Messiah women, Hobart men kick off at No. 1
The first Top 25 Poll from D3soccer.com this season has been released and in the women's poll, the defending national champion Messiah Falcons are starting where they left off in 2009 - in the first position. The Falcons are 2-0 and have returned six All-Conference players from last season.
Hobart College starts the season in the top spot in the Men's Top 25 poll, reflecting their earlier 2-1 defeat of the defending national champion Messiah Falcons. Calvin College, the other 2009 national finalist, comes in at No. 2. Christopher Newport starts their season 3-0 and in the No. 3 position, but received five first place votes. Carnegie-Mellon received two first place votes and enters the poll at No. 4, while Johns Hopkins takes the No. 5 spot at 2-0 in their first week.
Following up in the No. 2 position for the women is The College of New Jersey. The Lions are also undefeated at 3-0 and have not allowed a goal against thus far in the young season. The UAA is represented at No. 3 by the Bears of Washington University at 2-1. ASC member Hardin-Simmons comes in at No. 4, and OAC squad Otterbein round out the top five.
Programs with teams in both polls include Hobart/William Smith, Calvin, Johns Hopkins, Williams, Messiah, Wheaton (Ill.), and Trinity (Tx.).
For the men, Rochester starts the year in the top ten at No. 6, followed by York (Pa.) at No. 7. 2009 Final Four participant Dominican brings Illinois into the top ten at No. 8, Macalester sits at No. 9, and Williams rounds out the top ten.
Messiah starts outside the top ten for the first time in several years at No. 11, Mary-Hardin Baylor continues their strong play from last season with a 2-0 record and a spot at No. 13, while Stevens enters at No. 16. SCAC member DePauw comes in at No. 19, IIAC squad Wartburg sits at No. 21, and Ohio Wesleyan brings up the No. 24 spot - an unfamiliar position for the Bishops.
Back to the women, William Smith stands at No. 6, and Johns Hopkins starts in at No. 7. Williams comes in at No. 8 and will start their season this weekend. The CCIW has two teams in the top ten with Augustana at No. 9, and Wheaton (Ill.) at No. 10. Puget Sound brings the West Coast and the NWC in to the Top 25 with a spot at No. 13, UW-Stevens Points represents the WIAC at No. 15, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps brings California into the mix at No. 18.
Oneonta State begins their season at No. 20, representing the SUNYAC. NESCAC programs Williams, Middlebury, and Amherst, and ODAC program Washington & Lee start their seasons on September 10.
The Week 2 Top 25 Poll will be released on Tuesday, September 13.