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MCLA D1 & D2 Polls – 3/29/23

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via the MCLA press releases/website

D-I Poll: Flame Throwers

ATLANTA – After pushing its winning streak to seven games with a conference road sweep, Liberty has retained its unanimous No. 1 ranking in the MCLA Division I New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll, which was released on March 29.

The Flames (9-1) dispatched ALC rivals Pitt and West Virginia over the weekend to keep their momentum. Liberty was the top pick on all 27 ballots.

Georgia Tech (9-1) was off this week but retained the No. 2 position. The Yellow Jackets are gearing up for the annual rivalry game with No. 7 Georgia (9-1) on Saturday. A win for the Wreck wraps up a bye in the SELC tournament.

Virginia Tech (10-2) rebounded from its second loss of the season with a win over conference rival Tennessee, sticking at No. 3.

After a two-win weekend, Florida (10-1) remained static at No. 4 with just two games left on the regular season schedule.

Utah Valley (8-1) was idle this week, but the Wolverines managed to gain a spot in the poll and fill out the Top 5.

No. 25 Arizona State (5-5) gets re-admitted to the club this week, pushing Oregon (5-3) out of the poll.

New Balance Division I Coaches Poll – Week 6

2.Georgia Tech647
3.Virginia Tech593
5.Utah Valley556
6.Boston College540
9.San Diego State459
11.Florida State374
12.Simon Fraser370
13.Brigham Young359
16.Boise State276
17.UC Santa Barbara192
19.Cal Poly161
20.Southern Methodist119
23.Colorado State112
24.South Carolina83
25.Arizona State73

Receiving votes: Oregon (62), Missouri (11), Pittsburgh (7), West Virginia (7), Tennessee (4), Texas (3), Auburn (3), Dominican (2), Grand Canyon (2), Utah (2).’


D-II Poll: Running Rams

ATLANTA – A pair of comfortable regional wins was good enough to keep Rhode Island easily in the top spot of the MCLA Division II New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll, which was released on March 29.

The Rams (8-1) punished Stonehill and Central Connecticut State by a combined scored of 35-11 to stick at No. 1. Rhode Island did lose a pair of first-place votes, only garnering 25 of the 27 cast.

St. Thomas (2-1), which is prepping to come off its month-long hiatus, remains at No. 2. The Tommies will have to contend with No. 5 Missouri State (4-0) and No. 9 Grand Valley State (5-1) on the road this weekend.

Cal State San Marcos (6-1) jumped four spots to No. 3 this period after downing now-No. 6 Montana (10-2). The Cougars grabbed the remaining pair of first-place votes.

Montana State (7-1) hammered a pair of RMLC opponents to continue in the fourth chair.

There were no new teams in the poll this week.

New Balance Division II Coaches Poll – Week 6

1.Rhode Island67325
2.St. Thomas628
3.Cal State San Marcos6092
4.Montana State592
5.Missouri State548
7.Florida Gulf Coast499
8.Utah State452
9.Grand Valley State440
10.UC San Diego429
11.Wake Forest416
13.Kennesaw State389
15.Air Force256
16.St. John’s254
17.Florida Atlantic252
19.College of Idaho179
20t.North Dakota State169
20t.UC Davis169
23.Western Washington84
24.Coastal Carolina73
25.Northwest Nazarene56

Receiving votes: Northern Arizona (36), Tulane (19), Baylor (10), San Diego (10), MSU Denver (9), Georgia Southern (4), Saint Mary’s (1).