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Men's D-II Announces Third Ranking of 2018-19 Season

Date:  Source: ACHA

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Florida Gulf Coast University and Penn State once again lead the way in the Southeast as the ACHA Men’s Division 2 released its’ third ranking.  Both team have held the spots in the previous two rankings.  The race for #3 tightened up with week as four teams, NC State, Cincinnati, Liberty, and Delaware all ended up with the same ranking.  The MACH continues to lead in league representation with six teams in the Top 20. 
  • New Team(s) in Top 20 this week:  Penn State
  • Team(s) that fell out of Top 20 this week: Millersville
Marian University and Aquinas College continue to fight for the top spot in the Central.  This week also saw Lindenwood and Grand Valley State flip spots, with Lindenwood now in the 3rd spot.  Finlandia continues to impress in their first year in the ACHA as they move up five spots from #20 to #15.  Marquette also makes its first appearance of the season as they enter the rankings at #19
  • New Team(s) in Top 20 this week:  Marquette, Wisconsin
  • Team(s) that fell out of Top 20 this week: Davenport
UMass-Amherst maintained the top spot in the region this past week despite losing a close game with the new #2 Boston College.  RPI jumped from #8 last week to #3 this week with wins over Montclair State and #4 Northeastern.  #5 Norwich remains in the top 5 followed closely by Holy Cross and the team that made a big move this week #7 Keene State. 
  • New teams in the top twenty are #18 Providence College, #20 Bridgewater State and #14 UMass Lowell.
There was no change in the top four teams in the West this week.  #1 University of Mary solidified their spot at #1 going 3-0-1 this past weekend at the Bee Hive Classic in Utah beating # 13 BYU, #7 CSU-Northridge and #4 Northern Arizona.  Northern Colorado also proved themselves this past weekend with wins over Michigan State, #15 Weber State, and #4 Northern Arizona.  CSU-Northridge jump five spots from #12 to #7 with 3 wins and a loss but the loss was to the top team in the land.  Grand Canyon celebrated their acceptance in to D1 for the 2019-20 season  by going 2-1-1 beat #12 Williston and tying  #1 University of Mary
Next Ranking will be released on December 6, 2018.
These rankings will be used to determine the field of teams for the ACHA postseason tournaments.  The top two teams from each region will secure an automatic bid to the 2019 ACHA Men’s D2 National Championships. The third ranked team through tenth ranked team in each region will then participate in a Regional.  Two additional teams are included in the Regional, either with a League Autobid or Wild Card teams.  Two teams from each region will secure bids to the Nationals through these Regional Tournaments, completing the 16 team field. 
Final Ranking will be released on February 13, 2019.