Hanover's men's soccer program has been picked to finish second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference this season in voting by league coaches.

Rose-Hulman received seven first-place votes and 94 total points in a poll of the conference's 10 head coaches and was picked first. Hanover, which is seeking the school's first HCAC men's soccer title, totaled 77 points and one first place vote.

Transylvania placed third in the poll with 75 points followed by Anderson (71 points and one first place vote), Earlham (60 points and one first place vote), Franklin (59), Defiance (48), Manchester (30), Mount St. Joseph (23) and Bluffton (13).

Hanover finished third in the HCAC last season with a 6-2-1 record (10-8-2 overall). The Panthers ended the season with a 3-0 setback to Rose-Hulman in the HCAC tournament.

Hanover returns two first-team All-HCAC members from last season's squad, including Freshman of the Year Matt Eldridge from Louisville Trinity. Eldridge led the Panthers with seven goals last fall, totaling 15 points during his freshman season. Defensively, back Drew Roberts, a senior from Goshen, Ky. and North Oldham High School, led the Hanover defense, which ranked second in the HCAC with just six goals allowed.

In addition, midfielder Matt Grau and goalie Trevor Korfhagen, both seniors from Cincinnati, were listed as HCAC players to watch.

The 2014 men's soccer season is set to begin on Aug. 29.