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Carles Montoliu Lobo
Carles Montoliu Lobo had a goal and an assist in the Bears upset win.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Picked Second in SAC Preseason Poll

After advancing to the fourth NCAA Tournament in program history last season, Lenoir-Rhyne men’s soccer was picked to finish second in the 2022 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Poll, the league announced. Five Bears were also named preseason All-Conference – Carles Montoliu Lobo, Dani Fernandez, Jaime Poza, Harri Rowe and Juan Basabe.

The Bears received four first place votes from the league’s coaches and 114 points overall. Reigning regular season league champion Carson-Newman was picked first and received seven out of the possible 11 first-place votes.

Montoliu Lobo, a graduate student from Valencia, Spain, was named to the First-Team after receiving First-Team honors in 2021. He is a three-time All-Conference selection, and was the SAC Freshman of the Year in 2018. He was also named the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the year in men’s soccer for the 2021-22 school year, and earned the prestigious SAC Man of the Year award, given to one student-athlete every year for a combination of play on the field, academics and community service.

Fernandez, a graduate student from Madrid, Spain, was also named to the First-Team after earning Second-Team honors in 2021, and was the SAC Defensive Player of the Year in the spring 2021 season in addition to First-Team All-Conference honors.

Poza, a graduate student from Madrid, Spain, was named to the Second-Team after starting 16 games last year and scoring three goals and recording six assists. Rowe, a sophomore defender from Aberystwyth, Wales, was named to the Second-Team after earning Third-Team honors in 2021. Basabe, a senior from Durango, Spain, was named to the Third-Team after earning Second-Team honors in the Spring 2021 season. Basabe played in six games in goal for the Bears in the fall of 2021 after being injured in preseason training, and allowed just eight goals in six games with two clean sheets.

The Bears open the season at home against No. 11 Young Harris on Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Moretz Sports Complex.

2022 SAC Men’s Soccer Preseason Poll
Rank School (First Place Votes) Points
1 Carson-Newman (7) 114
2 Lenoir-Rhyne (4) 105
3 Limestone 100
4 Coker 89
5 Anderson 80
6 Mars Hill 72
7 Wingate (1) 69
8 Catawba 49
9 Newberry 36
10 Lincoln Memorial 34
11 Tusculum 33
12 Emory & Henry 11
2022 SAC Men’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Teams
First Team

F – Tom Savigar, Catawba
F – Harry Whitehead, Carson-Newman
F – Peter Plougmand, Mars Hill
F – Kevonte Willoughby-Williams, Mars Hill
MF – Antonio Ferreira, Limestone
MF – Pedro Santos, Wingate
MF – Martin Carpena, Anderson
MF – Carles Montoliu Lobo, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Dani Fernandez, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Alexander Render, Limestone
D – Eric Schmutzer, Carson-Newman
D – Owen Marshall, Wingate
GK – Jasper Rump, Coker

Second Team

F – Nic Carsh, Carson-Newman
F – Jaime Poza, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Gabin Guillou, Coker
MF – Yannick Kranz, Carson-Newman
MF – Damien Baltide, Tusculum
MF – Andres Osorio, Anderson
MF – Dan Roth, Mars Hill
D – Harri Rowe, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Gustavo Palmieri, Coker
D – Joao Martinho, Anderson
D – Nolan McMillen, Mars Hill
GK – Brennan Whalen, Mars Hill


F – Nino Egli, Emory & Henry
MF – Louis Pereira-Scott, Emory & Henry
D – Mariano Carpena, Anderson
D – Matty Tricker, Coker
D – Devin Scully, Wingate
D – Luke Manley, Mars Hill
GK – Juan Basabe, Lenoir-Rhyne