NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
Columbus State received all eight first-place votes to top the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll for the second straight week, the association announced Wednesday.
The Cougars earned their first No. 1 ranking since 1999 last week in one of the closest votes in the poll’s history, but the Peach Belt Conference champion left no doubt this week as it unanimously topped the poll ahead of Lock Haven, who remained second.
The rest of the top five remained unchanged again this week, with Humboldt State coming in third followed by Angelo State and Valdosta State.
Minnesota State, Mankato made a big jump this week, leaping eight places to No. 6 after a 9-0 week that included wins over Nebraska-Omaha and Winona State.
Lewis moved up one notch to seventh, while Adelphi vaulted into the top 10 at No. 8 after winning 15 straight games to clinch the East Coast Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne, winner of the South Atlantic Conference, jumped two notches into the top 10 at No. 9. Emporia State remained in the top 10 as it slipped four places from last week’s No. 6 perch.
Florida Gulf Coast moved up two slots to No. 11, followed by Cal State Stanislaus who dropped five places to No. 12. SIU-Edwardsville came in at No. 13 this week, followed by St. Mary’s who moved into the poll at No. 14 after winning the Heartland Conference title and clinching a berth in the NCAA South Central Regional.
Kutztown stayed at No. 15 this week, while LIU-C.W. Post dropped seven notches into a tie for No. 16 with Florida Southern, who climbed four places.
Midwestern State dipped three spots to 18th, just ahead of newcomer UC-San Diego. Wayne State advanced five places into the top 20 after sitting at No. 25 the past two weeks.
Augusta State, Bloomsburg, SW Minnesota State, Hawaii Pacific and Southern Connecticut State round out the top 25.