DII, DIII Power Rankings: Nov. 4 edition

DII, DIII Power Rankings: Nov. 4 edition
by Will Parchman
November 4, 2014

The postseason has arrived for DII and DIII soccer. While most teams are still trudging through the final throes of the regular season, conference tournaments began in earnest for some last week, lending an air of added importance to this week's TDS Power Rankings.

There were no No. 1 upsets on the eve of the NCAA tournament later this month, but the highest ranked team to lose a game were the Brandeis men, who fell from No. 5 to No. 10 in the DIII poll. Meanwhile, the SUNY Oneonta men made an impressive play up to No. 2 in the same poll to stake a claim as a legitimate national title contender.

Here's a look at this week's full complement of polls.


Division II

1 1 Young Harris College 14-0-1 The Mountain Lions had two games to finish the regular season last week. They were both wins, stretching a 14-game win streak into the playoffs.
2 2 Charleston 16-0-1 No turbulence for the Golden Eagles, who polished the regular season and an MEC regular season title with a 1-0 win over Concord.
3 3 Quincy 17-0-2 Quincy not only finished the regular season unbeaten, but they've also opened the GLVC tourney with a win already.
4 5 (+1) Southern New Hampshire 14-1-1 Just a week after suffering its first loss, SNH crushed Saint Rose 7-1 to wrap up a second NE-10 title in as many years.
5 6 (+1) Lynn 13-1-1 Lynn's heading into the Sunshine State Conference tourney with five straight wins at its back.
6 7 (+1) Mercyhurst 16-2-0 The Lakers secured the top overall seed in the PSAC tourney with an impressive 12-game win streak. Are the NCAAs next?
7 4 (-3) Seattle Pacific 15-1-1 A program-best 13-game win streak is no more. But a 1-0 loss to Northwest Nazarene didn't stop SPU from winning conference a game later.
8 8 St. Edward's 13-2-1 A third consecutive conference title fell to St. Ed's last week in a 3-0 victory over St. Mary's. One regular season game left.
9 NR Cal Poly Pomona 16-1-1 CSULA's nine-game win streak came to a screeching halt thanks to a 2-1 Pomona win that handed the Broncos the conference title.
10 9 (-1) Limestone(m) 14-1-1 A draw and a win last week marked the end of the regular season for the runaway Conference Carolinas champs.

Division III

1 1 Messiah 17-0-1 Messiah completed another undefeated regular season last week with a pair of victories. Now the nervy stuff starts for the title favorites.
2 4 (+2) SUNY Oneonta 16-0-2 One of DIII's last out-and-out unbeatens is still trucking. The Red Dragons finished the regular season with nine consecutive wins.
3 2 (-1) Franklin and Marshall 15-0-2 A draw against Dickinson in the regular season finale scuffed some of the shine, but an undefeated regular season is mighty impressive.
4 3 (-1) Trinity (Texas) 19-1-0 Looking for the side with the most regular season wins? Look no further. There's national best 16-game winning streak afoot here.
5 6 (+1) Kenyon 15-1-1 After a loss on Oct. 18, Kenyon wrapped the regular season by going 3-0-1 to set up the Lords well for the postseason.
6 7 (+1) Amherst 12-1-3 Amherst is already making its way through the NESCAC tourney with a win over Colby. Two games and the NCAAs are theirs. 
7 8 (+1) Loras 14-2-1 The Duhawks closed the season impressively, and a 9-0 win pushed them into the postseason with plenty of confidence in tow.
8 9 (+1) Whitworth 14-1-3 A win last week was tempered by a draw, which only slowed the NWC title aspirations. A win over Whitman later this week will finish the job.
9 10 (+1) Muhlenberg 12-1-2 Talk about confidence. Muhlenberg closed the regular season with a 2-1 2OT win over Ursinas. No. 3 F&M likely awaits in the conference tourney.
10 5 (-5) Brandeis 16-2-0 Bad time to suffer just your second loss of the season. A 1-0 setback against Chicago with one game left before the postseason isn't ideal.


Division II

1 1 Minnesota State-Mankato 18-0-0 It's intensely difficult to go perfect over a regular season, but Mankato did it with blowout after blowout. Now, the real fun starts.
2 2 Western Washington 15-0-3 Two more wins to close the regular season wrapped an unbeaten run and opened the door to a tough conference tourney.
3 4 (+1) Columbus State 16-0-2 Columbus State's charge up the poll has been irresistable. A Peach Belt title proves this team should be a force in the postseason.
4 3 (-1) Barry 11-1-2 Barry needed just one more win to capture the conference title, and they got it in a 3-0 victory over Eckerd to close the regular season.
5 5 Rollins 13-2-0 Rollins' only two losses: No. 3 Columbus State, No. 4 Barry. A seven-game win streak carries the Tars into the postseason on a high.
6 6 Saint Rose 15-1-2 The best the NE-10 has to offer, Saint Rose plunges into the conference tournament with all the confidence in the world.
7 7 Cal State Los Angeles 14-1-3 CSULA locked up an outright CCAA title two weeks ago, and a 2-2 draw against rival Pomona preserved the unbeaten conference season.
8 8 Grand Valley State 14-2-1 The Lakers needed a win to close the regular season, and they got it in a 3-0 victory over Walsh. Can the '13 NCAA champs defend their crown?
9 NR Central Missouri 17-0-1 The Jennies wrapped up an undefeated regular season and a perfect conference run last weekend. An NCAA dark horse in the making?
10 NR Wisconsin-Parkside 15-0-3 Parkside's already begun its GLVC tourney journey with a 3-0 win over Lewis. Two more wins and the undefeated dream goes NCAA.

Division III

1 1 Trinity (Texas) 18-0-1 A 6-0 win over Southwestern closed the regular season emphatically. Nobody's been within four goals of Trinity in nearly two months.
2 2 Messiah 18-0-1 It seems as though Messiah and Trinity are mirroring one another, meaning a matchup in the NCAA tournament is already tantalizing.
3 3 Lynchburg 20-0-0 Lynchburg opened the ODAC tourney with an 11-0 win. Is the competition that weak, or is Lynchburg simply this good? We'll see soon enough. 
4 4 Carnegie Mellon 14-1-0 One win stands between Carnegie Mellon and a nearly perfect regular season. This team should be tough in the postseason.
5 5 Wheaton (Ill.) 16-1-2 Finishing the season on a 10-0-2 run is enough to inspire confidence on its own. Wheaton is hitting its stride at the right time.
6 8 (+2) Williams 15-1-0 A beneficiary of turmoil? Sure. But Williams couldn't have done it without the consistency provided by 11 consecutive victories.
7 9 (+2) Montclair State 16-1-1 The NJAC champs finished the regular season with three consecutive shutouts and haven't lost since Aug. 29.
8 10 (+2) Connecticut College 14-2-0 The NESCAC tourney is already underway, and Connecticut College is back in the winning swing of things. Two wins to the tourney.
9 6 (-3) Washington (Mo.) 12-3-2 Shocker. Washington trailed 3-0 to NYU and eventually lost 4-3. Can the healing Bears rebound in time for the playoffs?
10 7 (-3) Johns Hopkins 15-3-0 After 13 straight wins, the Blue Jays lost last week to give away the conference tourney's top seed. Trouble in paradise?
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