ATLANTA – For the seventh consecutive week, it’s Rhode Island atop the MCLA Division II New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll that was released on April 19.
The Rams (11-1), which have outscored their last seven opponents, 129-37, grabbed 19 of the 27 first-place votes cast this week. Rhode Island has one final game left on the docket – a clash with Division I UConn on Sunday – before heading to conference tournament play in Fitchburg, Mass.
Cal State San Marcos (12-1) remains hot on the Rams tail after rallying for a 15-11 victory against No. 9 UC San Diego (10-2) over the weekend. The Cougars, who are one of the top seeds in this weekend's SLC tournament, grabbed the remaining eight first-place votes.
No. 3 Montana State (10-1), which crushed No. 19 College of Idaho, remains at No. 3 and has already picked up a top seed in the RMLC playoffs that commence on April 28 in Fort Collins, Colo.
No. 4 St. Thomas (7-2) rolled to three comfy wins over the weekend and just have to close out archrival and No. 18 St. John’s (4-4) on Friday to ensure one of the top seeds in the UMLC playoffs that occur in Loves Park, Ill., from April 28-30.
No. 5 Montana (15-2) has wrapped up its regular season and is the top seed in the PNCLL playoffs starting on April 29 in Lake Oswego, Ore.
Miami (5-6) departed the poll this week to make way for No. 23 Northern Arizona (9-3).
New Balance Division II Coaches Poll – Week 9
|2.||Cal State San Marcos||653||8|
|6.||Florida Gulf Coast||530|
|7.||Grand Valley State||515|
|9.||UC San Diego||444|
|19.||College of Idaho||167|
|20.||North Dakota State||156|
Receiving votes: Miami (49), Baylor (20), Tulane (14), San Diego (9), MSU Denver (7), Maine (4), Georgia Southern (2).