DII, DIII power rankings: Oct. 14

by Will Parchman
October 14, 2014
DII, DIII power rankings: Oct. 14

Another week in Division II and Division III men's and women's soccer, and the TopDrawerSoccer.com power rankings continue to churn. There's a debutant in every poll this week, as six teams joined the top 10 fray for the first time. Meanwhile, no No. 1 lost last week as most of the turmoil in the polls occured a bit further down the line.

The highest ranked team to lose last week? That'd be the Emory men, who fell from No. 2 to No. 7 in the DIII men's poll thanks to a loss to a four-loss Chicago team. Find out how the rest of the nation fared in this week's comprehensive power rankings.

Men's

Division II

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Southern New Hampshire 10-0-1 The Penmen are no longer perfect thanks to a 2-2 draw against Merrimack that required a two-goal comeback. But still no losses.
2 2 Young Harris College 7-0-1 Over its last two games, Young Harris is outscoring opponents 10-4. In its last game, YH gave up a 3-0 lead only to win 6-3. Go figure.
3 3 Charleston 11-0-1 Like SNH, Charleston's record now has a draw on it, but 3-1 and 3-0 wins last week prove the Golden Eagles aren't going anywhere.
4 4 Quincy 12-0-1 As if to dispell any notion that its recent draw was of worry, Quincy smashed Saint Joseph's 9-0 over the weekend. That's eight games with 4 or more goals.
5 6 (+1) Seattle Pacific 10-0-1 SPU is the hottest team on the West Coast. Two more wins over the weekend brought the Falcons' win streak to nine games.
6 5 (-1) Lynn 9-1-1 Lynn's draw against Rollins last week cracked open the door just enough for streaking SPU. An Oct. 25 matchup with No. 7 Saint Leo looms.
7 8 (+1) Mercyhurst 10-2-0 After a loss on Sept. 19, Mercyhurst's rattled off six straight wins to hop right back in the PSAC race.
8 10 (+2) Saginaw Valley State(m) 10-0-2 Still no losses from the rising Cardinals, whose dominant weekend included 4-1 and 5-1 wins spaced just two days apart.
9 NR Cal Poly Pomona 11-0-1 For the first time, Pomona cracks the top 10 on the back of its unbeaten record. Tested but never bested so far.
10 NR Midwestern State 8-1-2 A 3-2 double overtime victory over West Texas A&M over the weekend added padding to the resume and kept the unbeaten streak alive at 10. 


Division III

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Messiah 13-0-0 Death, taxes, Messiah men's soccer. Lebanon Valley gave the Falcons a scare, but a 1-0 deficit shortly turned into a 3-2 Messiah victory.
2 3 (+1) Amherst 9-0-2 The first to profit off Emory's fall, Amherst topped Elms (3-0) and Colby (3-1) last week to stay the course and become The Best Not Named Messiah.
3 6 (+3) Franklin and Marshall 12-0-1 The unbeaten Diplomats just can't lose of late, and a seven-game winning streak carries them up to No. 3 this week.
4 5 (+1) Loras 11-1-1 Suddenly the Duhawks' win over Chicago earlier this season looks mighty impressive after the latter bumped off No. 2 Emory last week.
5 7 (+2) Kenyon 11-0-0 Kenyon's steady march up the poll continues after a comfortable 2-0 win over Wooster at the weekend.
6 8 (+2) Trinity (Texas) 13-1-0 Trinity's one loss this season nearly two months ago feels like eons. Ten straight wins, most of them blowouts, parks them at No. 6.
7 2 (-5) Emory 11-1-1 Emory suffered its first loss of the season in a 1-0 upset loss to four-loss Chicago, which will force the RPI to take a hit.
8 9 (+1) SUNY Oneonta 11-0-2 A lot of credit goes to SUNY Oneonta this week, which avoided an upset with an entertaining 3-2 OT win over Potsdam.
9 4 (-5) Brandeis 11-1-0 Another upset inside the top five? Brandeis is licking its wounds after a 2-1 loss to Rochester precipitated a five-spot slide this week.
10 NR Christopher Newport 11-1-3 The Captains clawed their way into the poll for the first time this week thanks in part to a 10-game unbeaten streak.


Women's 

Division II

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Western Washington 8-0-3 The upset bug finally took a break in DII women's soccer. Western notched a draw and a win last week to keep from becoming another casualty.
2 2 Minnesota State-Mankato(w) 12-0-0 Now that the Mavericks established themselves as No. 2, piling up wins will keep the pressure on Western. How long can they stay perfect?
3 5 (+2) Grand Valley State 11-1-0 A loss to No. 2 Mankato hasn't derailed the train, and turmoil ahead allows the defending champs to leap into the top three.
4 7 (+3) Barry 7-1-1 Credit Barry, which plowed through then-No. 5 Tampa last weekend to keep alive a heater that has no end in sight.
5 8 (+3) Columbus State 10-0-1 Staying unbeaten this long in the Peach Belt deserves some kind of medal. Question now is whether they can stave off losses for longer.
6 9 (-3) North Georgia 7-1-2 North Georgia is chewing through its schedule with shocking ease. Last week, the Nighhawks won its two battles a combined 19-3.
7 3 (-4) Saint Rose 10-1-1 Saint Rose's first trip-up of the season involved a 2-0 loss to a two-loss Saint Anselm team. How do they respond?
8 NR Rollins 9-2-0 Rollins smashed into the poll this week with all the force of the Kool Aid man. Consecutive wins over Lynn and Saint Leo did the trick.
9 NR Cal State Los Angeles 11-1-1 Is there a new queen in the CCAA? CSU LA is making the case with a perfect 6-0-0 record to start league play.
10 4 (-6) Cal State Stanislaus(w) 11-2-0 The former No. 1 is having trouble just staying in the poll these days. A second loss in five games last week is a troubling sign.


Division III

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Trinity (Texas) 13-0-1 Trinity isn't aware of any such thing as an upset, at least not yet. It's been a month since any team finished within a goal of the Tigers.
2 2 Messiah 13-0-0 If not for Trinity's recent dominance, Messiah might expect to be No. 1. As is, a perfect start like this is nothing to sneeze at.
3 3 Washington (Mo.) 10-0-2 Beating No. 4 Carnegie Mellon 1-0 is an impressive resume builder and will go a long way toward pushing the pack in the top three.
4 5 (+1) Lynchburg 14-0-0 Lynchburg loaded up with a three-game week and won all three by a margin of 10-0. The Hornets haven't surrendered a goal in 10 games.
5 4 (-1) Carnegie Mellon 11-0-0 It's hard to fault CM too much for dropping a hard-fought battle to the No. 3 team in the nation, so they only drop one spot this week.
6 7 (+1) Wheaton (Ill.) 11-1-1 Wheaton continues to build momentum, and a 2-0 week stretched the Thunder's unbeaten streak to six games.
7 8 (+1) Johns Hopkins 11-2-0 With only losses to No. 2 Messiah and No. 4 Lynchburg on the docket, JHU's nine-game winning streak takes on even more significance.
8 9 (+1) Williams(w) 10-1-0 Williams' climb back up the rankings after an early loss to Amherst continues. A 2-1 win over one-loss Bowdoin helps the resume.
9 NR Montclair State 11-1-0 Soaring Montclair State makes its debut in the poll this week thanks to a 12-game unbeaten run after opening the year with a loss to No. 7 Johns Hopkins.
10 6 (-4) Amherst 9-2-0 Amherst's fall continued last week with a defeat to an Eastern Connecticut team that had five losses. An OT win over Colby steadied the ship.
 
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