STARKVILLE, Miss. – After topping former No. 1 Alabama Huntsville twice last week, North Georgia ascended to the top of the NFCA Division II Top 25 poll for the first time this season, the Association announced on Wednesday.

The Saints (26-4) received 14 of 16 first place votes this week to top the poll for the first time since May 12, 2010. Angelo State (22-3) followed North Georgia in second and received the remaining two first-place votes. Valdosta State (13-2) moved up one spot to third this week, while Cal State Monterey Bay (20-4) jumped two spots from sixth to fourth. Alabama-Huntsville (16-5) rounded out this week’s top five, falling from first to fifth.

Indiana (Pa.) (3-4-1), C.W. Post (4-6), Sonoma State (17-8) and Lenoir-Rhyne (22-9) all fell from the rankings this week, making way for one team returning to the poll and three teams making their 2012 debut. Kutztown (13-1) checked into the poll for the first time this season at No. 12, while Minnesota State Mankato (17-4) returned to the fray for the first time since the preseason rankings at No. 16. Central Oklahoma (19-3) followed closely behind Minnesota State Mankato at No. 17, while Southern Connecticut State used a 6-0 start to make its debut at No. 22.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

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