Plus, a look at the potential Achilles heel for each ranked D-I team.
April 1, 2022 by Ultiworld in Rankings with 0 comments
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D-I Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: SUNY Binghamton (24), Brown (25)|
|2||UC Santa Barbara||+1||3|
|8||UC San Diego||-4||4|
D-I Women’s Discussion
- Results from Northwest Challenge rearrange the Top 10 this week. While North Carolina strengthened their grip on the top spot, a much improved Colorado and spring debutante British Columbia climb into the top 5 with strong results in Seattle, replacing Washington and UC San Diego who fall out going the other direction.
- Western Washington also showed a lot of improvement from earlier season results, climbing five spots after a quarterfinal appearance at the spring’s final elite showdown.
- Returning to the Power Rankings this week are both Ohio and Virginia. The former knocked off a slipping Georgia in the final of Rodeo, while the latter played well in Seattle against top programs, despite not earning many victories. They replace SUNY Binghamton and Brown, who fall off the bottom of the board.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
|7||Cal Poly SLO||-||7|
D-I Men’s Discussion
- With no Top 25 teams in action this weekend, the D-I Men’s Power Rankings are unchanged heading into big showdowns at Easterns and Northwest Challenge.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Swarthmore (16), Ithaca (23), Bates (24), Truman State (25)|
|8||Haverford and Bryn Mawr||-1||7|
D-III Women’s Discussion
- As more D-III women’s teams record their first competitive results of the spring, we’re seeing plenty of squads impress compared to our preseason expectations. Four teams that made their 2022 debuts this past weekend have entered the Top 25, led by Mount Holyoke who sit at #7 thanks to a run to the final at Garden State, including wins over Swarthmore and Haverford & Bryn Mawr. Amherst and Skidmore join the Power Rankings at #13 and #14 after both picking up wins over ranked D-III opposition at New York Invite to kick off their springs. Lastly, the Berry women make their first ever Power Rankings appearance thanks to a 3rd place finish at Needle in a Ho Stack.
- These inclusions come at the expense of Swarthmore — who had a rough weekend at Garden State — and the previous bottom three of Ithaca, Bates, and Truman State. Bates sat idle this week, Ithaca managed a second place finish at New York Invite though lost all three of their matchups with D-III opponents, and Truman State put together just a middling performance at the low-scoring Old Capital Open.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: North Park (19), Amherst (24)|
|9||Sul Ross State||-||9|
|22||Army West Point||+1||23|
D-III Men’s Discussion
- We have a new #1 this week, which is really just the return of an old #1. Thanks to St. Olaf‘s upset of Middlebury in the final of Rodeo, Oklahoma Christian retake the top spot despite sitting idle this week. While those three shuffle at the top, the rest of the Top 10 remain in tact.
- Big movers this week include Ithaca and Christopher Newport. Nawshus make an eight-spot jump thanks to a dominant undefeated run through New York Invite, while Skymaul — fresh off a second place finish at Needle in a Ho Stack behind #5 Berry — also slide ahead of a quartet of squads who have still yet to take the field for action this spring.
- Falling out of the Top 25 this week are North Park and Amherst, replaced by a Florida Tech side that crushed the competition at Riddle Rumble and Bowdoin, who finished Layout Pigout with four wins over D-III opposition, though were robbed of a chance to play Williams in the final who had to forfeit through injury.
Read below for writeups on each team in our D-I Top 25 Power Rankings!
By this point in the spring, nearly every team in our D-I Top 25s has picked up at least one loss on the season, proving the parity across the division this year — and exposing possible weaknesses for each team. This week, we’re examining each team’s potential Achilles heel, issues they’ll be looking to resolve or solidify in practices and final regular season events ahead of postseason competition to maximize their advancement through the Series.
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