March 10, 2023 by Ultiworld in Rankings with 0 comments
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D-I Women’s Power Rankings
|10||UC Santa Barbara||-||10|
|12||UC San Diego||-||12|
D-I Women’s Discussion
- No changes this week.
D-I Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Victoria (24)|
|8||Cal Poly SLO||+1||9|
|10||UC Santa Cruz||+7||17|
D-I Men’s Discussion
- We have a new #1: Massachusetts Zoodisc. Undefeated with wins at Florida Warm Up and Smoky Mountain Invite, there’s no room to question their position as the top performer thus far.
- Fellow New England club Vermont Chill might be the week’s biggest winner, vaulting up 11 spots to #4, both on the strength of their semifinal appearance and the struggles of teams in the same tier. The peaks and valleys have both hit hard.
- On the other end, two teams fell double-digit positions. Georgia tanked SMI, winning just a single game, and dropped 15 spots to #22. Just behind them, Wisconsin went 3-3 at Stanford Invite, dropping games to Victoria and UBC and 11 ranks to #23.
- Texas, UC Santa Cruz, and UCLA all bounced seven spots higher into the top 10. UCSC’s win at an odd Stanford Invite established them as a contender for the best in the West unofficial title. Meanwhile, Texas and UCLA both showed high ceilings at Smoky Mountain Invite.
- Washington also moved up seven spots, turning in their first positive performance of the season at Stanford Invite. They were a goal away from upsetting SLO and reaching the final.
- After much internal discussion about the merits of the bottom ranked teams, Victoria fell from the top 25 by a narrow margin. Losses to Utah State and Oregon State have to be concerning after the team went 0-4 against Northwest foes at Stanford Invite.
D-III Women’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Berry (18), Connecticut College (25)|
|6||Haverford and Bryn Mawr||-1||5|
|19||Lewis and Clark||+3||22|
D-III Women’s Discussion
- A top 10 ranking after your debut is about as well as you can start the year, and Winona State did just that. Their return to the rankings, landing at #10, came after dominating the competition on the way to second place at Midwest Throwdown.
- Wellesley entered the top three and Williams the top five after strong showings at No Sleep Till Brooklyn. The Whiptails were awesome in unfavorable conditions, winning the event. Williams’ third place finish show they are capable of winning the always-tough New England region.
- Bates finished fourth at No Sleep Till Brooklyn, losing to Williams, but their victories demonstrated the team’s ability to execute. They bust into the top 25 at #14.
- St. Olaf entered the year with some big expectations attached, and dropped a bit after getting blown out in the Midwest Throwdown semifinal by Wash U. However, two wins over Purdue, a D-I Nationals attendee last year, are ample evidence they are still a dangerous club.
- Berry have yet to play and fell out to make space, as did Connecticut College. Skidmore, another team with no results, went down 11 places to #25.
D-III Men’s Power Rankings
|Dropped from rankings: Scranton (10), Carleton CHOP (20), Grace (23), Union (24), Bates (25)|
|14||Lewis & Clark||-|
D-III Men’s Discussion
- There’s honestly too much to summarize. One-time favorite and #1 Middlebury dropped to #4 after a FCS loss to Richmond, who are now #3.
- Grinnell and Oberlin both flew up into the top 10. A 5-1 Midwest Throwdown serves as Grinnell’s evidence, while Oberlin did one better, going 6-1 at FCS.
- Kenyon’s debut at FCS D-III Tune Up included some clutch wins, but they really made their case by defeating Whitman on their way to a 6-1 record. They crack in at #11.
- After going 3-3 at Midwest Throwdown, Carleton CHOP fell out of the top 25 for the first time in our rankings history. They are 7-10 on the season. Scranton, who have yet to play, join backend clubs Grace, Union, and Bates in making room for new teams.
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