Limestone Remains at No. 14 in This Week's NSCAA Poll
The Saints entered the season ranked No. 21 and has spent 18 consecutive weeks in the national rankings since the first poll was announced in early August. Limestone climbed to as high as No. 3 in the NSCAA poll and went three straight weeks in the national Top-5. Altogether, the Blue and Gold has been ranked for 62 straight weeks dating back to early last year. read more
Eric Alsop enters his 15th season at the helm of the Saints soccer program in 2017. During his tenure, Alsop has guided Limestones men soccer program to new heights, including 10 consecutive top-3 finishes in conference play, three Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships (2006, 2012, 2013), three Conference Carolinas Regular Season Titles (2012, 2013, 2014), five NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015), and four final NSCAA national rankings.
Not only has the program reached a new standard in recent years, Alsops players have also seen tremendous success on an individual level. Under his guidance, the program has produced eight All-Americans, 49 All-Southeast Region selections, 72 All-Conference Team honorees, four Conference Carolinas Freshmen of the Year, one Conference Carolinas Offensive Player of the Year, and one Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year.
In the true spirit of Division II athletics, the members of Alsops programs have also performed well in the classroom with numerous mens soccer players being named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll. In all, Alsops program has produced 23 Academic All-Conference members, two Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year, 13 Scholar All-Region, three Academic All-District selections, and four Academic All-Americans. Additionally, the team earned its eighth consecutive NSCAA College Team Academic Award by posting a combined team GPA above a 3.0 for the entire academic year.
Tom Morris, a former standout with the Limestone mens soccer team, begins his second year as an assistant coach with the Saints. Morris has also coached the Myrtle Beach FC Mutiny, guiding the club to the NPSL playoffs for the first time in franchise history and a No. 2 national ranking during the 2015 season.
In his first season as the assistant coach, Limestone set the program record for highest winning percentage as the team went 16-3-1 overall. The Saints featured four All-American award winners in 2014, and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the second time in team history with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over Wingate.
The Blue and Gold captured its third straight Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship, winning the title outright with a perfect 10-0 record in league play during the 2014 campaign. The Saints swept the major conference end-of-season awards and placed a total of eight on the All-Conference Team. Limestone spent the entire season in the national rankings, finishing the year ranked No. 10.
Assistant Coach/Reserve Team
Scott Simmons begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Limestone mens soccer program. During his tenure, Simmons has helped guide the Saints to a pair of Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championships, three NCAA Tournament appearances and a Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship.
This past season, Simmons mentored a Limestone team that went 16-5 overall and secured a runner-up finish in the Conference Carolinas standings, finishing behind only eventual National Champion Pfeiffer. The Saints earned a third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and advanced in the national tourney for a second consecutive season.
In 2014, he played a key role in helping guide the Blue and Gold to its first undefeated conference regular season in program history and its first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance since the 2006. Limestone players earned a total of four All-American awards during the 2014 campaign and featured 10 All-Region selections.