NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll
Columbus State garnered all eight first-place votes to remain the No. 1 team in the NFCA Division II Top 25 Poll for the third straight week, the association announced Wednesday.
The Cougars enter this week’s South Atlantic Regional as the host school and top seed as CSU leads the final regular season rankings.
Lock Haven, the No. 1 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Regional, remains second ahead of Humboldt State and Angelo State. Minnesota State, Mankato moved up one place to fifth after locking up the No. 1 seed in the North Central Regional.
SIU-Edwardsville jumped eight places after a strong stretch run that included a conference tournament title and the Great Lakes region’s top seed. Alabama-Huntsville jumped back into the poll at No. 7 after an undefeated run to the Gulf South Conference Tournament title clinched a No. 2 seed in the South Regional.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the second seed in the South Atlantic, moved up one place to eighth this week. Emporia State, the second seed in the North Central, also moved up one place this week, coming in at No. 9. LIU-C.W. Post rounded out the top 10 after leaping six places from last week’s poll.
Florida Gulf Coast remained at No. 11, and Cal State Stanislaus followed at No. 12 for the second consecutive week. Midwestern State jumped five notches to 13th after claiming the top seed in the South Central Regional.
Kutztown moved up one place to 14th as it prepares to host the Mid-Atlantic Regional, and Lewis, another regional host this week, dropped eight notches after a pair of losses to SIU-Edwardsville.
Adelphi slipped eight places to 16th following a third-place finish in the East Coast Conference tournament, while Valdosta State dropped out of the top 10 to No. 17 despite snagging the top seed in the South Regional.
St. Mary’s fell four notches to No. 18, coming in ahead of Bloomsburg and Florida Southern who round out the top 20 at Nos. 19 and 20, respectively.
Southwest Minnesota State moved up two places to 21st, while Augusta State slipped a notch to 22nd. Newcomers Gannon and Le Moyne enter the poll at Nos. 23 and 25, respectively, and round out the rankings along with No. 24 UC San Diego.