MILWAUKEE – Marian University softball received 206 points to finish the NACC preseason poll in fifth place, as voted on by the sports information directors and head coaches of the league.
Concordia Wisconsin, which won the North Division title under last year’s divisional format but was sidelined by Milwaukee School of Engineering in North Division tournament final, accumulated 315 points and 12 of 26 first-place votes. MSOE, which went on to win the NACC Tournament championship series as well as a couple of games in the NCAA regional, sits second. The Raiders are just nine markers back with 306 points and eight first-place votes.
Aurora University, last year’s South Division regular-season champ, is third with 295 points and four first-place votes, while 2021 South Division tournament champion Benedictine University rounds out the top four with 278 points and the final two first-place votes.
Marian University edged newcomer St. Norbert College, 206-204, for fifth place. Rockford University (176) is seventh, followed by Dominican University (140) in eighth and Lakeland University and Wisconsin Lutheran College (both 124) in a tie for ninth. Concordia University Chicago (117), Edgewood College (55), and Alverno College (26) round out the poll.
Marian opens the season against UW-Stevens Point in Rhinelander, Wis. for a 5 p.m. doubleheader Friday, February 18.
|Rank||School (1st place votes)||Points||2021 Record|
|1.||Concordia Wisconsin (12)||315||31-8, 18-2 NACC North|
|2.||MSOE (8)||306||35-10, 15-5 NACC North|
|3.||Aurora (4)||295||35-7, 18-2 NACC South|
|4.||Benedictine (2)||278||34-14, 17-3 NACC South|
|5.||Marian||206||23-20, 10-10 NACC North|
|6.||St. Norbert||204||18-9, 11-4 Midwest North|
|7.||Rockford||176||23-18, 11-9 NACC South|
|8.||Dominican||140||11-20, 7-13 NACC South|
|t-9.||Lakeland||124||12-23-1, 9-11 NACC North|
|t-9.||Wisconsin Lutheran||124||15-23, 8-12 NACC North|
|11.||Concordia Chicago||117||11-27-1, 6-14 NACC South|
|12.||Edgewood||55||9-31, 1-19 NACC South|
|13.||Alverno||26||1-28, 0-20 NACC South|