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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The top three in the NFCA Division III Top 25 have combined to win their last 14 games and remain unchanged this week, led by Christopher Newport University in the No. 1 spot.

The (18-2) Captains won two more games this past week, after ending two-time reigning national champion Virginia Wesleyan’s run of 25 straight weeks — a total of 720 days — at the top with a head-to-head split on March 24, which secured for them the No. 1 ranking for the first time in school history. Christopher Newport plays a doubleheader today at talented Randolph-Macon, which has two ranked victories this season.

Virginia Wesleyan (23-2) was the one of the Yellow Jackets’ victims two weeks ago, when the Marlins suffered both of their losses this season in a span of four days. The reigning champs quickly returned to form, going 4-0 last week.

East Texas Baptist (27-1), meanwhile, completed a conference sweep of University of the Ozarks on Monday to run its win streak to seven games, and Illinois Wesleyan (13-4) returned to the No. 4 spot, after spending last week at seventh.

Elsewhere, Trine (14-2) continued its climb up the rankings — six more places to No. 11 — after winning its 12th straight, and Moravian (19-3) surged 10 spots to a tie with Rowan (16-6) for 14th, after they extended their victory streaks to 14 and seven games, respectively.

Other teams rolling include No. 19 Rensselaer (16-2), which has won 14 consecutive games, while poll newcomers Birmingham-Southern (23-5) at No. 20 and Piedmont (22-5) at No 25 have each won their last 10. Luther (18-3) has won its last eight to jump back into the Top 25 at 24th.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by eight NCAA Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Current 2019 records are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – April 3, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Points

Previous

1

Christopher Newport (8)

18-2

200

1

2

Virginia Wesleyan

23-2

192

2

3

East Texas Baptist

27-1

184

3

4

Illinois Wesleyan

13-4

176

7

5

Texas Lutheran

21-5

168

8

6

St. Thomas (Minn.)

14-2

160

4

7

Coe

24-3

152

11

8

Lynchburg

25-5

127

6

9

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

22-5

125

T13

10

Linfield

22-4-1

118

15

11

Trine

14-2

104

T17

12

Williams

15-4

102

16

13

Ithaca

10-4-1

101

10

T14

Moravian

19-3

72

24

T14

Rowan

16-6

72

NR

16

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11-5

66

5

17

Manhattanville

18-1

65

12

18

Kean

22-3

62

9

19

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

16-2

59

20

20

Birmingham-Southern

23-5

57

NR

T21

Saint Benedict (Minn.)

14-5

49

21

T21

Tufts

17-3

49

23

23

Wisconsin-Eau Claire

11-3

43

22

24

Luther

18-3

38

RV

25

Piedmont

22-5

35

NR

Others receiving votes: The College of New Jersey 13 and Muskingum 11.

Dropped out: Berry, Calvin, Case Western Reserve, Geneseo, Hope, Millikin, North Central, Pacific, Randolph-Macon, Whitworth, Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

* NOTE: Texas-Tyler is reclassifying to NCAA Division II, and Pfeiffer continues the process of going from Division II to Division III. Neither is eligible for the NCAA Division III Championship.

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