Men's Soccer

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 status.