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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Linfield saw its 18-game win streak end, but maintained its standing as the top team in the country for a third week in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (22-2) Wildcats dropped the second game of a four-game weekend series with Puget Sound, but won the final two games to quickly get back on track. Meanwhile, No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan (21-3-1) also lost — to then-No. 22 Randolph-Macon — but rebounded to sweep Ferrum on Saturday and Bridgewater (Va.). on Tuesday.

There was no such stumble from reigning national champion Texas Lutheran (16-3), which took two from Trinity (Texas) and four from Schreiner to remain firmly entrenched in third, while East Texas Baptist (16-3) won three against Texas-Dallas to move up to fourth, and Salisbury (14-4) rolled to a pair of wins over Division II Bowie State to ascend to fifth.

Christopher Newport (18-8) slipped to sixth off a split with the same Bridgewater team Virginia Wesleyan swept, before also splitting with William Peace on Tuesday, with a sweep of Lynchburg in between.

Eastern Connecticut (14-0) was one of two biggest movers this week, surging five spots to seventh after winning four straight against UMass-Dartmouth. The Warriors, who were 2-0 before COVID-19 halted the 2020 season, have won 27 of their last 29, and haven’t lost since May 26, 2019, when they fell 3-2 in an eight-inning heartbreaker to eventual national runner-up Emory at the NCAA Championship finals in Tyler, Texas.

Saint Benedict (10-2) is the other big gainer this week, also moving up five places, to 19th, after a pair of wins. Transylvania (13-7), just above the Bennies at No. 18, dropped five spots after a week that included a split with Franklin.

Elsewhere, unbeaten Westminster (Pa.) joined the poll at No. 25 after continuing its winning ways, which included a sweep of Washington & Jefferson on Tuesday to get to 18-0.

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 will not be eligible for the poll.  

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 7, 2021

Rank

Team

2021 Record

Points

Previous

1

Linfield (8)

22-2

200

1

2

Virginia Wesleyan

21-3-1

192

2

3

Texas Lutheran

20-4

184

3

4

East Texas Baptist

16-3

176

5

5

Salisbury

14-4

168

6

6

Christopher Newport

18-8

160

4

7

Eastern Connecticut State

14-0

152

12

8

Kean

12-0

144

8

9

Birmingham-Southern

23-3

136

9

T10

Belhaven

20-6

128

10

 

DePauw

17-2

128

7

12

St. John Fisher

7-1

110

11

13

Berry

16-5

100

14

14

Wartburg

17-4

97

16

15

Moravian

8-0

89

15

16

Milwaukee School of Engineering

16-1

82

17

17

Emory & Henry

13-3

62

19

18

Transylvania

13-7

57

13

19

Saint Benedict

10-2

50

24

20

Randolph-Macon

8-3-1

39

T22

T21

Cortland

6-2

36

T22

 

Mount Union

17-3

36

20

23

Dubuque

12-4

33

18

24

Alvernia

12-2

30

21

25

Westminster (Pa.)

18-0

7

NR

Others receiving votes: Misericordia 4, St. Scholastica 4, McMurry 1, Millikin 1, Stevenson 1, Trine 1.

Dropped out: Aurora, Geneseo and Luther.

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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