Welcome Emory! After about as good a 1-4 Stanford Invite as you could have, they absolutely obliterated the field at Huck Finn, winning the tournament despite playing without Anders Olsen, one of their top playmakers, on Sunday.
It was also a big bounceback weekend for two former top 25 teams, Auburn and Michigan. Auburn, especially, returned to form after a woeful Warm Up. Eric Sjostrom’s return was gladly welcomed for the defending Southeast champs.
Massachusetts returned to the top 10 with an appearance in the final where they lost soundly to Carleton. But wins over Pittsburgh and Minnesota plant UMass back in the National semifinals conversation.
Big falls this week for the notable underperformers at Easterns: UNC Wilmington, Minnesota, Cal Poly SLO, and Virginia Tech. SLO’s got a built-in excuse: they were shorthanded. But the other three teams looked shaky after strong starts to the season. Most should still comfortably make Nationals, but can they rebound to their previous highs?
Bowdoin makes a huge 14-spot jump after going 6-1 at the New England Open with their only loss coming to #3 ranked Bryant on double game point.
Bates returns to and RPI debuts in the top 25 this week after strong showing at NEO. Bates went 6-1, losing to Penn in quarters but sweeping up the 5th place bracket. RPI went 4-3 with a big loss to Bates but a win over Wesleyan.
John Brown moves into the top 10 after going 5-2 at Huck Finn with quality wins and close losses to Harvard and Chicago.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
Dropped from rankings:Swarthmore (20), Brandeis (25)
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