standouts including the CCC Defensive Player of the Year.

2013-14 Top Moments/Stories Schedule
No. 10: Men's Golf winning the Division III title (4th overall) at 79th annual New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championships
No. 9: 131 Academic All-Conference honorees, a school record for the third-straight school year
No. 8: Volleyball becoming the second WNE women's sport to claim consecutive ECAC championships
No. 7: Record-setting offense for football
No. 6: Women's Lacrosse has best season ever highlighted by an unbeaten regular season
No. 5: Kevin Parma Combining Scholarship and Athletics Excellence in Men's Soccer
No. 4: Return to Commonwealth Coast Conference Men's Soccer Prominence
No. 3: Aug. 18
No. 2: Aug. 25
No. 1: Sep. 1