BRISTOL, R.I. – For the first time in the history of the program, the Roger Williams University women’s soccer team has earned national ranking in the NCSAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women’s National Poll. With a 2-1 victory against Wheaton College last Friday, the women’s soccer team climbed into the national ranks at number 18.
The team has been laying a path to Roger Williams’ first national ranking since the end of last year, closing out last season with their third straight Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship title. In their first-round matchup at the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship, the team faced Messiah – the number-one team in the nation and the eventual Division III national champion. Though the Hawks fell 1-2 in that game, they still gave Messiah arguably its toughest test during the tournament – RWU was the only team to score on the national champs throughout the team’s entire run to the title.
Entering this season, the Hawks returned third-year head coach Tim Moody, along with his four captains, seniors Hannah Noel, Jessica Reade, Tory Benoit, and junior Kristen Tetreault. In addition, the Hawks brought back their top five scorers: Tetreault; Noel; senior Katie Lydon; sophomore Mariah Kaiser; and sophomore Taylor Provost.