After spending more than a decade playing on a natural grass surface, the Cougars will open 2014 with a new home surface. The new field is a synthetic surface that will now be the home to both the men's and women's soccer programs as well as the lacrosse program. The Cougars will play their first home regular season contest on the field on Friday, August 29 against Becker College in the opening round of the Worcester City Men's Soccer Tournament.
Clark was picked seventh in the recent New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) preseason coaches' poll. Wheaton, who defeated regular season champion MIT in the title match, was picked first followed by the Engineers.
Of the 24 student-athletes on the Clark roster for 2014, 18 are underclassmen including nine freshmen – two of which are goalkeepers.
The Skinny On Vinny
Sophomore Vinny Morra (Setauket, N.Y.) is coming off of a strong freshman campaign that saw his play in all 18 games, making 13 starts. He finished second on the team in scoring with 13 points (six goals, one assist) and got hot down the stretch, scoring a goal in each of the final three games.
Oscar The Grouch
Senior striker Oscar Zapata (Lima, Peru) returns for his senior campaign in 2014 having earned both NEWMAC Academic All-Conference and NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference accolades in 2013. He enters this season with 24 goals and 51 career points – both of which rank in the program's all-time top ten.
Sophomore Michael Spanos (Waterford, Conn.) was the lone Cougar to start and play in all 18 games a season ago.
Clark scored 24 goals a season ago and had 12 games where they scored one goal or fewer in 12 of their contests. However, the Cougars return six of their top seven scorers from 2013 including 20 of the 24 goals.