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Men DII College Rankings Week #12

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Men DII College Rankings Week #12

Minnesota-Duluth v GVSU. Henry Elholm photo.

Most of our Men's DII College Rankings have held up nicely in the final stages of the national playoffs, but not perfectly.

The biggest issue for us was Salisbury and Towson. Salisbury's early-season non-conference loss to Mount St. Mary's hung heavy on their ranking, and when they beat Towson, only to lose to Towson in the conference final. All of that had us in a bit of a state, because we were pretty sure that Salisbury and Towson were very strong, but they both had losses on their record, enough to bump them out of the top four. The difference between those two and the other two, Rowan and VMI, weren't exactly out of place - Rowan lost to Towson by three, and and VMI lost to Salisbury by nine. 

Mines drops behind Lindenwood-Belleville on the basis of a one-point loss to to the Lynx. The Lynx are behind Grand Valley State because GVSU had a better score v Minnesota-Duluth than did Lindenwood-Belleville.

Rhode Island moves up after pushing Wisconsin-Whitewater in the closest game of the season for the Warhawks. Georgetown moves up because the teams that beat them, Towson and Salisbury, proved they are really good. Coast Guard moves up after a strong performance against Towson, and after beating IUP. And so it goes. Teams that were beaten badly in the playoffs drop down. The teams in their conferences sometimes move down, too.

This is the second-last DII rankings for the fall. We will update them after the final-four weekend. 


Goff Rugby Report 2015-16 Men DII College Rankings #12
Rank Prev Team Conference Notes
1 1 Minnesota-Duluth (Minn.) Northern Lights Defeated GVSU (8), Lindenwood-B (9)
2 2 UW-Whitewater (Wisc.) WIIL North Defeated Springfield (32), URI (20)
3 5 Towson (Md.) Capital Defeated Coast Guard (21), Rowan (5)
4 6 Salisbury (Md.) Capital Defeated VI (3), UNC-W (10)
5 4 Rowan (NJ) MARC Defeated UM-Lowell (17), lost to Towson (5)
6 3 VMI (Va.) Cardinals Lost to Salisbury (6)
7 8 Grand Valley State (Mich.) Great Lakes North Lost to UM-Duluth (1)
8 9 Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) WIIL South Defeated Mines (7), lost to UM-Duluth (1)
9 7 Colorado Sch. of Mines (Colo.) Rocky Mountain Lost to Lindenwood-Belleville (9)
10 10 UNC Wilminton (NC) Southern Defeated RPI (24), lost to Salisbury (6)
11 11 Northern Iowa (Iowa) WIIL South Idle
12 12 UMS&T (Mo.) Gateway Idle
13 20 Rhode Island (RI) NECRC Defeated Oswego (19), lost to UW-Whitewater (2)
14 25 Georgetown (DC) Capital Idle
15 21 Coast Guard Academy (Conn.) NECRC Lost to Towson (5)
16 15 Coastal Carolina (SC) Southern Idle
17 28 IUP (Pa) MARC Idle
18 14 Old Dominion (Va.) Cardinals Idle
19 22 Xavier (Ohio) Great Lakes South Idle
20 13 Northern Michigan (Mich.) WIIL North Idle
21 16 East Carolina (NC) Southern Idle
22 18 UW-Lacrosse (Wisc.) WIIL North Idle
23 23 Vermont (Vt.) NECRC Idle
24 17 UMass Lowell (Mass.) Rugby Northeast Lost to Rowan (4)
25 24 RPI (NY) Tri-State Idle
26 29 St. Louis (Mo.) Gateway Idle
27 35 Mary Washington (Va.) Cardinals Idle
28 34 York (Pa.) MARC Idle
29 19 SUNY Oswego (NY) Upstate NY Lost to Rhode Island (20)
30 26 Roger Williams (RI) Rugby Northeast Idle
31 27 SUNY Cortland (NY) Upstate NY Idle
32 30 Winona (Minn.) Northern Lights Idle
33 31 North Dakota State (ND) Northern Lights Idle
34 32 Springfield (Mass.) New England-Wide Lost to UW-Whitewater (2)
35 33 Spring Hill (Ala.) Deep South Idle
36 36 Bryant (RI) Rugby Northeast Idle
37 37 Molloy (NY) Tri-State Idle
38 38 Illinois State (Ill.) WIIL South Idle
39 39 Plymouth State (NH) Colonial Coast Idle
40 40 Niagara (NY) Upstate NY Idle
41 41 Salve Regina (RI) Colonial Coast Idle
42 42 Furman (SC) South Idle
43 43 Bentley (Mass.) Rugby Northeast Idle
44 Unr Westfield State (Mass.) New England-Wide Idle
45 44 Sacred Heart (NY) Tri-State Idle
46 46 UW-Milwaukee (Wisc.) WIIL North Idle
47 45 Endicott (Mass.) Colonial Coast Idle
48 47 Louisiana-Lafayette (La.) Deep South Idle
49 49 NJIT (NJ) Tri-State Idle
50 50 Providence College (RI) Rugby Northeast Idle