Results at Easterns this past weekend light up the Men’s D-I board, reshuffling the entire Top 15.
For the second straight year, Massachusetts ends the regular season as our top ranked team. A dominant performance in Myrtle Beach moves ZooDisc to the top of the pile for the first time this spring.
The biggest mover this week is Wisconsin, whose third place finish at Easterns — including wins over Pitt an UNC — sees them shoot all the way up to #4.
Michigan also moves up the board after topping their pool at Easterns and unexpectedly earning a spot in the semifinals.
Top 10 teams going in the wrong direction this week are North Carolina, Colorado, Oregon, Wilmington, and Georgia — all picked up multiple losses on the weekend and only UNC made the championship bracket.
Despite a quarterfinal loss to MagnUM, Cal Poly SLO did enough to solidify their strength bid for the Southwest; they move up five spots and slide in just ahead of regional rival Stanford.
At the back end of the board, three new squads join the rankings this week. Purdue and Auburn both had mostly solid weekends at Huck Finn to squeeze into the Top 25. Harvard certainly looked better at Easterns than they did earlier in the spring, but they have a mountain to climb in New England with only one bid to Cincinnati and UMass and Tufts standing in their way of a return trip to Nationals.
Rough weekends in Myrtle Beach see UCF, LSU, and Virginia Tech all fall out of the rankings to end the regular season outside the top 25.
Franciscan moves up three spots to finish ranked #1 after an undefeated regular season and dominant performance at CWRUL this past weekend.
Davidson picked up wins over two Top 10 teams at EastUR — Middlebury and Richmond — moving up nine spots to #8. Richmond also took a surprising loss to Navy and falls back to #10.
Skyrocketing from unranked to #11 and #12, Amherst and Shippensburg both finish the regular season on a tear. Amherst held every opponent under double digits during an undefeated run through Layout Pigout; Shippensburg follows up their Steakfest tournament title last weekend with another strong showing at CWRUL.
With an up-and-down weekend at EastUR, Williams endures the biggest drop this week, down to #21. They were blown out by Richmond and also lost to Mary Washington and Elon.
Mary Washington returns to the Top 25 after dropping out of the rankings six weeks ago; they snagged victories over Davidson and WUFO in Richmond.
Oberlin, Georgia College, and Cedarville all fall out of the rankings after poor showings at EastUR, Hundred Acre Wood, and Illinois Invite, respectively.
Crushing the competition in a round robin featuring four ranked New England teams this past weekend, Bowdoin Chaos Theory moves up to #3 and makes their case to be considered the region’s top team. Amherst also moves into the Top 5 after edging Bates for second at the round robin.
Truman State slips down to #9 this week; despite coming in as the tournament’s top seed, TSUnami finished a disappointing fourth in their pool at Illinois Invite, then got blown out by Valparaiso in the quarterfinals.
Lehigh drops out of the rankings with an uneven performance at Garden State 7.
Joining the Top 25 for the first time is SUNY Geneseo, who end their regular season undefeated and may have earned the Metro East a second bid had they played enough games to qualify in the USAU rankings.