Here’s this weeks Top 25 Division II Teams for Week 1.
Division II Top 25 Week 1 Rankings February 24
1. Stevens Institute of Technology
2. West Chester
7. University of Massachusetts
8. Rochester Institute of Technology
9. Christopher Newport
11. Gannon University
15. Virginia Military Institute
18. Mississippi State
19. Kent State
24t. Virginia Commonwealth
24t. York College
Well, there are actually 26 teams in our top 25 as UMBC and Akron both share the 25th spot. Akron almost fell completely out of the top 25 after starting 0-2, losing to Duquesne and IUP by a total of 3 goals.
Kentucky cracks into the top 5 by virtue of their strong 3-0 start. The Wildcats offense was on fire this past week, racking up 33 goals in their first 3 games.
Gannon University, fresh off their 5 year hiatus, are back in the top 20 after a convincing season opening win over IUP.
With the 2 losses mentioned above, IUP falls from their preseason ranking of 5th all the way to 12th this week. But wins over Duquesne, PSU Berhem and Akron keep them in the top 15.
VCU cracks the top 25, tied with York for the 24th spot after a 3-0 start, which included a 10-2 win over George Mason. Another new comer to the Top 25 is Mississippi State. The 18th ranked Bulldogs are 4-1, with conference wins over UAB and UT Chattanooga.
We’ll have a fill recap of last weeks busy DII schedule on our weekly podcast.