A la Danny Ainge, the D-I Men stood pat last weekend while movement swirled around them. After a great reshuffling occurred thanks to Warm Up and Presidents’ Day Invite, most of the division took the weekend off. The drought won’t last long, though.
Virginia Hydra and Pittsburgh Danger took the biggest hit this week after both teams faltered at Commonwealth Cup this weekend. Virginia lost to North Carolina Pleiades in the finals, while Pittsburgh — without Linda Morse — lost to UNC in the semifinals. In turn, UNC rose from #17 to #14.
Georgia Tech finally falls all the way out of the rankings after accumulating more disappointing results at Joint Summit. While the poor showing at Luminous a few weeks ago could be explained away because they sent basically a B team, losses to Clemson and NC State in South Carolina continue a troubling trend for the once SE favorites.
Victoria moves into the rankings at #25 to take Wreck’s spot.
College D-III Men's Power Rankings:
Dropped from rankings:Messiah (17), Mary Washington (25)
Bryant finally kicked off their spring season, easily taking care of business at their home tournament to solidify their spot at #4.
A dominant 6-0 performance at Music City Tune Up moves Alabama-Huntsville into the top 10.
Williams WUFO keep trending up and their second place finish at Bring the Huckus sees them rise to #11.
High Point Bagheera and UNC-Asheville are now sitting right next to each other at #13 and #14 respectively. High Point edged the Bulldogs in the Music City semifinals, though UNC-A otherwise had a very strong weekend in Nashville.
Georgia College, the preseason #1, keeps sliding down the rankings; their 11-5 loss to Alabama at the Bama Secs Invite looks much worse after Alabama’s middling performance at Music City.
Bentley ticks up to #19 this week; like everyone else, they too were mauled by Bryant, but ran over the rest of the competition in Rhode Island.
After a winless Queen City Tune-Up, a 7-0 record at Market Crash over several D-I squads sees Davidson enter the rankings at #24.
#25 Union came away with a 4-3 record at Music City Tune Up, but their only losses came in close games to #8 UAH, #14 UNCA, and D-I Alabama.
Messiah and Mary Washington fall out of the rankings this week. The Falcons took some pretty bad losses at Bring the Huckus.
College D-III Women's Power Rankings:
Dropped from rankings:Messiah (23), Lewis and Clark (24)
Williams wins their first tournament of the spring, amassing a 7-0 record at Bring the Huckus; with more quality wins than Rice, they edge ahead of Torque to the #3 spot.
Amherst Sparkle Motion is the biggest mover this week, moving up to #8 as they beat two other top 15 ranked teams in Bowdoin and Haverford, and taking home 3rd place at Bring the Huckus.
Bowdoin easily handled Haverford and moves up to #12.
Wellesley enters the rankings at #21 on the strength of a 5-3 showing at Bring the Huckus, including a win over Swarthmore and a close loss to Haverford.
North Georgia, a team really in their first full season, lands in the top 25 at the last spot, quite an achievement. They have three wins over D-I teams, and should prove a tough test for Georgia College in the Southeast.
Lewis & Clark fall out of the rankings after getting crushed by Portland — who destroyed everyone really — at PLU BBQ.