November 2, 2011

NCAA releases final weekly regional rankings

Another week has passed and we are now a mere week from the start of the NCAA tournament and just days away from selection Sunday.  The men's and women's committees have released the third and final weekly pre-tournament regional rankings to give us a look at how they see the teams stacking up within their respective regions.  These rankings are based on the same criteria that the committees will use to make at-large tournament selections and thus give us a good indication of who is best positioned to get an invite if they do not claim an automatic berth via their conference championship.

On the men's side we the big gainers this week were Trinty (Conn.), up three spots from No. 0 to No. 6 in New England; Johns Hopkins jumping into the rankings at No. 5 in the Mid-Atlantic; and going the other direction, Gustavus Adolphus dropping from No. 4 to No. 7 in the North region.  All but one No. 1 from last week held firm, the exception Washington U. giving way to Dominican who leaped over North Park as well to go top.  The big surprise of the week is UW-Whitewater at 11-7-0 entering the North region rankings at No. 6 ahead of the falling Gustavus Adolphus who's tie with Macalester last week was costlier than they could have imagined.  The only explanation is Whitewater's 0.571 in-region strength-of-schedule (SOS), one of the highest, because their 0-3-0 record against regionally ranked teams isn't what got them ranked.  Conversely, Pacific Lutheran, at 15-1-0 in-region, continues to be shunned in the West due to their low 0.457 SOS. They have already clinched the NWC title and automatic tournament berth by going 12-1-0 in conference, and thus do not need to worry as their have kept their fate out of the committee's hands. 

Lile the men, seven of eight No. 1 ranked women's teams remained in the top spot for another week.  Ohio Northern yielded the top spot in the Great Lakes region, swapping places with previous No. 2 Case Western.  Carleton made the highest debut, popping up at No. 5 in the North where the biggest slide of the week occurred with UW-Stout landing at No. 8 after a week in the fourth slot.  MIT was big climber, jumping from No. 10 to No. 6 in New England.  The East region had the most movement with NYU up three to No. 4 and Ithaca up two to No. 2 along with two new faces at the bottom.  Three new teams made the Mid-Atlantic rankings lead by Arcadia at No. 6.

Men's Rankings - Nov. 2

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NEW ENGLAND REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 Amherst 12-1-2
2 Babson 14-1-2
3 Wesleyan 10-2-3
4 Western New England 16-3-1
5 Williams 9-3-3
6 Trinity (Conn.) 9-4-2
7 Middlebury 8-3-4
8 Brandeis 11-5-1
9 Tufts 9-4-2
10 Roger Williams 11-3-5
11 Springfield 9-4-3
EAST REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 St. Lawrence 14-0-0
2 Hobart 14-2-0
3 Stevens 13-2-0
4 Brockport State 11-2-1
5 Rochester 8-4-1
6 Oneonta State 12-2-1
7 Nazareth 9-6-0
8 Rochester Tech 9-6-2
9 Vassar 10-4-1
MID-ATLANTIC REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 Messiah 14-0-0
2 DeSales 13-3-0
3 Manhattanville 14-3-0
4 Swarthmore 11-5-0
5 Johns Hopkins 10-4-3
6 Catholic 13-3-1
7 Dickinson 9-4-4
SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 Christopher Newport 14-0-0
2 Rutgers-Camden 14-2-2
3 Montclair State 13-1-3
4 Oglethorpe 15-3-0
5 William Paterson 12-3-3
6 Salisbury 11-2-3
7 Roanoke 12-5-1
GREAT LAKES REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 Ohio Wesleyan 15-0-0
2 Ohio Northern 15-2-2
3 Baldwin-Wallace 15-3-0
4 Case Western Reserve 13-4-0
5 DePauw 14-2-0
6 Allegheny 11-6-1
7 Centre 10-5-2
CENTRAL REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 Dominican 16-2-0
2 Washington U. 12-3-1
3 North Park 9-2-3
4 Calvin 12-3-1
5 Hope 11-4-3
6 Trine 12-4-2
NORTH REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 St. Olaf 14-3-1
2 Loras 14-2-2
3 Luther 12-2-2
4 Augsburg 10-4-3
5 Carleton 11-5-2
6 UW-Whitewater 11-7-0
7 Gustavus Adolphus 13-1-3
WEST REGION - Men
Rank School In-Region
1 Trinity (Texas) 14-0-2
2 Redlands 17-2-0
3 Texas-Tyler 11-2-1
4 Texas-Dallas 12-2-2
5 Chapman 10-2-2
6 Hardin-Simmons 10-3-2

 

Source: NCAA.com, Men's Soccer Division III Regional Rankings

Women's Rankings - Nov. 2

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NEW ENGLAND REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Amherst 15-0-0
2 Middlebury 11-3-1
3 Williams 10-2-2
4 Springfield 13-3-1
5 Wheaton (Mass.) 15-2-3
6 MIT 12-3-2
7 Worcester State 12-4-1
8 Westfield State 13-3-1
9 Tufts 7-4-4
10 Babson 11-3-2
11 Wesleyan 9-5-1
12 Keene State 13-7-0
EAST REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 William Smith 12-0-1
2 Ithaca 10-2-3
3 Skidmore 12-5-0
4 New York University 10-6-0
5 Stevens 12-3-2
6 Cortland State 12-4-1
7 Geneseo State 13-4-1
8 Nazareth 8-3-4
MID-ATLANTIC REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Messiah 12-0-1
2 Johns Hopkins 15-0-0
3 Misericordia 11-3-2
4 Scranton 11-3-3
5 Lebanon Valley 11-4-3
6 Eastern 11-5-2
7 Gettysburg 11-6-0
8 Swarthmore 11-5-0
SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Emory 12-0-1
2 Lynchburg 16-2-1
3 Rowan 13-2-0
4 Virginia Wesleyan 14-2-0
5 New Jersey 10-2-2
6 Roanoke 14-4-1
7 Washington and Lee 12-3-2
8 Stevenson 12-4-3
9 Birmingham-Southern 10-4-2
GREAT LAKES REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Case Western Reserve 12-3-2
2 Ohio Northern 15-0-1
3 Carnegie Mellon 9-5-0
4 Centre 12-3-2
5 Ohio Wesleyan 10-3-4
6 Allegheny 10-4-3
7 Earlham 11-5-1
CENTRAL REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Wheaton (Ill.) 15-1-1
2 Washington U. 12-4-0
3 Illinois Wesleyan 12-2-1
4 Chicago 8-5-2
5 Kalamazoo 12-6-1
6 Elmhurst 13-3-1
NORTH REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Wartburg 14-1-2
2 Loras 14-1-1
3 Concordia-Moorhead 11-2-5
4 UW-Whitewater 11-4-1
5 Carleton 11-5-2
6 UW-Eau Claire 9-6-3
7 St. Thomas 9-6-2
8 UW-Stout 10-4-1
WEST REGION - Women
Rank School In-Region
1 Trinity (Texas) 16-0-0
2 Hardin-Simmons 15-1-0
3 Cal Lutheran 19-1-0
4 Puget Sound 12-3-2
5 Redlands 10-5-0
6 Texas-Dallas 11-3-0

 

Source: NCAA.com, Women's Soccer Division III Regional Rankings

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