In the blink of an eye, October is nearly here.
That ensures the Division 3 men's soccer season around New England is approaching its halfway point and the "prove yourself" period of conference play is around the corner.
Coaches have spent much of September ascertaining which formations and combinations work best, especially since learning moments were so few and far between during the 2020-21 school year. Though sometimes it's as simple as putting your most talented players in positions to succeed and letting them workshop things on the pitch.
Either way, a sense of New England's top-tier D3 men's programs is starting to emerge. We've lined up the top 10 and some honorable mentions, though be heedful of how quickly things could change at this juncture.