MARSHFIELD, Mass. - For the first time in program history, the Newbury Nighthawks are the top-seed heading into the New England Collegiate Conference Postseason, as announced by the NECC Office on Sunday night. Along with the top-seed, the Nighthawks 5-0-3 conference record marks the only unbeaten season in program history.
The unbeaten Nighthawks join the 2008 Mitchell Mariners, the 2011 Southern Vermont Mountaineers, the 2012 Lesley Lynx, and the 2015 and 2016 Daniel Webster Eagles as the only other unbeaten teams in regular season conference play in NECC history.
The Nighthawks allowed just four goals to conference opponents this season, fewest in the NECC and third-fewest in the history of the NECC. Only the 2011 and 2016 Daniel Webster Eagles allowed fewer goals in conference play.
Newbury's depth has played a role in the historic season. All but one Nighthawks field player with at least 10 appearances have a point this season for Newbury.
Mitchell College, the defending champions, take the second-seed with a 6-2 conference record. The Mariners finished the season winning five of their last six, including four straight wins in the NECC.
The Nighthawks and Mariners will receive first-round byes in the Postseason.
The third-seed belongs to NECC newcomer Eastern Nazarene College. The Lions finished 4-2-2 in conference, including 3-1-1 at home in all competitions in October. They will face the six-seed Lesley Lynx, who find themselves in the Playoffs with a 3-4-1 record. The Lynx are 2-2-1 in their last five. Eastern Nazarene won the regular season match 2-0.
The fourth-seed goes to Elms College. The Blazers finished 4-3-1 in the conference this season. The final playoff spot belongs to the fifth-seeded New England College Pilgrims. New England College made their way in with the help of a 2-0-1 finish in the NECC. The Blazers took the regular season match 2-1 in mid-September.
The NECC First Round begins Tuesday, Oct. 30 with the Lions hosting the Lynx at 7:30 p.m. at Legion Field in Weymouth and the Blazers hosting the Pilgrims at 4:00 p.m. at Elms.
The Semifinal Round on Friday, Nov. 2 will feature the Nighthawks hosting the winner of the Blazers and Pilgrims at 2:00 p.m. at Hormel Stadium in Medford. The Mariners will host the winner of the other First Round match at 2:00 p.m. in New London, Conn.
For the official release by the NECC, click the link provided: Newbury Nabs Top Seed in 2018 NECC Men's Soccer Championship