MCLA 2020 Week 1 Polls Released

The MCLA 2020 Week 1 polls have been released, with South Carolina and Minnesota-Duluth sitting atop the Division I and Division II MCLA New Balance Coaches Polls, respectively.

MCLA 2020 Week 1 Polls: New Balance Coaches Polls (Division I, Division II)

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Division I

It has shed a couple of first-place votes from the preseason, but defending national champion South Carolina is still comfortably atop the charts in the Week 1 MCLA Division I New Balance Coaches Poll, which was released on Feb. 18.

The Gamecocks (5-0) grabbed 17 of the 22 total first-place votes to push it 14 points clear of No. 2 California (4-0). The Golden Bears shed three first-place votes from the preseason and hold just two after the start of the season.

Chapman (3-0) and Georgia Tech (4-0) hold steady in the third and fourth positions, respectively, while each picked up a first-place vote with some early success.

Cal Poly (4-0) jumped up five spots from the preseason and now sits in the fifth chair with one first-place vote.

The SELC is the most well-represented conference in this first poll, gobbling up six of the Top 25 spots. Both the WCLL and CLC have four teams each.

RANK TEAM POINTS 1st VOTES
1. South Carolina 541 17
2. California 527 2
3. Chapman 498 1
4. Georgia Tech 487 1
5. Cal Poly 456 1
6. Liberty 440
7. Florida State 391
8. Colorado 389
9t. Brigham Young 333
9t. New Hampshire 333
11. Concordia-Irvine 302
12. Michigan State 287
13. USC 253
14. Connecticut 241
15. Utah Valley 231
16. Virginia Tech 215
17. Dominican 186
18. Santa Clara 184
19. Clemson 171
20. Oregon 158
21. Grand Canyon 95
22. Boston College 84
23. Minnesota 66
24. Arizona State 65
25. Arizona 41

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (25), Southern Methodist (23), Colorado State (22), Texas (21), Pittsburgh (19), San Diego State (10), Florida (9), Washington (9), Georgia (8), UC Santa Barbara (8), Northeastern (7), Tennessee (6), Auburn (4), Arkansas (3), LSU (1), Oregon State (1).

Division II

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With a solid start to the season, including a win over a ranked Division I program, Minn.-Duluth has ascended into the top spot of the Week 1 MCLA Division II New Balance Coaches Poll for the period ending Feb. 18.

The Bulldogs (3-0), which were third in the preseason, handed then-No. 18 Minnesota its only loss of the season and has since taken down No. 10 Montana (2-2) and No. 15 Montana State (0-2).

Duluth has 14 of the 22 first-place votes cast this week.

Defending champion and preseason No. 1 St. Thomas (2-1) takes a step back with a loss to that same Minnesota team, but the Tommies still have seven first-place votes and sit just three total points behind their UMLC and in-state rival.

Dayton (0-0) snagged the remaining first-place vote to have them comfortably at No. 3.

North Dakota State (0-0) and College of Idaho (0-0), neither of which have started their seasons, are at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

As usual, the UMLC owns six of the top seven spots in the poll with No. 6 Grand Valley State (0-0) and No. 7 St. John’s (0-1) following the Yotes.

RANK TEAM POINTS 1st VOTES
1. Minn.-Duluth 535 14
2. St. Thomas 532 7
3. Dayton 504 1
4. North Dakota State 478
5. College of Idaho 464
6. Grand Valley State 431
7. St. John’s 402
8. Kennesaw State 392
9. North Florida 356
10. Montana 324
11. Northern Arizona 306
12. UC Davis 293
13. Florida Gulf Coast 255
14. Utah State 250
15. Montana State 233
16. Bridgewater State 176
17. Missouri State 175
18. UC San Diego 160
19. Loyola Marymount 138
20. UNC-Charlotte 113
21. Rhode Island 107
22. Cal State San Marcos 105
23. Central Conn. State 86
24. San Diego 63
25. MSU Denver 48

Others receiving votes: Florida Atlantic (40), Rice (28), Wake Forest (23), UC Irvine (21), Western Oregon (18), Stonehill (14), Oklahoma State (13), Sierra Nevada (13), Central Washington (12), Appalachian State (10), Baylor (7), Colorado Denver (7), Claremont (5), Saint Mary’s (4), WashU (4), UT-San Antonio (2), Colorado Mines (1), TAMU-Galveston (1), Western Washington (1).

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