MCLA D-II Poll: Duluth Hangs On

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 a pair of first-place votes while the Tommies had five.

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

RANK TEAM POINTS 1st VOTES
1. Minn.-Duluth 519 7
2. Kennesaw State 507 7
3. Dayton 490
4t. Grand Valley State 484 2
4t. St. Thomas 484 5
6. North Dakota State 450
7. College of Idaho 431 1
8. St. John’s 402
9. Montana 335
10. Northern Arizona 331
11. UC Davis 326
12. Florida Gulf Coast 269
13. Montana State 260
14. UC San Diego 216
15. Rhode Island 209
16. Missouri State 189
17. Utah State 188
18. Florida Atlantic 167
19. Bridgewater State 154
20. Cal State San Marcos 139
21. Loyola Marymount 117
22. MSU Denver 112
23. Central Conn. State 110
24. North Florida 50
25. UNC-Charlotte 48

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).