William & Mary followed up an excellent regular season with two wins over Virginia Tech at their Conference Championships. W&M entered the rankings at #21, their first ever appearance, while Virginia Tech continued a downward trend to #22.
Massachusetts dropped two spots, and now sit right behind the Brown team that beat them 15-11 at South New England Conferences.
Michigan’s double game point loss to Michigan State in the Michigan Conference Championship game sent them back out of the rankings. Along with NC State’s loss to UNC Charlotte and their corresponding six position decline top #20, a group of teams saw a nice bump.
Western Washington and Victoria both earned some points at the Cascadia Conference Championships. WWU defeated Washington, while UVic played tight with the top teams and beat UBC.
Colorado State moved up six spots to #18, parking them right in front of the Colorado team they topped to win the Rocky Mountain Conference Championship, 10-9.
Emory’s two losses to Kennesaw State ended their brief stint in the top 25, while LSU was dinged for a loss to Alabama, but hold in the top 25 since they avenged that loss.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
Dropped from rankings:Claremont (18), Army West Point (21)
Some movement in the top 4, as dominant showings from Bryant and Middlebury at Conferences moved them over Whitman, who picked up a surprise loss to Portland.
John Brown jumped four places after an undefeated showing at Conferences and some struggles from the teams above them.
Bates and Bowdoin rose and fell, respectively, to reflect their split record at Conferences. Bates got the edge on point differential.
Colorado College fell seven spots after their surprise loss to Colorado School of Mines at Rocky Mountain Conferences.
Wesleyan made the leap over RPI after winning the head-to-head at the Hudson Valley Conference Championships.
Shippensburg returned to the rankings right below a rising Oberlin, who looked strong while winning Ohio Conferences.
Puget Sound rose above their northwest rivals, Portland and Pacific Lutheran, after beating both in consecutive games at NW Confregionals to qualify for Nationals.
Army and Claremont both dropped out of the rankings after disappointing showings the past two weekends. Army failed to qualify for Regionals, getting blown out 15-8 by Marist in the game-to-go, while Claremont lost to Occidental 12-11 in the championship game at SW Confregionals.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
Dropped from rankings:Dickinson (20), Colby (22), Claremont (23)
With very few results this regular season, Rice flew under the radar. But their victory at South Central Confregionals qualified them for Nationals and earned them the #9 slot in their 2018 rankings debut.
RPI handily upset Wesleyan and Skidmore at Eastern Metro East D-III Conferences and they jump to #8. Anybody who thinks they are a low-level team is probably dumb.
Middlebury finished 3rd at their Conference Championships and fell 11 spots, dropping from top 10 to #20.
John Brown failed to qualify for Nationals and fell 16 spots to the bottom five of the top 25. Truman State didn’t drop quite as far, but also lost ground at the same event.
Mount Holyoke’s win over Amherst and Lehigh’s success to start the Series flipped the pair ahead of Amherst and Georgia College in a reshuffling of spots 4-7.
Pacific Lutheran gained four spots after getting good results against Lewis & Clark and in a close loss to Puget Sound, while Oberlin jumped five spots following a dominant Conference Championship performance where they won all of their games by 8 or more goals.
Swarthmore and Catholic University cracked the top 25 again. Swarthmore reentered at #18 after a 3-1 showing at Conferences, while Catholic bounced back from a rough start to the Series to claim the Atlantic Coast’s lone ticket to Nationals.
Dickinson, Colby, and Claremont all fell from the rankings. Claremont was inactive, but Dickson and Colby did not impress with their Conference Championship results.
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