IWLCA Poll for Women's Division III - May 7th

The Salisbury Sea Gulls, the only undefeated team in Division I, II or III, remained No. 1 with a clean sweep of all 20 first-place votes. Two schools joined the rankings this week as Elizabethtown moved in at the No. 17 spot while St. John Fisher landed at No. 20.

The NESCAC claimed seven ranked teams, including four in the top-10. The four in the top half of the poll formed a block with Trinity starting the run at No. 5, followed by Middlebury (No. 6), Amherst (No. 7), and Colby (No. 8). Bowdoin dropped to No. 13 and Tufts moved to No. 15 while Hamilton rose two spots to No. 16.

The Capital Athletic Conference boasts four schools, starting with No. 1 Salisbury. York rose up to No. 9, and Mary Washington started off the second half of the poll at No. 11. Stevenson moved to No. 18.

The Commonwealth Conference and the Centennial Conference both have two schools in the poll. Messiah leads the Commonwealth at No. 10; the Falcons are joined in the poll by conference rival Elizabethtown at No. 17. The Centennial is represented by No. 3 Gettysburg and No. 19 Franklin & Marshall.

Five conferences claim one school each. Cortland from the SUNYAC held steady at No. 2, while TCNJ from the NJAC rose to No. 4. Catholic from the Landmark moved up to No. 12, while Washington & Lee also rose one spot to No. 14. St. John Fisher from the Empire 8 moved into the ranking at No. 20.

The NCAA tournament opens up on Wednesday with top-ranked and top-seeded Salisbury receiving a bye. Games on Wednesday between ranked teams include Mary Washington hosting Washington & Lee and TCNJ welcoming Elizabethtown. Other ranked teams playing on Wednesday include Cortland vs. Castleton State, Gettysburg vs. Cabrini, Trinity vs. Bridgewater State, Middlebury against Norwich, and Amherst taking on Keene State. Also on Wednesday, Colby takes on Endicott, York travels to Montclair State, Messiah hosts RPI, Catholic welcomes Christopher Newport, and St. John Fisher goes on the road to Fredonia.

The IWLCA poll has no bearing on the selection or seeding in the NCAA tournament.

This is the eleventh weekly poll by the IWLCA for the 2012 season; the final poll will be released on May 28.

The rankings are available at IWLCA Division III Poll. This link as well as those to other polls can be found on the Polls page.

2012-05-08



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