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Keiser Men Rise to #4 in Latest NAIA Poll!

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via NAIA web site   KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the sixth-straight poll, Missouri Valley holds the No. 1 ranking in the 2017 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday. The Vikings earned seven first-place votes and 98 total points en route to the top spot. The sixth regular-season edition is scheduled to be released on April 4. Top 10 Highlights • Missouri Valley is ranked No. 1 for the sixth time in program history – all coming this season. • The Vikings carry a 7-1 record into the week, including a 22-8 win over then-No. 9 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) over the weekend. • Missouri Valley has not lost since falling in its season opener to NCAA Division II Rockhurst (Mo.), 12-11, on Feb. 2. The Vikings’ seven-game winning streak is currently the longest active streak in the NAIA. • Lourdes (Ohio) – the only remaining unbeaten team in NAIA lacrosse at 6-0 – checks in at No. 2 for a sixth-straight edition. The Gray Wolves return to the pitch Tuesday against No. 8 Indiana Tech. • No. 3 Reinhardt (Ga.), No. 4 Keiser (Fla.) and No. 5 Lawrence Tech round out the top five this week. Among the trio, only Reinhardt held its position from the March 21 poll. • Lawrence Tech’s four-spot jump highlights the positive movement in the poll. Prior to the aforementioned loss to Missouri Valley, the Blue Devils (8-1) had won eight-straight. Lawrence Tech has three games remaining on its schedule, including showdowns against No. 2 Lourdes (Saturday) and No. 8 Indiana Tech (April 5). • No. 10 Siena Heights (Mich.) tumbled a poll-high six spots this week. • All four conferences are represented in the poll. • The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference leads all leagues with four teams represented – Lourdes, Lawrence Tech, Indiana Tech and No. 10 Siena Heights (Mich.). • No new teams joined the Top 10. Poll Methodology • The ratings committee is comprised of eight raters – two raters per conference/A.I.I./group • Each conference/A.I.I./group produces a conference rating from which raters will use to compile their national ballot. Only teams represented on the conference rating are eligible for the national ballot. • Each rater will submit a top 15 ballot, which will be used to produce the Top 10 national rating and a list of other teams receiving votes. • For the complete ratings calendar, click here. 2017 NAIA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Top 10 Poll – No. 5 (March 28, 2017)  
RANK PRVS SCHOOL (1st place votes) Record Total Points
1 1 Missouri Valley (7) 7-1 98
2 2 Lourdes (Ohio) (1) 6-0 92
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 9-1 86
4 5 Keiser (Fla.) 7-1 80
5 9 Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 8-1 74
6 6 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 6-3 63
7 7 Cumberlands (Ky.) 5-4 62
8 T10 Indiana Tech 7-2 54
9 T10 Ottawa (Kan.) 5-3 51
10 4 Siena Heights (Mich.) 3-1 46
Dropped from the Top 10: none Receiving Votes: Missouri Baptist 43; Saint Mary (Kan.) 30; Aquinas (Mich.) 23; Point (Ga.) 22; Tennessee Wesleyan 9; Michigan-Dearborn 6; Benedictine (Kan.) 3.