2018 NCAA Regional Rankings

The NCAA regional rankings are done by the same regional and national committees which will make the at-large selections for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments and the rankings are done by applying the same criteria which is used for making the at-large selections. The rankings are released following the fourth last, third last, and second last weeks prior to the tournament selections being made. Therefore, by design, these rankings are a direct foreshadowing of the at-large selections providing a certain level of transparency to the at-large selection process. It is for this reason that these rankings are so important and meaningful.

All information about the regional rankings is found in the Division III Soccer Pre-Championship Manual. Much of what follows highlights, summarizes, or quotes the manual.

Ranking Committees

The NCAA regional rankings are done by the eight-member NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Soccer Committees which are each composed of the chairs of their respective regional advisory committees. The Regional Advisory Committees assist the national committee in evaluating teams.  These are the same national and regional committees which will make the Pool B and Pool C at-large selections for the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. The members of these committees can be found on pages 9-13 of the Pre-Championship Manual.

Release Dates

As per the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 13-14 and 18-19), the rankings will be released on the following dates which correspond to the last three Wednesdays prior to the tournament selections being made and the Monday that the at-large selections and tournament fields are announced:

• Wednesday, October 17

• Wednesday, October 24

• Wednesday, October 31

• Monday, November 5

Like the USC and D3Soccer.com rankings, they are based on results through the Sunday prior to their release.

Where to find the Rankings

The rankings are posted by the NCAA on their Division III men's and women's soccer webpages under "Rankings" where you must select the "Regional Rankings" option from the pull-down menu.  They are also conveniently available here on our site from the “Rankings” pull-down menu above or by clicking on the following links:

Men's Regional Rankings

Women's Regional Rankings

Size of the Rankings

The number of teams ranked differs from region to region and from men to women based on the number of eligible teams in each region. The top 16 percent of eligible teams (or a minimum of four) are ranked by the committees. As per the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 18-19), the number of teams to be ranked in 2018 is as follows:

Men's Rankings

New England Region—12

East Region—8

Mid-Atlantic Region—10

South Atlantic Region—8

Great Lakes Region—8

Central Region—7

North Region—7

West Region—6

 

Women's Rankings

New England Region—12

East Region—8

Mid-Atlantic Region—9

South Atlantic Region—9

Great Lakes Region—8

Central Region—6

North Region—8

West Region—6

Except for one more men's team being ranked in the Central Region, these are the same numbers as last year. The regional alignments, school sponsorship, and eligibility by region can be found in Appendices B and C (“Men's Sponsorship” and "Women's Sponsorship, respectively) of the Pre-Championship Manual (pgs. 29-45).

Ranking Criteria

The rankings are done by applying the same criteria which is used for making the at-large tournament selections. The at-large selection criteria are found in Section 2.4 of the Pre-Championship Manual (pg. 22). The criteria is divided between primary and secondary criteria, the latter only being considered if the former does not enable a distinction to be made between schools.  Note: the Non-Division III Strength of Schedule has been dropped as a secondary criterion after five years of use.

Primary Criteria (not listed in priority order)

  • Win-loss percentage against Division III opponents
  • Division III head-to-head competition
  • Results versus common Division III opponents
  • Results versus ranked Division III teams as established by the final ranking and the ranking preceeding the final ranking
  • Division III strength of schedule

Secondary Criteria (not listed in priority order)

  • Non-Division III win-lost percentage
  • Results versus common non-Division III opponents
  • Division III non-conference strength-of-schedule

Regular season and conference postseason matches are considered.  See the sections that follow for an explanation/clarification of the results versus ranked teams and strength of schedule.

Results versus Ranked Teams

For the purposes of at-large selections, "ranked teams" are now (starting this season) those teams ranked in either the final rankings or the third weekly rankings. However, for the purposes of the weekly regional rankings, "ranked teams" only includes the teams ranked the previous week, not the previous two weeks. Obviously, for the first weekly regional rankings of the season, there is no previous ranking and thus there are no results versus ranked teams. Consequently, the regional data sheets (see section further down) for the first weekly rankings do not include teams' records verus ranked opponents, but starting with the second weekly rankings this criteria is in play and is among the criteria listed in the regional data sheets.

"Results versus ranked teams" criteria spelled out

For the . . . first weekly rankings:

second weekly rankings:

third weekly ranking:

final rankings:

at-large selections:
 

 

N/A (no previous rankings)

results versus teams ranked in the first weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in the second weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in the third weekly rankings

results versus teams ranked in either the third weekly
rankings or the final rankings

Strength of Schedule

The Strength of Schedule (SOS) used by the Division III soccer committees is based on Opponents' Cumulative Winning Percentage (OWP) and Opponents' Opponents' Cumulative Winning Percentage (OOWP). No home and away multipliers will be applied as was done from 2011 to 2016 for the men and in 2016 for the women. An explanation with an example of these calculations is found in Appendix D (pg. 46) of the Pre-Championship Manual.

Opponents' Winning Percentage (OWP):

The winning percentage of opponents' cumulative
win-loss-tie record versus Division III competition
excluding the results against the team in question.

Opponents' Opponents' Winning Percentage (OOWP):

The winning percentage of the cumulative win-loss-tie
record of all opponents' opponents.

Strength of Schedule (SOS):

Composed of OWP and OOWP weighted as follows:
2/3 OWP + 1/3 OOWP

Note: The calculations changed starting in 2016.  Previously OWP was the average of each opponent's winning percentage and OOWP was the average of the OWP's of all opponents.

Regional Data Sheets

Along with the rankings, data sheets for each region are made available.  These data sheets, which include all teams in each region, provide some (but not all) of the data that was considered by the ranking committee.  The following data is listed: record and winning percentage against Division III opponents, results versus ranked Division III opponents, Division III SOS (primary criteria), and overall record and winning percentage.  These sheets allow for a look at the numbers the committees had in front of them and therefore insight into why some teams are ranked and others not. The NCAA provides links to this data below the rankings. Direct links to the latest released data sheets are given below:

Men's Data Sheets

Central Region

East Region

Great Lakes Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

North Region

South Atlantic Region

West Region

 

Women's Data Sheets

Central Region

East Region

Great Lakes Region

Mid-Atlantic Region

New England Region

North Region

South Atlantic Region

West Region

The data sheets can also be accessed by clicking the links on our regional rankings pages.

Published Final Rankings

As part of the at-large tournament selection process, the committees do final rankings that include the results from the final week prior to the tournament, usually the completion of conference tournaments. These final rankings are published following the announcement of the tournament fields and may answer many questions about why certain teams were at-large selections and others not.

 

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Regent at Ferrum
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Eastern Connecticut at Mitchell
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Southern Virginia at Mary Baldwin
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Defiance at Alma
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Lesley at Pine Manor
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Cabrini at Eastern
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Muhlenberg at DeSales
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Centenary (N.J.) at Montclair State
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Pitt-Bradford at Elmira
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William Paterson at York (N.Y.)
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SUNY-Old Westbury at Ramapo
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King's (NY) at Mount St. Vincent
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Dean at Rhode Island College
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Dickinson at Lycoming
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Arcadia at Penn State-Berks
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Berea at Covenant
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Marymount at Wilson
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Hiram at Heidelberg
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SUNY Poly at Alfred State
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Gustavus Adolphus at St. Thomas
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Waynesburg at Franciscan
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Gwynedd-Mercy at Cairn
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Rosemont at Stockton
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Baruch at Vassar
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Knox at Central
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St. Olaf at Hamline
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North Central (Ill.) at Dominican
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Bethel at Carleton
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St. John's at Concordia-Moorhead
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Monmouth at Iowa Wesleyan
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St. Norbert at Concordia (Wis.)
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Emory and Henry at Johnson University Tennessee
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Mid-Atlantic Christ. at Randolph
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Hartwick at Marywood
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Elmhurst at Kalamazoo
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Albertus Magnus at Elms
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New Jersey City at Farmingdale State
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Stevens at Franklin and Marshall
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Susquehanna at Wilkes
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Mary Washington at Catholic
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Lehman at Manhattanville
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Medaille at Fredonia State
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Mount Union at Geneva
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Fitchburg State at Eastern Nazarene
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Baldwin Wallace at Oberlin
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Mount St. Joseph at Muskingum
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Moravian at Bryn Athyn
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Alfred at Keuka
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Eastern Mennonite at Gallaudet
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Methodist at William Peace
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Washington College at Wesley
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Salem State at Mass-Dartmouth
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Drew at TCNJ
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Rose-Hulman at DePauw
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Neumann at Widener
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Lynchburg at Christopher Newport
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New York University at SUNY-Maritime
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St. Mary's (Md.) at Swarthmore
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Rochester (Mich.) at Adrian
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Hanover at Ohio Northern
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Immaculata at Rutgers-Camden
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Messiah at York (Pa.)
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Wooster at Capital
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MIT at Wentworth
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D'Youville at Buffalo State
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Thomas at St. Joseph's (Maine)
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Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
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Elizabethtown at Alvernia
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Lebanon Valley at Gettysburg
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Clarks Summit at Wells
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North Carolina Wesleyan at Barton
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University of the Ozarks at Hendrix
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Centre at Transylvania
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John Carroll at Case Western Reserve
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La Roche at Westminster (Pa.)
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Kenyon at Marietta
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Amherst at Merchant Marine
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Bowdoin at Bates
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UW-Whitewater at Millikin
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Edgewood at Lawrence
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Carroll at Wisconsin Lutheran
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MacMurray at Illinois College
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Illinois Tech at North Park
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Dubuque at UW-Platteville
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Rhodes at Christian Bros.
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Augsburg at Macalester
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Lake Forest at Aurora
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Pomona-Pitzer at La Verne
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Caltech at Whittier
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Redlands
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Marymount at Mary Baldwin
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Waynesburg at Franciscan
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King's at Centenary (N.J.)
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Framingham State at Dean
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Concordia (N.Y.) at Staten Island
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Bowdoin at Babson
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Penn State-Abington at Gwynedd-Mercy
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Gettysburg at York (Pa.)
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Endicott at Wheaton (Mass.)
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Eastern Nazarene at Maine-Farmington
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Heidelberg at Trine
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Morrisville State at SUNY Delhi
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Emmanuel at Lasell
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St. Mary's (Ind.) at Manchester
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Hamilton at Utica
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Virginia Wesleyan at St. Mary's (Md.)
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FDU-Florham at Manhattanville
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DeSales at Lebanon Valley
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Geneva at Pitt-Greensburg
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SUNY-Purchase at New Jersey City
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Rowan at Arcadia
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Roanoke at Greensboro
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SUNY Canton at Oswego State
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Skidmore at Clarkson
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Felician at Trinity (D.C.)
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Methodist at Randolph-Macon
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North Carolina Wesleyan at Mary Washington
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Sweet Briar at Wilson
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Misericordia at William Smith
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Anderson at St. Mary-Woods
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Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
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St. Joseph's (Bklyn.) at Medgar Evers
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Bluffton at Grace Christian (MI)
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UC Clermont at Defiance
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Spalding at Hanover
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Fisher at Cazenovia
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Western Connecticut at Farmingdale State
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Kenyon at Capital
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Simmons at Johnson and Wales
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Huntingdon at Rhodes
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Iowa Wesleyan at Lincoln Christian
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Talladega at LaGrange
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Marietta at Berea
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UW-Oshkosh at Ripon
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Simpson at Grinnell
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Wheaton (Ill.) at Washington U.
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Bethany Lutheran at Martin Luther
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St. Joseph (Conn.) at Mount Holyoke
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Smith at Eastern Connecticut
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Rockford at Beloit
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Wisconsin Lutheran at Lawrence
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Meredith at Ferrum
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Anna Maria at Rivier
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Albright at Moravian
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St. Joseph's (L.I.) at William Paterson
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Johns Hopkins at Penn State-Berks
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New Paltz State at Bard
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Ramapo at Drew
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Salisbury at Washington College
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Scranton at New York University
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Albany Pharmacy at SUNY Poly
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Mitchell at Massachusetts Maritime
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Nazareth at Geneseo State
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Wilkes at Susquehanna
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NVU-Johnson at Norwich
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Hiram at Baldwin Wallace
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Finlandia at UW-Superior
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Agnes Scott at Oglethorpe
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Keene State at Westfield State
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Penn State-Altoona at Juniata
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Earlham at Wilmington
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Guilford at Pfeiffer
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Rosemont at Delaware Valley
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Vassar at Montclair State
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John Jay at Sarah Lawrence
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Allegheny at John Carroll
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UW-Eau Claire at Northland
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Chapman at Caltech
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Cal Lutheran at Whittier
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La Verne at Pomona-Pitzer
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Mount Union at Chatham
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Denison at Franklin
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Eastern at Stockton
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North Park at MSOE
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UW-Stevens Point at Carroll
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Wartburg at UW-La Crosse
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Sewanee at Alabama Huntsville
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Rose-Hulman at Illinois Wesleyan
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Pacific at Linfield
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Centenary (N.J.) at Montclair State
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Rowan at Haverford
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Stevens at Franklin and Marshall
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Otterbein at Ohio Wesleyan
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St. Mary's (Md.) at Swarthmore
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Wooster at Capital
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Mount Union at Geneva
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Kenyon at Marietta
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John Carroll at Case Western Reserve
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Amherst at Merchant Marine
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Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Cal Lutheran
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Rowan at Arcadia
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Misericordia at William Smith
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Wheaton (Ill.) at Washington U.
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Johns Hopkins at Penn State-Berks
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La Verne at Pomona-Pitzer
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Wartburg at UW-La Crosse