Vikings Move Up To No. 7 In Nation
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, September 19, 2001
Hudson Valley Community College's men's soccer
team climbed one spot in the most recent NJCAA Division III coach's poll,
which was released on September 18. The Vikings (3-2), previously ranked
eighth, are now the No. 7 team in the nation.
On September 8, Hudson defeated Michigan's
Macomb Community College, then the No. 5 team in the country. Of the 26
players on Hudson Valley's roster, 24 hail from the Capital Region. All
three captains – Chris Mahigian (Tamarac H.S.), Dan DiFiore (Averill
Park H.S.) and Craig Hotaling (Columbia H.S.) – played at Section
II high schools.
In the 2000-01 academic year, Hudson Valley's athletic
teams combined to win 72 percent of their contests. The ice hockey team
won the NJCAA championship, the baseball team earned a berth in the NJCAA
World Series and the football team won the Region III title. The women's
basketball team earned a No. 1 national ranking and turned in a 24-3 record
while the men's hoop squad competed in the Region III championship game.
Additionally, two Vikings earned Region III Player-of-the-Year status,
20 were named All-Region III performers, and 10 were honored with All-American