IWLCA Poll for Women's Division III - March 4th

The Trinity Bantams held on to the first spot in the second weekly poll released by the IWLCA, picking up 19 of the 20 first-place votes to sit solidly atop the rankings. The NESCAC school leads a group of seven institutions from that conference in the weekly poll, four of whom sit in the top-eight.

Eight other conferences are represented in the national rankings, including the Capital Athletic Conference, which boasts of three schools in the top-20. The Centennial Conference, Empire 8, and Landmark Conference also have two schools recognized in this week's poll.

The NESCAC's seven schools are led by Trinity at No. 1, with Middlebury just outside the top-four at No. 5. Colby comes in at No. 7, just ahead of No. 8 Amherst. Bowdoin moves to No. 13, just ahead of Tufts, who moved up to No. 14. Hamilton also rose one spot to land at No. 16 this week. The CAC's Salisbury remains at No. 2, while York starts off the second half of the poll at No. 11. Mary Washington falls to No. 18.

The Centennial, Empire 8, and Landmark conferences each have two institutions in the poll. Both of the Centennial schools reside in the top-10, led by Gettysburg at No. 4 and followed by Franklin & Marshall, who breaks into the top-10 this week at No. 9. The Empire 8's St. John Fisher moves up one spot to land at No. 15, while Ithaca also moves up one spot to No. 17. Susquehanna joins the poll this week, coming in at No. 20, giving the Landmark two schools as Catholic stays in the rankings, moving to No. 12.

The four remaining ranked schools represent four different conferences, starting with Cortland from the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons remain at No. 3 for the second week. TCNJ also holds their position from last week, as the NJAC school remains at No. 6. Messiah from the Commonwealth Conference closes out the top half of the poll as the Falcons move back into the top-10, landing at No. 10. Christopher Newport from the USA South remains in the poll and holds their No. 19 spot.

Four games take place between ranked teams this Saturday, March 9, including three top-10 tilts. No. 8 Amherst hosts No. 7 Colby in a key NESCAC match while No. 10 Messiah welcomes No. 6 TCNJ on the same date. No. 9 Franklin & Marshall also hosts a top-10 team as No. 3 Cortland comes to town on Saturday. Another NESCAC game between two top-20 teams also takes place on Saturday as No. 16 Hamilton welcomes No. 14 Tufts.

This is the second weekly poll by the IWLCA for the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on March 12.

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.


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