Plus, a look at the perceived biggest strengths for each ranked D-I team.
March 25, 2022 by Ultiworld in Rankings with 0 comments
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D-I Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Dartmouth (21)|
|3||UC Santa Barbara||-||3|
|4||UC San Diego||-||4|
D-I Women’s Discussion
- Thanks to a surprise win at Centex this past weekend, Florida State rockets up into the Top 10 for the first time in program history. They’ve been building an undefeated record all spring, but finally have some quality wins over ranked opposition to bolster their standing.
- Centex semifinal losers Tufts and Texas each slip three spots this week, down to #11 and #18 respectively.
- Dartmouth‘s tough weekend in Austin — taking a loss to Michigan and getting blown out by both Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech — has them fall out of the Top 25, replaced by fellow New Englanders Brown, who won Jersey Devil, building off a one-loss performance at Commonwealth Cup last month.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Wisconsin (23), Florida (25)|
|7||Cal Poly SLO||-||7|
D-I Men’s Discussion
- While they couldn’t compete in the elimination rounds, Brigham Young were clearly the best team at Missouri Loves Company, earning their way back into the Top 5 with a dominant run through five games.
- It seems each week we’re stuck reshuffling the immensely deep deck of contenders out of New England, as six teams from the region now populate our Top 25. This week’s most impressive performers were MLC champions Northeastern — who climb into the Top 10 — though don’t sleep on the tournament final run by McGill at Centex. It’s a first-ever showing for the Montreal-based school in our Power Rankings, and only further complicates the picture for who can escape New England. Vermont somehow lose ground despite a decent performance in Columbia, notching victories over Carleton and Minnesota before coming out on the wrong end of a double game point semifinal against Michigan. Magnum rebound back to #11, a position they held earlier this season.
- The biggest drop this week belongs to Minnesota, who came up short against BYU, Northeastern, and Vermont at MLC. At least they retained regional favorite status with a win over rivals Carleton. The third heavyweight program in the North Central, Wisconsin, fall out of the Top 25 this week after a late drop from MLC and look set to enter the Series without a single competitive result on their 2022 ledger.
- In addition to McGill at #24, Purdue enter the back end of the Top 25 by dint of their win at Midwest Throwdown a few weeks back, taking the place of former #25 Florida, who dropped a trio of games at Centex to unranked opposition.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
|7||Haverford and Bryn Mawr||-2||5|
D-III Women’s Discussion
- Wellesley put together a fantastic weekend at Jersey Devil, picking up four wins over ranked opposition to fly up 14 spots to #6 this week, just ahead of a Haverford & Bryn Mawr side with whom they split a pair of games in Vineland.
- Elsewhere at Jersey Devil, Swarthmore split a pair of games with Rochester, who both slot in ahead of Catholic, who slide five spots thanks to their loss to EZ Women.
- Despite not playing any D-III opponents, Rice had a nice weekend in Centex’s Tier 2, going 4-3 and earning a slight bump in our Top 25.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Mary Washington (18)|
|9||Sul Ross State||-||9|
|23||Army West Point||+1||24|
D-III Men’s Discussion
- Middlebury strengthened their grip on the top spot in our rankings thanks to their tournament win at Southerns. Carleton CHOP only lost a single game in Statesboro, though unfortunately did not match up with any D-III opposition. Still, the strong weekend bumped them into the Top 10.
- Defending national champs Oklahoma Christian laid down a marker that their reign may not be over just yet. In their first action of the spring, they held their own amidst a strong D-I field at Centex, picking up wins over recent D-I Nationals attendees Iowa, Central Florida, and UC Santa Barbara. They don’t overtake Middlebury for #1 this week, but they slide up to #2 and are breathing down the Pranksters’ necks.
- On the other end of the spectrum, Mary Washington had a weekend to forget at the Oak Creek Invite. A 2-4 record including a loss to Shippensburg sees Mother of George slide from #18 all the way out, replaced by Williams who had a similar record at the tournament but did manage a win over Cornell.
Read below for writeups on each team in our D-I Top 25 Power Rankings!
March Madness has a way of drawing in even casual college basketball fans to find a rooting interest, whether its the season’s Cinderella run or simply for the sake of their office pool bracket. While the nation’s top ultimate teams aren’t locked in a similar nationwide single-elimination tournament this month, as the regular season enters its final stretch, it’s as good a time as any to pick some favorites that you’ll be rooting on when the Series kicks off in a few weeks. We’ve typed up reasons why someone could get behind each of our ranked D-I teams.
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