2018 Dean Men's Soccer Season Preview

2018 Dean Men's Soccer Season Preview
A NEW ERA BEGINS
Friday, August 31 kicks off a new era in Dean College men's soccer with new head coach Joseph Campbell taking over a program that has seen an incredible amount of success in the past three seasons.
 
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE
Campbell brings with him a wealth of knowledge, having been the head coach at Mount Ida for the past eight seasons. While with the Mustangs, he guided them to seven playoff appearances, and was twice named the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) Coach of the Year (2013, 2015).
 
NO TIME WASTED
The Bulldogs waste little time jumping into the teeth of their 17-game schedule, playing traditional regional stalwarts, Wheaton (August 31) and Clark University (September 8) within their first four games. Dean does get both of those games at home but in between those two games, the Bulldogs travel to Pine Manor (September 2) and Massachusetts Maritime (September 5). The much anticipated rematch with Mitchell College  - the only team to hand Dean a loss a season ago - will happen on the road in New London on Saturday, September 29.
 
POLL POSITION
Dean was picked second - behind Mitchell - in the NECC's preseason coaches poll. Both teams grabbed three first-place votes, but the Mariners collected 74 total points compared to the Bulldogs' 60.
 
BACK FOR MORE
Only six student-athletes from last season's 16-1-3 squad that advanced to the USCAA National Semifinals return but that doesn't mean that the cupboard is bare. Seniors Danny Isaksen (Cambridge, England), Kyle Lameiras (Attleboro, Mass.) and Brendan Pacheco (Fall River, Mass.) are back along with All-American Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.) and fellow sophomores Tyler Medeiros (Fall River, Mass.) and Devin Moore (Walpole, Mass.).
 
WE WANT AN ENCORE
The freshman campaign by the Bulldogs' Felipe Campos was remarkable. He was named the NECC Rookie of the Year and first-team all-conference after leading the conference in goals scored (23) and points (52), earning league rookie of the week four times. Over the summer, the sophomore striker was ranked No. 14 on the New England Soccer Journal's list of best Division III men's soccer players in the region.
 
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED
Of the 18 student-athletes that currently make up the 2018 version of Dean Men's Soccer, 12 of them are freshmen.