ATLANTA – Despite five teams splitting the first-place votes this week, Minn.-Duluth has managed to hold on to the top spot in the MCLA Division II New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending March 10.
The Bulldogs (6-1) grabbed seven first-place votes, which was the same number of top picks as No. 2 Kennesaw State (6-1). Duluth had enough down-ballot strength to edge out Kennesaw despite the Owls beating the Bulldogs head-to-head at Music City Judgement.
Dayton (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season at Judgement, but holds steady in the third chair.
Grand Valley State (3-0) moves from sixth to a tie at No. 4 with St. Thomas (4-2). The Lakers snagged five first-place votes while the Tommies had two.
College of Idaho (2-0) fell two spots to No. 7, but did pick up a first-place vote along the way.
No new teams entered the poll this week.
MCLA Division II New Balance Coaches Poll – Week 4
|4t.||Grand Valley State||484||5|
|6.||North Dakota State||450|
|7.||College of Idaho||431||1|
|12.||Florida Gulf Coast||269|
|14.||UC San Diego||216|
|20.||Cal State San Marcos||139|
|23.||Central Conn. State||110|
Others receiving votes: San Diego (41), Colorado Denver (30), Rice (24), Elon (23), Wake Forest (9), Western Oregon (9), Stonehill (8), Wester Washington (6), Sierra Nevada (5), Oklahoma State (3), Charleston (2), Saint Mary’s (2), UC Irvine (1).