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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — NFCA Leadoff Classic champion East Texas Baptist remained unbeaten and took over the top spot in this week’s NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (15-0) Tigers went 4-0 at the Leadoff in Tucson, Ariz., including wins over three teams in this week’s Top 25 (DePauw, Emory, St. John Fisher), to end the run at No. 1 for reigning national titlist Texas Lutheran, who had been the top team since the final ranking of last season.

The (17-1) Bulldogs, meanwhile, drop to No. 2 after suffering their first loss of the season to new No. 3 Christopher Newport at the Leadoff. The (12-1) Captains also dropped one spot in the rankings after falling to Illinois Wesleyan there. That victory helped the (7-1) Titans gain a spot to No. 4.

Both Texas Lutheran and Christopher Newport received first-place votes this week.

Elsewhere, Virginia Wesleyan (11-1) continued its strong play, going 6-0 for the week to move up to fifth, Central (6-1) went 4-1 at the Leadoff to go from 12th to eighth, Mary Hardin-Baylor (12-3) went from 19th to 11th, and Transylvania (9-1) went from unranked to 16th in a big week of movement in the rankings.

Berry, Milwaukee School of Engineering, St. John Fisher and Emory all made it into the Top 25 this week.

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.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – March 11, 2020

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Previous

1

East Texas Baptist (5)

15-0

192

4

2

Texas Lutheran (2)

17-1

190

1

3

Christopher Newport (1)

12-1

188

2

4

Illinois Wesleyan

7-1

176

5

5

Virginia Wesleyan

11-1

172

6

6

Eastern Connecticut State

0-0

153

7

7

Linfield

12-2

142

3

8

Central (Iowa)

6-1

141

12

T9

Kean

9-1

137

11

T9

Williams

0-0

137

9

11

Mary Hardin-Baylor

12-3

114

19

12

Salisbury

17-3

107

16

13

DePauw

6-3

105

8

14

Carthage

6-1

92

20

15

Geneseo

0-0

80

18

16

Transylvania

9-1

59

NR

T17

Berry

8-2

43

NR

T17

Tufts

0-0

43

20

19

Randolph-Macon

8-3-1

40

12

T20

Milwaukee School of Engineering

9-1

38

NR

T20

St. John Fisher

7-3

38

NR

22

Manhattanville

4-2

31

24

T23

Ferrum

10-3

29

13

T23

Wartburg

9-3

29

21

25

Emory

7-5

26

NR

Others receiving votes: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 24, Washington (Mo.) 15, Trine 14, Maryville (Tenn.) 13, Moravian 12, Misericordia 5, St. Catherine 3, St. Thomas (Minn.) 3.

Dropped out: Averett, Ithaca, Rowan, Saint Benedict and The College of New Jersey.

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