The first weekend of Regionals shifted the rankings.
November 17, 2021 by Keith Raynor in Rankings with 0 comments
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D-I Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Colorado College (25)|
|4||UC Santa Barbara||-||4|
|5||UC San Diego||-||5|
D-I Women’s Discussion
- After claiming a bid to Nationals with a third place showing at Southwest Regionals, UC Davis jumped up into the top ten with their impressive performance. They earned two wins, including a 14-6 beatdown, over UCLA while playing competitively against the top teams. UCLA had the largest negative move of the week given those results, plus blowout losses to UCSD and Stanford, the latter of whom they split with. Stanford also dropped a couple of spots, mostly due to their loss to UCLA.
- Vermont won their first New England championship with a 9-5 win over Tufts, asserting themselves as the region’s premier club for the moment and a potential quarterfinalist. That moved them up to #12.
- While Colorado and Texas both made small climbs after their double game point final, which Colorado won, they brought with them Washington University, the week’s only new entrant. Wash U just barely missed out on Nationals with a 13-12 loss to Texas, and comfortably beat the region’s other quality clubs. Colorado College‘s fourth place finish at South Central Regionals dropped them out of the rankings.
- Ohio was a surprise of the season, qualifying for Nationals, but gave us an unflattering unexpected result: an 8-6 loss to Pennsylvania in the bracket that left Ohio in third place. They crushed UPenn in pool play, though, so their fall is a small one.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: UT Dallas (15), Tulane (24)|
|9||Cal Poly SLO||-||9|
|16||UC San Diego||-|
|20||UC Santa Barbara||-1||19|
D-I Men’s Discussion
- Your weekly winner: the Wisconsin Hodags. They claimed the longest Nationals-qualification streak with 21 while finishing second in the North Central, beating both Iowa State and Minnesota. Up they go to #15!
- UC San Diego was one of the weekend’s surprise qualifiers, surviving a challenging Southwest Regional Championship, earing wins over UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, and splitting with UCLA on their way to second place.
- New England Regionals produced some interesting results and some movement in the rankings. Northeastern, who finished second with a narrow 15-14 win over Tufts, moved up one spot and looks like a quarterfinal contender. Meanwhile, Tufts jumped up, for both their close loss to aforementioned Northeastern and a win over Massachusetts, who dropped the most of any team this week after those losses.
- UT Dallas, who got blown out by Colorado State and Texas at South Central Regionals, was dropped from the list. Tulane, who was inactive, was also dropped to remake room for Minnesota. After reflection, we’ve opted to include them and other teams in the rankings who participated in the Series despite not intended to accept a bid to Nationals. Perhaps Tulane will play their way back in at Southeast Regionals this upcoming weekend.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
D-III Women’s Discussion
- With their incredible Sunday run, Brandeis jumped from the back of the rankings to the top 10, landing at #7. That mirrors them rising from a winless bottom seed to second place finisher in the toughest region in the division, New England, with an 11-6 win over Williams and big win over Bates.
- The newly crowned Metro East champion, Rochester, split with Vassar at Regionals, winning 7-6 and losing 10-5, which boosted them seven positions.
- Amherst took a sizable tumble after losses in the New England bracket to Middlebury and Brandeis, and not much to write home about in the win column. But their 14-spot fall was one-upped by Bates, who struggled at Regionals, including losing to Stonehill 7-6. That pushed Bates down 15 places to #24.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Oberlin (8), Colgate (23), Davidson (25)|
|13||Sul Ross State||+2||15|
D-III Men’s Discussion
- Our biggest mover this week is Bryant, who dropped to #24 after compiling a 3-3 record at New England Regionals, with losses to Brandeis, Amherst, and Williams. New entrant, Amherst, added an 11-10 loss to Williams to their split results with Bryant.
- The other newest top 25 teams are both from the Metro East: Rochester and Wesleyan. Both took care of Colgate, while putting up solid results Vassar. Rochester played Vassar to 13-10 in the final, while Wesleyan earned both a win and a loss in the matchup.
- The North Central also fared well in the rankings, with both Carleton CHOP and Luther moving up four spots each. While neither was a match for St. Olaf – whose dominance moved them into the #2 position – they exchanged wins and losses while beating the rest of the field. A one goal Luther win over Michigan Tech was their only other close result at Regionals.
- Fortunes nearly swapped for Colorado College and Missouri S&T at South Central Regionals. Colorado College reached the final, played two close games for Oklahoma Christian, and beat Missouri S&T 11-10 when they faced off. Missouri S&T also split results with Sul Ross State.
- Claremont gained four spots after working over their fellow Southwest Regional denizens in their two-game Confregionals.
- Oberlin fell from the rankings after a disappointing 3-3 at Ohio Valley Regionals, with two losses to Franciscan and a 9-6 loss to Kenyon. It’s a tough close for the Flying Horsecows. Colgate also drops after an underwhelming Regionals, while inactive Davidson was dropped to make room for stronger postseason performers.