IWLCA Poll for Women's Division III - March 25th

The Trinity Bantams held on to the No. 1 spot in the IWLCA poll for a fifth consecutive week, but the Salisbury Sea Gulls continued to edge closer as the CAC school picked up another first-place vote and now sit just two points behind the defending national champions in the rankings.

Three schools broke into the poll this week as RPI, Geneseo, and Washington College come in at Nos. 18, 19 and 20, respectively while the same 10 schools ranked in the top-10 last week remained the same. The NESCAC continues to lead all leagues with seven schools, and the Centennial Conference now has three ranked schools while the Capital Athletic Conference and the SUNYAC both claim two schools in the poll.

The NESCAC's seven schools are led by No. 1 Trinity; Middlebury remains in the top-4 and Colby (No. 6) and Bowdoin (No. 8) both reside in the top-10 as well. Amherst leads off the second half of the poll at No. 11, while Hamilton (No. 14) sits just in front of Tufts (No. 15).

Gettysburg from the Centennial remains at No. 5 and Franklin & Marshall stays in the top-10 at No. 9, and Washington College's addition to the poll at No. 20 gives the league three ranked schools.

Both of the ranked CAC schools are in the top-10; the league is represented by No. 2 Salisbury and No. 10 York.

Cortland from the SUNYAC remains at No. 3 and the Red Dragons are joined by Geneseo, who enters the poll at No. 19.

Six other conferences are represented in the poll, starting with the NJAC as TCNJ remains at No. 6. Susquehanna from the Landmark moves up to No. 11, just in front of No. 13 Ithaca from the Empire 8. Messiah from the Commonwealth Conference sits at No. 16, while Christopher Newport from the USA South claims the No. 17 spot. Poll newcomer RPI from the Liberty League enters at No. 18.

On Tuesday, at top-five match-up takes place as No. 5 Gettysburg hosts No. 4 Middlebury while No. 16 Messiah hosts No. 10 York on the same day. On Wednesday, No. 6 Colby and No. 14 Hamilton meet in a neutral site game at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

Saturday features four games featuring ranked teams, including a top-10 contest in Maine as No. 8 Bowdoin hosts No. 4 Middlebury. Two more NESCAC games include two ranked teams as No. 11:00 a.m.herst welcomes No. 14 Hamilton and top-ranked Trinity hosts No. 15 Tufts. The two SUNYAC schools that are ranked are meeting on Saturday as well as No. 3 Cortland welcomes poll newcomer and No. 19 Geneseo.

This is the fifth weekly poll by the IWLCA for the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on April 3.

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.

2013-03-26



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