November 4, 2011

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Maryland men, Stanford women on top of latest NSCAA national college rankings

25 Oct, 2011
Maryland claims the No. 1 spot for the third time this season after holding then-No. 2 North Carolina to a 1-1 draw last Friday. The tie moved UNC down to No. 4 this week. The Terrapins weren’t the only team to advance this week. The nation’s lone undefeated team, New Mexico, jumped to No. 2 from the five spot after wins at Seattle and Cal State Bakersfield.
South Florida remains in the top 10 this week at No. 6 with victories at Louisville and Villanova at home. Old Dominion continues to climb the chart, jumping another three spots to No. 8 with home wins over Georgia State and Hofstra.
UCLA, Louisville and Iona took the biggest hits this week. UCLA fell from No. 8 to No. 12 after stumbling at home against Cal State Northridge. Louisville tumbled from No. 15 to No. 22 with a loss to No. 6 USF and a tie to Rutgers. Iona drops out of the rankings after spending three weeks in the top 20.
West Virginia gave Connecticut its first loss of the season, which pushed the Huskies down to No. 5 in the poll. However, the Mountaineers could not maintain their momentum, suffering a 2-1 loss to Providence in the NSCAA College Game of the Week on FOX Soccer last Friday. Providence received several votes but was unable to break into the rankings.
Stanford and Oklahoma State remain at No.1 and No. 2, respectively, for the seventh consecutive week. The Cardinal finished the weekend with two home wins over first-year Pac-12 members Utah and Colorado, while Oklahoma State took home a win at Baylor and a draw at Texas A&M.
Duke climbed its way to No. 4 this week on the strength of wins over ACC foes Wake Forest and Maryland. Maryland’s two losses bumped them down one spot on the weekend, while Wake Forest slipped from No. 3 to No. 7. The Blue Devil victories weren’t enough to move past Pepperdine this week. Pepperdine moved into the No. 3 spot with two wins over Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
Similar to the men, three teams suffered significant drops this week. Milwaukee fell five spots to No. 15 after a 3-1 non-conference loss to Illinois State, while Boston College moved down to No. 21 after losing at home to North Carolina. William & Mary fell out of the rankings with a road loss to Virginia Commonwealth after being ranked for the past two weeks.
During the women’s NSCAA College Game of the Week last Thursday, Virginia’s 4-0 win over Virginia Tech pushed them into the top 10 at No. 9.

Click here for the full list of men’s and women’s NSCAA/Continental Tire national rankings.


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