IWLCA Poll for Women's Division III - March 18th

The Trinity Bantams remained in first place in the IWLCA poll for week 4, but Salisbury edged closer to the No. 1 spot as the Sea Gulls picked up six first place votes and held the No. 2 spot. For a third consecutive week, the same 20 schools appear in the IWLCA poll.

The NESCAC continues to lead all conferences with seven schools, while eight 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 for the third straight week.

The NESCAC's seven schools are led by top-ranked Trinity; Middlebury moves up one spot to enter the top-four. Colby improves one spot to sit at No. 6, and Bowdoin moves into the top-10, landing at No. 9. Hamilton starts off the second half of the poll at No. 11, with Amherst sitting right behind the Continentals at No. 12. Tufts also jumps up to land at No. 16.

The CAC's Salisbury holds steady at No. 2, while York holds 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. 5 and followed by Franklin & Marshall, who remains at No. 8. Ithaca from the Empire 8 moves up to No. 14 while St. John Fisher moves to No. 19. The Landmark's Susquehanna rises four spots to end up at No. 13, and Catholic moves to No. 18.

The four remaining ranked schools represent four different conferences, starting with Cortland from the SUNYAC. The Red Dragons remain at No. 3 for the fourth straight week while the NJAC's TCNJ moves down to No. 7. Messiah from the Commonwealth Conference moves up to No. 15, while Christopher Newport from the USA South also jumps, landing at No. 16.

On Wednesday, top-ranked Trinity travels to play No. 18 Catholic, while No. 15 Messiah hosts No. 8 Franklin & Marshall. Thursday sees a top-10 meeting as No. 5 Gettysburg welcomes No. 7 TCNJ. On Friday, a NESCAC match between top-20 schools takes place as No. 11 Hamilton hosts No. 9 Bowdoin. Saturday features a top-10 tilt between No. 8 Franklin & Marshall and No. 2 Salisbury in Lancaster.

This is the fourth weekly poll by the IWLCA for the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on March 26.

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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