Welcome to NESCAC Insider’s weekly rankings roundup, your one-stop shop for national and regional polls across the board.
Volleyball |Bowdoin nationally ranked for first time ever
For the first time ever, Bowdoin’s volleyball team cracked the national top 25 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Div. III poll released on Tuesday. The Polar Bears are currently ranked No. 25 in the nation after jumping out to a 15-1 start, the best in program history. Their only loss came on Sept. 9 against 17th-ranked UMass Boston; since then, Bowdoin’s reeled off a 14-game win streak, including the school’s first-ever win versus Williams on Friday.
Tufts received 5 votes in the poll.
Men’s Soccer |Amherst, Wesleyan stand tall
National No. 4 Amherst and No. 9 Wesleyan continued their stranglehold on the New England top 10, ranked first and second respectively in the latest poll. While the Lord Jeffs kept their spot in the NSCAA national top 25, the Cardinals moved up from 11th. On Tuesday, Amherst beat Trinity 1-0 and extended its win streak over the Bantams to 13. Now 9-0-1, the Lord Jeffs are off to their best start since 2007.
In the regional poll, Williams is ranked 5th after giving Amherst its first non-win of the season in a 2-2 tie, while Middlebury is ranked 10th after defeating Castleton St. and Hamilton this past week.
Women’s Soccer | Lord Jeffs up six spots in national poll
Following a 3-0 win over Williams, Amherst springboarded up the national top 25 from 14th to 8th. Undefeated at 8-0 on the season, the Lord Jeffs are also ranked first in the New England top 10. The Ephs, meanwhile, dropped to second in the region and fell seven spots to No. 14 in the national rankings.
Across the region, Tufts is ranked 5th after a 2-0 loss to Endicott and a 3-1 win over Conn. College, while Middlebury is ranked 6th after losses to RPI and Hamilton.
Field Hockey | NESCAC presence relatively unchanged in top 25
The conference’s presence throughout the NFHCA top 25 poll remained relatively static this week. Bowdoin fell one spot from 2nd to 3rd but still received seven first-place votes. Amherst (8th) and Middlebury (10th) are the other NESCAC squads in the national top 10.
Tufts and Trinity, ranked 13th and 15th, respectively, rounded out the conference’s strong showing.