1-30-2013 Division III Pre Season Poll

DIVISION III PRE SEASON POLL

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With a unanimous selection by the Division III Top 25 Committee, the 2012 NCAA Division III National Champion Lutes from Pacific Lutheran University will start the 2013 softball season as the NFCA Preseason No. 1 team.

Pacific Lutheran finished the 2012 season with a 45-11 record and atop the NFCA Division III Top 25 final poll after winning the national championship.  Montclair State (44-9), Luther (41-9), Tufts (41-7) and Linfield (46-7) round out the top five, respectively.

Roanoke (35-11), Illinois Wesleyan (39-8), Christopher Newport (37-11), UT Texas-Tyler (39-9) and Eastern Connecticut (44-3) filled slots six through 10 to open up the new campaign in the top 10.

UW River Falls (34-15) suffered the greatest drop from the top 25, finishing last season at No. 15 but receiving no votes in the 2013 NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll.  COE (36-13) and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (28-19) fell from No. 20 and No. 23 to unranked in the preseason, respectively.

St. Thomas (MN) (37-9) witnessed the largest increase from final poll to preseason, jumping from No. 25 to No. 19, while Emory (34-5) had the largest decrease while still remaining ranked, falling from No. 13 to No. 24 in the preseason listing.

The NFCA Division III Top 25 poll is voted by a committee of eight coaches representing the Atlantic, Central, East, Great Lakes, Midwest, New England, Northeast and West regions.

For the complete 2013 NFCA Division III Top 25 Preseason Poll, please visit http://goo.gl/LRTMt.

 

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Pacific Lutheran (8) 45-11 200
2 Montclair State 44-9 185
3 Luther 41-9 179
4 Tufts 41-7 177
5 Linfield 46-7 162
6 Roanoke 35-11 146
7 Illinois Wesleyan 39-8 144
8 Christopher Newport 37-11 127
9 Texas-Tyler 39-9 122
10 Eastern Connecticut State 44-3 119
11 Central (Iowa) 36-10 116
12 Plattsburgh State 35-11 109
13 Trine 40-10 108
14 Rowan 39-9 105
15 Ohio Northern 31-14 92
16 Carthage 37-10 67
17 Moravian 35-11 66
18 St. Thomas (Minnesota) 37-9 58
19 Louisiana College 28-15 56
20 Redlands 32-13 54
21 Ithaca 32-14 34
22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 30-15 28
23 Emory 34-5 27
24 Cortland State 41-10 22
25 Amherst 36-6 21

 

Others receiving votes:

Point totals in parentheses: DePauw (17), Simpson (12), UW Whitewater (7), seven other schools received votes but appeared on only one ballot.

Dropped out:

UW River Falls (34-15), COE (36-13), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (28-19)

 

 

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