IWLCA Poll for Women's Division III - March 11th

The Trinity Bantams remained in first place in the IWLCA poll for week 3, holding on to 19 of the 20 first-place votes. The same 20 schools that were ranked last week return to the rankings this week, with the top seven spots staying the same.

The NESCAC continues to lead all conferences with seven schools, while seven other conferences are represented in the remaining 13 spots. The Capital Athletic Conference has three schools in the top-20, including No. 2 Salisbury. 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 top-ranked Trinity, with Middlebury staying just outside the top-four at No. 5. Colby remains at No. 7, while Amherst stays in the top-10, landing at No. 9. Bowdoin starts off the second half of the poll at No. 11, with Hamilton also rising and coming in right behind Bowdoin at No. 12. The Tufts Jumbos are also ranked at No. 18.

The CAC's Salisbury holds steady at No. 2, while York moves back into the top-10 at No. 10. Mary Washington rounds out the poll at No. 20.

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 rises one spot to No. 8.

The Empire 8's St. John Fisher moves up one spot for the second consecutive week to sit at No. 14, while Ithaca stands right behind at No. 15. Catholic from the Landmark moves to No. 13, and Susquehanna moves up to No. 17.

The four remaining ranked schools represent four different conferences, starting with Cortland from the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons remain at No. 3 for the third week. TCNJ also holds their position from last week, as the NJAC school remains at No. 6. Messiah from the Commonwealth Conference slips to No. 16, while Christopher Newport from the USA South holds at No. 19.

On Wednesday, a top-three match-up takes place in Lancaster, Pa. as No. 2 Salisbury faces No. 3 Cortland in a neutral-site game hosted by Franklin & Marshall. Three other top-20 games also take place on Wednesday, as No. 16 Messiah travels to face No. 20 Mary Washington, No. 10 York hosts No. 13 Catholic, and No. 4 Gettysburg meets No. 15 Ithaca in Clermont, Fla.

On Thursday, the No. 15 Bombers face a second consecutive top-20 opponent as they take on No. 8 F&M in Florida. Saturday features a host of games, including a pair of top-10 tilts as the No. 3 Red Dragons continue their top-10 slate when they take on No. 6 TCNJ in New Jersey and No. 11 Bowdoin hosts No. 9 Amherst.

This is the third weekly poll by the IWLCA for the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on March 19.

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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