RICHMOND, Va. – For the first time since the 2005 campaign, the VCU Men's Soccer program has landed in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tires Top 25 poll.
The Rams are ranked 16th in the country after breaking out to a 4-0 record start the 2011 campaign. The Black & Gold collected 157 points in this week's poll.
The Rams held steady at No. 4 in the NSCAA South-Atlantic Regional Rankings. VCU follows the University of Maryland, Boston College and Colonial Athletic Association foe William & Mary.
The Rams landed in a trio of other polls, including College Soccer News (ranked 28th) Soccer America (ranked 21st), and Goal.com (ranked 21st).
With team success comes invidivual accolades, and sophomore defender Garrett Harvey (pictured right) was lauded for his play this past week by being named to the College Soccer New Team of the Week. The Richmond, Va., native scored the game-winning goal in VCU's 2-1 come-from-behind victory over cross town rival University of Richmond on Friday night in the 2011 VCU Tournament.
Harvey followed that up with an impressive performance in the team's 4-0 victory over Elon University on Sunday afternoon. For his performance, he was named to the All-2011 VCU Tournament Team and garnered Defensive MVP honors.
The Rams are set to hit the road for a pair of games at the Coastal Carolina University/Adidas Invitational. VCU will square off with University of South Carolina-Upstate on Friday at 5 p.m. before taking on the host Chanticleers on Sunday at 3 p.m.