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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A clear-cut top two headlines this week’s NFCA Division III Top 25, with top-ranked Texas-Tyler in the same spot it’s been all season and Emory the unanimous choice at No. 2 for the third straight week.

The (23-2) Patriots continue to roll through the division, topping the poll for the sixth consecutive week, and fifth time unanimously, following a three-game American Southwest Conference sweep of Texas-Dallas, and the (31-1) Eagles went 6-0 this past week to strengthen their hold on second. Meanwhile, a 4-0 week leapfrogged Texas Lutheran (24-1) past Christopher Newport (17-2), which went 3-1, including a home split with No. 9 Salisbury (17-4).

Prior to starting its three-game conference series with Texas-Tyler, East Texas Baptist (21-4) maintained its No. 5 spot, while Washington University (20-4) and Luther (18-1) remained in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Virginia Wesleyan (17-4), Salisbury and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (20-5-1) round out the top 10.

Three-time defending national champion Tufts (7-4) got on track following a late season debut, going 6-2, but slipped one place to a tie for No. 23 with St. Thomas (11-3), which went 6-0 to return to the top 25 after receiving votes last week.

Wheaton (Mass.) returns to the rankings, while the University of Chicago and Williams are newcomers in the receiving votes section. Lake Forest, Linfield, Ramapo, William Paterson, Wis.-Eau Claire, Wis.-Oshkosh, Wittenberg and Worcester Polytechnic Institute all dropped out this week.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll is selected by Division III head coaches representing the eight NCAA regions. Records through Sunday’s games are listed, with first-place votes in parentheses.

NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll – March 30, 2016

Rank Team 2016 Record Points Previous
1 Texas-Tyler (8) 23-2 200 1
2 Emory 31-1 192 2
3 Texas Lutheran 24-1 183 4
4 Christopher Newport 17-2 169 3
5 East Texas Baptist 21-4 166 5
6 Washington (Mo.) 20-4 160 6
7 Luther 18-1 157 7
8 Virginia Wesleyan 17-4 136 10
9 Salisbury 17-4 135 9
10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20-5-1 131 12
11 Berry 21-6 116 8
12 St. John Fisher 12-2 99 13
13 Illinois Wesleyan 7-3 97 15
14 Trine 12-6 89 11
15 Alma 15-5 83 16
16 Birmingham-Southern 20-6 77 17
17 Heidelberg 12-2 76 14
T18 Rowan 15-5 68 T20
  St. Catherine 12-0 68 T20
20 Central (Iowa) 12-6 51 18
21 Moravian 15-3 38 19
22 Messiah 15-2 28 T22
T23 St. Thomas (Minn.) 11-3 18 RV
  Tufts 7-4 18 T22
25 Whitworth 17-6 14 24

Others receiving votes: Simpson 11, Wheaton (Mass.) 7, Cortland 6, University of Chicago 4 and Williams 2.

Dropped out: Lake Forest, Linfield, Ramapo, William Paterson, Wis.-Eau Claire, Wis.-Oshkosh, Wittenberg and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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