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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan University claimed its fourth-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title and scored a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 in the NFCA Top 25 Coaches Poll.

The (40-4) Marlins have now won five straight heading into NCAA play after dropping their second game of the ODAC tournament, 3-2, to Randolph-Macon (26-14), which just missed making the Top 25 after receiving votes for the first time since April 3. Virginia Wesleyan defeated the Yellow Jackets twice to win their 12th conference championship overall.

Randolph-Macon now has five ranked victories this season, including beating the top-ranked Marlins twice. They also defeated Christopher Newport (31-6) when the Captains were the No. 1 team earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Williams (31-4) continued its surge up the rankings, moving up another spot this week to second. The Ephs swept two from Smith and three from Wesleyan (Conn.) to run their win streak to 20. East Texas Baptist (36-4) moved up one place as well, following a three-game sweep of McMurry, to also jump ahead of St. Thomas (35-5), which is now fourth.

Linfield (35-6-1), Illinois Wesleyan (29-6), Trine (30-4), Birmingham-Southern (34-5), Christopher Newport and Moravian (31-5) round out an unanimous first 10 for the committee this week.

Elsewhere, familiar face Central (24-8) jumped back into the mix at No. 22 this week, while poll regulars Randolph-Macon and Muskingum (31-9) are back receiving votes.

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 – May 1, 2019

Rank

Team

2019 Record

Points

Previous

1

Virginia Wesleyan (8)

40-4

200

1

2

Williams

31-4

192

3

3

East Texas Baptist

36-4

184

4

4

St. Thomas (Minn.)

35-5

176

2

5

Linfield

35-6-1

168

5

6

Illinois Wesleyan

29-6

160

T6

7

Trine

30-4

152

T6

8

Birmingham-Southern

34-5

144

8

9

Christopher Newport

31-6

136

9

10

Moravian

31-5

128

12

11

Texas Lutheran

30-7

114

T13

12

The College of New Jersey

31-6

110

15

13

Kean

35-5

87

T16

14

Ithaca

23-7-1

85

10

15

Manhattanville

37-2

82

T16

16

Thomas More

29-9

65

24

17

Rowan

29-10

61

23

18

DePauw

28-12

47

25

19

Coe

31-8

45

19

20

Geneseo

30-8

37

RV

21

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

25-8-1

36

T16

22

Central (Iowa)

24-8

31

NR

23

Wisconsin-Whitewater

26-10

23

RV

T24

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

30-9

20

11

T24

Southwestern

35-6

20

22

Others receiving votes: Randolph-Macon 19, Emory 18, Endicott 16, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 9, Muskingum 8, Mount Saint Joseph 7, and Wisconsin-Eau Claire 5.

Dropped out: Brandeis, Luther, Lynchburg, Piedmont, and St. Catherine.

* 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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