Penn State Berks Enters Spring Season Ranked No. 1 in NEAC Men's Golf Preseason Poll

Penn State Berks Enters Spring Season Ranked No. 1 in NEAC Men's Golf Preseason Poll

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – After winning its first conference championship last spring, Penn State Berks will be the team to beat in the 2018-19 season as the top pick in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Golf Preseason Poll.   

Penn State Berks received all seven allowable first-place votes to earn 49 points and the top spot from the conference coaches. The Nittany Lions return four key pieces from the 2017-18 team with junior Andrew Cornish (Limerick, Pa.) leading the way. Cornish cleaned up at last year’s championship event as the NEAC Golfer and Rookie of the Year as the first player in program history to finish as the individual medalist. Junior Matt Kreider (Lititz, Pa.) is also expected to play a big role for Penn State Berks after two first-place finishes last season and a spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. NEAC Coach of the Year Rick Bausher will welcome newcomer Will Gekas (York, Pa.) to complete a squad that is looking to repeat its success from last spring. 

With a roster full of veteran golfers, Rutgers University-Camden ranks second with 43 points and the final first-place vote. Juniors Sean Hughes (Washington Township, N.J.) and Richard Stolz (West Deptford, N.J.) are key returners for the Scarlet Raptors after the duo finished second and third, respectively, at the 2018 NEAC Championship to earn All-Conference First Team honors. Seniors Colton Cardea (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Cory Meyer (Bordentown, N.J.) will serve as team captains for head coach Bob Cardea while junior Andrew Gutierrez (Cranford, N.J.) begins the spring as a top newcomer as the Scarlet Raptors will work to return to the top of the conference in 2019. 

After placing third at the 2018 NEAC Championship, Penn College is third in the preseason poll with 36 points. Junior Austin Moscariello (New Columbia, Pa.) returns after finishing fifth at last year’s championship event to land a spot on the NEAC All-Conference First Team. Senior Ned Baumbach (Elizabethtown, Pa.) and sophomore Brian Whelan (Cresco, Pa.) will also bring experience to the Wildcats after earning All-Conference Second and Third Team honors, respectively. 

SUNY Cobleskill closes out the top half of the poll in fourth place with 31 points. Head coach Joseph McCarthy looks to build upon the momentum generated by a pair of invitational wins in the fall to help the Fighting Tigers improve upon their fourth-place finish last spring. All-Conference Second Team honorees Cody Latimer (Mayville, N.Y.) and Colin Hizny (Endicott, N.Y.) are back for their senior year and will provide veteran leadership for SUNY Cobleskill throughout the spring.

The NEAC men’s golf field includes eight teams for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Lancaster Bible’s new program. The Chargers will be led by head coach Zach Freeman in their first season.

The full 2018-19 men’s golf preseason rankings can be found below:

Rank Institution (First-Place Votes) Total Points
1. Penn State Berks (7) 49
2. Rutgers University-Camden (1) 43
3. Penn College 36
4. SUNY Cobleskill 31
5. Penn State Abington 20
6. Keuka College * 19
7. Morrisville State * 19
8. Lancaster Bible  7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Tie broken by higher ordinal number points

The preseason poll rankings were conducted by the NEAC men’s golf coaches, with each coach ranking all teams but their own using a staggered points system (seven points for a first-place vote, six points for second, etc.). The NEAC men’s golf spring season will get underway on March 7, with a full season schedule being available on the NEAC website. The NEAC Men’s Golf Championship will be held on April 27-28, 2019 at the Foxchase Golf Club in Stevens, Pa. with Penn State Berks serving as the host institution.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.