D-II Poll: Bulldogs Strengthen Grip

ATLANTA – Despite an idle week, Minn.-Duluth strengthened its top spot in the MCLA Division II New Balance Weekly Coaches Poll for the period ending Feb. 25.

The Bulldogs (3-0) snagged 19 of the 22 first-place votes submitted this week, moving 22 points clear of the second spot. Duluth won’t return to action until the weekend of March 7 when they square off with three ranked teams in Nashville.

Preseason No. 1 and defending national champion St. Thomas (2-1) sits tight at No. 2 while collecting a pair of first-place votes. The Tommies will also see its next action in Nashville.

Dayton (0-0) remains at No. 3 with one first-place vote and will finally get their season cooking this weekend when they head to Missouri for three games.

North Dakota (1-0) and College of Idaho (0-0) round out the top five spots.

MCLA Division II New Balance Coaches Poll – Week 2

1. Minn.-Duluth 544 19
2. St. Thomas 522 2
3. Dayton 496 1
4. North Dakota State 489
5. College of Idaho 461
6. Grand Valley State 440
7. St. John’s 405
8. Kennesaw State 395
9. Northern Arizona 330
10. Montana 329
11. UC Davis 311
12. Florida Gulf Coast 263
13. Montana State 242
14. Utah State 241
15. North Florida 224
16. Missouri State 193
17. UC San Diego 182
18. Bridgewater State 174
19. Loyola Marymount 128
20. Cal State San Marcos 127
21. Central Conn. State 108
22. Rhode Island 107
23. UNC-Charlotte 102
24. MSU Denver 72
25. Florida Atlantic 62

Others receiving votes: San Diego (56), College of Charleston (41), Rice (26), Western Oregon (18), Wake Forest (15), Colorado Denver (13), UC Irvine (12), Stonehill (7), Washington-Mo. (6), Oklahoma State (3), Saint Mary’s (3), Claremont (2), Sierra Nevada (1).

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.