NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll
St. Thomas unanimously stayed in the No. 1 position in the latest NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll, the association announced Wednesday.
The Tommies, off to a 41-2 start heading into their postseason quest for a third-straight national title, have been the only No. 1 team in the poll this season while topping the national listing six straight times dating back to the 2005 final poll.
Muskingum jumped up one place to second this week, while Rutgers-Camden moved into third after Ithaca dropped two places to fourth. Wisconsin-Eau Claire moved into the top five as it advanced one place to fifth.
Chapman leaped two places to sixth, while Methodist climbed a pair of spots to seventh. Wartburg fell one place to eighth, while Plattsburgh State made the biggest jump this week with a six-place vault into the top 10 at No. 9. Louisiana College managed to hang in the top 10 at No. 10 after falling five places from two weeks ago.
Rowan dropped to No. 11 after sitting in the top 10 the past three weeks. Salisbury dropped one place to 12th, while Williams used a late-season surge to jump into the poll for the first time since the preseason rankings at No. 13. Linfield, and Washington Univ. in St. Louis both dropped this week, rounding out the top 15 at Nos. 14 and 15, respectively.
RPI leaped four places this week to No. 17, occupying the spot occupied by Augustana (Ill.) before it moved up to 16th this week. Ramapo and Hope both emerged in the rankings this week at Nos. 18 and 20, respectively. Roanoke sits between the debuting teams after it fell one place to No. 19.
St. Scholastica moved up two places to 21st, and Redlands dropped one place to 23rd. Rhode Island College debuted in the poll at No. 22, joining Moravian who jumped back into the rankings at No. 24. Illinois Wesleyan rounded out the poll in the No. 25 position.