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DII, DIII power rankings: Oct. 7 edition

Article Written by Will Parchman
Published: October 7, 2014

This week's DII and DIII men's and women's power rankings are here, and once again, the women's Division II poll was a font of chaos.

While the other three polls have yet to replace its season-opening No. 1, the DII women's poll is on its third different top-ranked team in as many weeks. Tampa assumed the mantle from CSU Stanislaus last week, but a 2-0 loss to Saint Leo dropped the Spartans four spots in the poll. Only one team stayed in its same spot from last week, making DII women's soccer the most unpredictable of the lot.

But that wasn't the only movement this week. Check out the rest of our comprehensive DII and DIII power rankings package.

Men's

Division II

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Southern New Hampshire 9-0-0 The beat goes on for the Penmen. A midweek 2-0 win over Stonehill and a 4-0 win over American Int'l means they're now 6-0 in the league.
2 2 Young Harris College 7-0-1 One game, one win for Young Harris, which dusted Anderson 4-1 thanks in part to a brace from Khurram Shazad.
3 4 (+1) Charleston 9-0-0 Nobody's coming all that close to nicking a point off the Golden Eagles these days. Both 5-1 and 2-0 wins keep the streak alive.
4 3 (-1) Quincy 10-0-1 Quincy didn't lose last week, but it also suffered its first blemish of the season in a surprising draw against a six-loss William Jewel side. 
5 5 Lynn 8-1-0 Wins over Barry and Eckard last week kept Lynn in the conversation. That 2-1 loss to Rollins is beginning to look more and more like an outlier.
6 7 (+1) Seattle Pacific 8-0-1 SPU enjoyed its best week of the season with impressive 3-1 wins over regional rivals Western Washington and Simon Fraser.
7 6 (-1) Saint Leo 6-0-2 The Lions cruised over Florida Tech last week for a two-game sweep over Florida opponents that included a ranked Tampa team.
8 8 Mercyhurst 9-2-0 Steam is gathering. Mercyhurst is on a five-game win streak, though they had to grind to win 3-2 and 1-0 battles last week to keep it going.
9 NR Notre Dame College 8-2-0 Our only debutant in the poll this week, Notre Dame is on a five-game win streak. The only losses? No. 3 Charleston and No. 8 Mercyhurst.
10 9 (-1) Saginaw Valley State(m) 8-0-2 A split week for the Cardinals, who notched an impressive win over Ohio Dominican before sharing the spoils against Lake Erie.


Division III

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Messiah 11-0-0 The machine continues its roll. Messiah hasn't lost in more than a year, and another perfect week keeps the Falcons well clear of the field.
2 3 (+1) Emory 11-0-1 A pair of 2-1 victories against Oglethorpe and Washington (Mo.) were impressive, as Emory's 11-game winning streak continues apace.
3 2 (-1) Amherst 7-0-2 Amherst is the king of the rope-a-dope. Two more one-win victories kept the unbeaten streak alive despite a rugged schedule.
4 5 (+1) Brandeis 10-0-0 Brandeis hasn't gotten many tests this season, but it passed a big one in a 1-0 2OT win over Case last week to stay perfect. Enough to leap Loras.
5 4 (-1) Loras 10-1-1 Loras played twice last week and won those games a combined 7-0, but they were a victim of Brandeis' unbeaten streak this week.
6 6 Franklin and Marshall 10-0-1 A difficult week turned to roses when F&M won 2-1 over Ursinas before taking a 1-0 win over Muhlenberg in double overtime.
7 7 Kenyon 11-0-0 Kenyon's wins didn't have enough wow factor to scoot up the poll, but they were enough to keep them here. Two 1-0 victories will do the trick.
8 NR Trinity (Texas) 11-1-0 Trinity makes its first appearence on the men's side thanks to a dominant run of eight straight wins.
9 9 SUNY Oneonta 9-0-2 No hiccups for the Red Dragons, who took care of both SUNY Geneseo and Brockport to stave off a loss for at least another week.
10 NR Wheaton (Mass.) 10-1-1 Yes, Wheaton lost for the first time last week, but it was to No. 4 Brandeis. Otherwise, no team's been able to stop this rolling train.


Women's 

Division II

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 2 (+1) Western Washington 7-0-2 Is No. 1 the kiss of death in this poll? WWU is the third No. 1 in as many weeks after Tampa was shocked last week. Can the Vikings stick around?
2 3 (+1) Minnesota State-Mankato(w) 10-0-0 The Mavericks held firm last week and knifed through the commotion in the top five after starting the season unranked.
3 4 (+1) Saint Rose 9-0-1 The NE-10 may have trouble catching Saint Rose at this pace. With the exception of Adelphi, nobody's even nicked a point.
4 5 (+1) Cal State Stanislaus(w) 10-1-0 A week after losing the No. 1 ranking, CSUS won twice last week, including a seismic 4-3 2OT win over then-No. 10 Sonoma State. 
5 7 (+2) Grand Valley State 9-1-0 After some early stumbles, GVSU looks terrifying right now. The Lakers won their last four a combined 22-0.
6 1 (-5) University of Tampa 7-1-2 Tampa spent a grand total of seven days at No. 1. A 2-0 loss to Saint Leo last week cost the Spartans' their short-lived reign.
7 6 (-1) Barry 6-1-1 Barry ostensibly pushed Rollins out of the top 10 this week with a 2-1 victory, and a 5-1 win over Lynn solidified their spot.
8 8 Columbus State 8-0-1 Blessed respite. CSU is the first and only team to not move in this week's women's DII poll. Two wins last week helped the cause.
9 NR North Georgia 9-1-0 There's only one blemish on NG's schedule, and it's a loss to No. 7 Barry. Otherwise, the Nighthawks are on a five game win streak.
10 NR Saint Leo 7-2-0 Stopping the nation's No. 1 will do a lot for your confidence. Saint Leo topped Tampa and then beat Florida Tech for a heck of a week.


Division III

RANK PREV TEAM RECORD COMMENTS
1 1 Trinity (Texas) 11-0-1 The Tigers put up eight goals in one game last week. If you needed confirmation this team isn't going anywhere, here you go.
2 3 (+1) Messiah 11-0-0 The women's team is coming dangerously close to joining the men's side atop their respective rankings. The streak continues.
3 2 (-1) Washington (Mo.) 9-0-2 Washington's faced top 10 sides Emory and Wheaton in the last two weeks and drawn both. Hard knock life, but something has to give.
4 4 Carnegie Mellon 9-0-0 An impressive 2-1 win over Chicago sets the table for a meeting against No. 3 Washington this week. That'll decide a lot.
5 7 (+2) Lynchburg 11-0-0 Since Sept. 13, Lynchburg's outscored opponents 37-0. Hard to beat that for out-and-out dominance.
6 5 (-1) Amherst 9-1-1 The loss to Bowdoin continues to recede over the horizon. Amherst is on a six-game winning streak since then, including one last week.
7 6 (-1) Wheaton (Ill.) 9-1-1 Wheaton dropped a stunner in mid-September, but they've stabilized since then, including a 5-0 win over Elmhurst last week.
8 8 Johns Hopkins 9-2-0 JH is humming along and seems to be hitting its stride, but losses to No. 2 Messiah and No. 5 Lynchburg leave postseason questions.
9 10 (+1) Williams(w) 8-1-0 Since losing to No. 6 Amherst on Sept. 20, Williams has outscored foes a combined 17-0. That's one way to bounce back.
10 9 (-1) Emory 6-0-3 Emory only got one game last week, so it was unfortunate it was against No. 3 Washington. A 1-1 draw won't hurt, but Williams' rise was hard to miss.
 
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