IWLCA 2013 Preseason Poll for Division III

The Trinity Bantams, the reigning national champions, open the 2013 season where they left off from 2012-on top of the rankings. The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) claims seven of the top-20 schools, including four in the top-10. The Capital Athletic Conference boasts three ranked schools, including two in the top-10, while the Centennial, Middle Atlantic, and Empire 8 conferences each have two institutions in the preseason IWLCA poll.

The NESCAC's seven schools are led by Trinity at No. 1, with Middlebury just outside the top-four at No. 5. Colby (No. 7) just edges out Amherst (No. 8), while Bowdoin starts the season at No. 12. Tufts comes in at No. 16, with Hamilton two spots behind at No. 18.

Salisbury's No. 2 ranking leads the Capital Athletic Conference, and York starts the season inside the top-10 at No. 9. Mary Washington also sits in the top-20, coming in at No. 13.

The Centennial, Middle Atlantic, and Empire 8 each have two schools ranked. Gettysburg from the Centennial starts at No. 4, with Franklin & Marshall starting at No. 14. Messiah from the MAC closes out the top half of the poll at No. 10, and Elizabethtown begins the season at No. 19. From the Empire 8, St. John Fisher leads the way at No. 17 while Ithaca rounds out the poll at No. 20.

The four remaining ranked schools represent four different conferences, starting with Cortland from the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons start the season at No. 3 while the TCNJ Lions from the NJAC comes in at No. 6. Catholic from the Landmark starts the second half of the poll at No. 11 and the ODAC's Washington & Lee sits at No. 15.

The NESCAC's eight schools include five in the top-10, led by Bowdoin at No. 4. Hamilton then starts a formidable block

This is the preseason poll by the IWLCA for the 2013 season; the first regular-season poll will be released on February 25.

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.

2013-02-05



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