Sabre softball tabbed fifth in NACC preseason poll

Marian huddles.

MILWAUKEE - Marian University softball received 197 total points to finish fifth in the NACC preseason poll, as voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the league.

Defending tournament champion Milwaukee School of Engineering edged defending regular-season champion Concordia University Wisconsin by one point to claim the top spot.  MSOE (34-12, 18-4 NACC last season), which won its opening game in last year's NCAA Division III Regional Tournament, accumulated 264 points on the strength of 11 first-place votes to edge CUW by the lone marker. The Falcons (24-11, 19-3 NACC) finished with 263 points and eight first-place votes.

Aurora University is third with 242 points and three first-place votes, while Benedictine University received the final two first-place votes and sits fourth with 228 points. Marian University (fifth, 197 points) and Dominican University (sixth, 162 points) are the favorites to lock down the last two spots for this year's NACC Tournament.

Concordia University Chicago (140), Wisconsin Lutheran College (124), Lakeland University (93), Rockford University (79), Alverno College (45) and Edgewood College (35) round out the poll.

The top six teams in the final regular-season standings will qualify for the NACC Softball Tournament, which will be held April 30-May 2 at Aurora's Bedrosian Stadium at Spartan Athletic Park in Montgomery, Illinois. The NACC Tournament champion will receive the league's automatic berth in the 2020 NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

Marian travels to UW-Oshkosh for a 5 p.m. non-conference doubleheader to open the season Friday, February 21.

2020 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
Softball Preseason Poll
Rank School (1st place votes) Points 2019 Record
1. MSOE (11) 264 34-12, 18-4 NACC
2. Concordia Wisconsin (8) 263 24-11, 19-3 NACC
3. Aurora (3) 242 28-16, 16-6 NACC
4. Benedictine (2) 228 27-13, 13-9 NACC
5. Marian 197 26-15, 15-7 NACC
6. Dominican 162 23-19, 12-10 NACC
7. Concordia Chicago 140 21-17, 11-11 NACC
8. Wisconsin Lutheran 124 23-17, 11-11 NACC
9. Lakeland 93 14-24, 7-15 NACC
10. Rockford 79 16-24, 6-16 NACC
11. Alverno 45 12-28, 2-20 NACC
12. Edgewood 35 8-26, 2-20 NACC