Mustangs New No. 1 After Taking Down Cal; Duluth Hangs On To No. 1 Spot Despite Loss

This week’s 2020 MCLA New Balance Coaches Poll for March 11 saw Cal Poly take over the top spot in Division I, while Minnesota-Duluth held on to the No. 1 spot in Division II despite losing to Kennesaw State, who it tied with for first-place votes.

2020 MCLA New Balance Coaches Poll: March 11

Division I

With five top-25 wins already in the books, Cal Poly has taken over the top spot in the MCLA Division I New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending March 10.

The Mustangs (8-1) knocked off Cal (7-1) on Saturday to strengthen its resume for the No. 1 spot. The Golden Bears fell a spot to No. 3 in the poll.

New Hampshire (3-0), coming off a spectacular road trip that resulted in wins over former No. 1 – and now No. 8 – South Carolina (9-2) and No. 5 Georgia Tech (8-2), catapulted up to the second chair.

Liberty (6-0) sits tight at No. 4.

Buffalo (1-1) and Colorado State (3-0) enter the poll this week, displacing Auburn (6-3) and Minnesota (5-3).

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The Poll

RANK TEAM POINTS 1st VOTES
1. Cal Poly 556 11
2. New Hampshire 547 11
3. California 517
4. Liberty 504
5. Georgia Tech 474
6. Chapman 430 1
7. Colorado 425
8. South Carolina 418
9. Boston College 392
10. Florida State 369
11. Brigham Young 358
12. USC 348
13. Santa Clara 301
14. Utah Valley 241
15. Clemson 201
16. Dominican 193
17. Virginia Tech 172
18. Concordia-Irvine 162
19. Michigan State 153
20. Oregon 148
21. Florida 92
22. Buffalo 89
23. Colorado State 82
24. Georgia 75
25. Connecticut 74

Others receiving votes: Auburn (69), Texas (25), Southern Methodist (22), Pittsburgh (16), Tennessee (13), Minnesota (8), San Diego State (1).

Division II

Despite five teams splitting the first-place votes this week, Minn.-Duluth has managed to hold on to the top spot in the MCLA Division II New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending March 10.

The Bulldogs (6-1) grabbed seven first-place votes, which was the same number of top picks as No. 2 Kennesaw State (6-1). Duluth had enough down-ballot strength to edge out Kennesaw despite the Owls beating the Bulldogs head-to-head at Music City Judgement.

Dayton (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season at Judgement, but holds steady in the third chair.

Grand Valley State (3-0) moves from sixth to a tie at No. 4 with St. Thomas (4-2). The Lakers snagged a pair of first-place votes while the Tommies had five.

College of Idaho (2-0) fell two spots to No. 7, but did pick up a first-place vote along the way.

No new teams entered the poll this week.

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The Poll

RANK TEAM POINTS 1st VOTES
1. Minn.-Duluth 519 7
2. Kennesaw State 507 7
3. Dayton 490
4t. Grand Valley State 484 2
4t. St. Thomas 484 5
6. North Dakota State 450
7. College of Idaho 431 1
8. St. John’s 402
9. Montana 335
10. Northern Arizona 331
11. UC Davis 326
12. Florida Gulf Coast 269
13. Montana State 260
14. UC San Diego 216
15. Rhode Island 209
16. Missouri State 189
17. Utah State 188
18. Florida Atlantic 167
19. Bridgewater State 154
20. Cal State San Marcos 139
21. Loyola Marymount 117
22. MSU Denver 112
23. Central Conn. State 110
24. North Florida 50
25. UNC-Charlotte 48

Others receiving votes: San Diego (41), Colorado Denver (30), Rice (24), Elon (23), Wake Forest (9), Western Oregon (9), Stonehill (8), Wester Washington (6), Sierra Nevada (5), Oklahoma State (3), Charleston (2), Saint Mary’s (2), UC Irvine (1).

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