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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — DePauw will be the No. 1 team in the NFCA Division III Top 25 when the NCAA tournament begins later this week.

The (34-2) Tigers swept Hiram in the best-of-three North Coast Athletic Conference championship over the weekend to claim their fourth straight NCAC tournament and extend their win streak to 18 games. DePauw, which has won 40 of its last 45 over the last two seasons, is the top seed in the Decatur (Ill.) Regional, and will play Mount St. Joseph (30-8) on Thursday in its NCAA opener.

Meanwhile, reigning national champion Texas Lutheran (28-4), the top team nationally the past three weeks, and Virginia Wesleyan (37-5-1), the No. 1 squad the two weeks before that, share the second position. The Bulldogs are the top seed at home in the Seguin (Texas) Regional, while the two-time national champion Marlins are the top seed and host for the Virginia Beach (Va.) Regional.

Eastern Connecticut State (30-2), fresh off its victory in the Little East Conference tournament, is the fourth seed in the Bangor (Maine) Regional, while fifth-ranked Birmingham-Southern (29-5) is the No. 3 seed in the Marshall (Texas) Regional, which will be hosted by No. 7 East Texas Baptist and also features second seed and ninth-ranked Salisbury (24-7).

No. 16 St. John Fisher (28-5), No. 24 St. Olaf (24-6), receiving votes Wisconsin-Oshkosh (24-11) and unranked Husson (27-1) are the other four NCAA Regional top seeds.

The first 12 teams in this week’s poll, and 26 teams overall in the Top 25 or receiving-votes category will be playing later this week in regionals.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses. In 2021, schools that are not competing are not eligible for the poll.  

There will be a final Top 25 ranking following the completion of the NCAA tournament.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – May 19, 2021

Rank

Team

2021 Record

Points

Previous

1

DePauw (8)

34-2

200

T2

T2

Texas Lutheran

28-4

192

1

 

Virginia Wesleyan

37-5-1

192

T2

4

Eastern Connecticut State

30-2

176

6

5

Birmingham-Southern

29-5

168

5

6

Moravian

30-1

160

4

7

East Texas Baptist

30-5

152

7

8

Linfield

36-7

144

8

9

Salisbury

24-7

136

9

10

The College of New Jersey

23-3

128

14

11

Christopher Newport

28-12

115

11

12

Belhaven

30-10

109

13

13

Berry

25-10

98

10

14

Rochester

31-8

91

20

15

Emory & Henry

26-7

88

15

16

St. John Fisher

28-5

67

12

17

Alfred

31-9

44

NR

18

Mount Union

32-7

41

16

19

Randolph-Macon

14-7-1

34

17

T20

Millikin

31-11

33

RV

 

St. Thomas (Minn.)

28-8

33

NR

22

Trine

30-8

32

22

23

Milwaukee School of Engineering

33-8

31

RV

24

St. Olaf

24-6

30

21

25

Coe

24-13

28

19

Others receiving votes: Mount St. Joseph 21, Concordia (Wis.) 18, Rowan 16, York (Pa.) 11, Saint Benedict 6, Benedictine 5, Stevens Institute of Technology 3, Southern Maine 3, Tufts 2, and Wisconsin-Oshkosh 1.

Dropped out: Misericordia, Transylvania and Wartburg.

Programs that do not participate during the 2021 season will not be eligible for the poll.

2021 NFCA Division III Top 25 Committee

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