February 4, 2009

IWLCA Division II and III Preseason Polls Released

from press release

West Chester, the reigning NCAA Division II champion, begins the 2009 season on top of the IWLCA weekly polls. The Golden Rams earned 9 of the 10 first-place votes to rank first, followed by the C. W. Post Pioneers, who faced West Chester in the 2008 NCAA Championship final. The Pioneers were awarded one first-place vote and rank second nationally.

The PSAC leads all conferences with four schools in the top-10, lead by top-ranked West Chester. 2008 semifinalist Lock Haven comes in at No. 5 (tied), while conference rookies Mercyhurst (No. 7) and Gannon (No. 9) are also ranked. Three other conferences claim two members each, including the East Coast Conference, which claims No. 2 C.W. Post and No. 3 Adelphi. No. 4 Limestone and No. 10 Belmont Abbey represent Conference Carolinas and No. 5 (tied) Stonehill and No. 8 New Haven represent the Northeast-10.
The IWLCA poll will be released each week, beginning February 16.

IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll
1. West Chester      20-1   99      (9)
2. C. W. Post       17-2   86      (1)
3. Adelphi   16-1   84
4. Limestone  17-2   66
5t. Lock Haven       15-4    53
5t. Stonehill 14-3   53
7. Mercyhurst 12-3   29
8. New Haven  14-3   24
9. Gannon    11-4    14
10. Belmont Abbey    12-7    9

In Division III, Hamilton begins the 2009 season on top of the IWLCA weekly polls. The Continentals garnered 18 of the 20 first-place votes to rank first, followed by Franklin & Marshall, which faced the Continentals in the 2008 NCAA Championship final. The Dips took two first-place votes and rank second nationally. The other two semifinalists from 2008, Salisbury and TCNJ, rank third and fourth, respectively.

While both the Liberty League and the Centennial Conference claim three schools in the poll, led by top-ranked Hamilton and second-ranked Franklin & Marshall, the NESCAC boasts six schools, starting with No. 5 Middlebury. No. 8 Colby and No. 10 Amherst also reside in the top-10, while Trinity (No. 13), Tufts (No. 16), and Bowdoin (No. 20) speak to the depth of the conference.

Hamilton is joined in the top-10 by No. 7 Union, while conference-mate William Smith checks in at No. 18 for the Liberty League. The Centennial Conference claims No. 4 Gettysburg and No. 15 Dickinson in addition to the Dips.

The Capital Athletic Conference and the NJAC both have two schools; St. Mary's (No. 17) joins Salisbury from the CAC while Rowan (No. 19) is also a member of the NJAC.

Four other conferences are also represented in the top-20. Washington & Lee from the ODAC returns to the top-10 at No. 9. Babson (No. 11) of the NEWMAC comes in just above Cortland (No. 12) of the SUNYAC, while Catholic (No. 14) is just two spots below Cortland.

IWLCA Division III Preseason Poll
1. Hamilton  21-1   398     (18)
2. Franklin & Marshall     19-2   370     (2)
3. Salisbury 22-1   361
4. TCNJ     17-2    338
5. Middlebury       12-5    310
6. Gettysburg       17-4    283
7. Union    15-4    267
8. Colby    13-6    260
9. Washington & Lee  17-3   228
10. Amherst  15-4   226
11. Babson   16-3   178
12. Cortland 14-6   149
13. Trinity (CT)    11-7    143
14. Catholic 17-5   105
15. Dickinson       12-6    102
16. Tufts    10-5   95
17. St. Mary's       15-6    89
18. William Smith    13-4    78
19. Rowan    13-5    69
20. Bowdoin   9-7    51

Also receiving votes (in alphabetical order): Bates, Stevens


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