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Men DII College Rankings Week #13

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Men DII College Rankings Week #13

Luc DesRoches for Minnesota-Duluth. Henry Elholm photo.

And so, finally, the final Men's DII rankings.

Minnesota-Duluth was ranked #1 all through the fall, and never wavered. Wisconsin-Whitewater was ranked #2 all fall and never wavered. Everything, in the end, is measured against them. Georgetown keeps a relatively high ranking because they alone were challengers to Towson and Salisbury in the Potomac/Capital region. Rowan stays high because they almost beat Towson.

We bump Salisbury over Towson based on observation from this past weekend, but it's a close one. 

There are, of course, DII-level teams around the rest of the country, but they compete as NSCRO teams. The lack of crossover competition between all of these teams still makes it difficult to rank, and certainly it makes it difficult for some teams to figure out what the highest standard is.

UMD and UWW have been the top teams in the nation because they are athletic, and powerful, but also because they play together, even when things get bad. That's the difference. That's why they are the best.


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