TOWSON, Md. - The second edition of the all-important NCAA regional rankings came out Wednesday for field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball. Between the five sports, eight Landmark teams were ranked in their respective regions.
The NCAA regional rankings are traditionally a strong indication of a team's chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, should it not secure an automatic bid with a conference championship.
Field Hockey: Catholic University comes in at No. 4 this week in the South Atlantic Region. The Cardinals are on a nine-game winning streak, dating back to September 23 when the Cards defeated Susquehanna 4-1. Catholic currently is 6-0 in the Landmark and will battle Scranton Saturday, October 28 for the No. 1 seed.
Catholic has wins over three regionally ranked teams – Rowan (sixth in the South Atlantic region), Christopher Newport (first in the South region), Salisbury (second in the South region), and lost to The College of New Jersey (second in the South Atlantic region) and Messiah, who ranks first in the same region.
Volleyball: Juniata College leads the pack in sixth, followed by the University of Scranton in seventh and Susquehanna University of No. 8.
Juniata has wins over eight regionally ranked teams – Vassar (first in the New York region), Ithaca (second in the New York region), Swarthmore (ninth in the Mid-Atlantic region), Wesleyan Conn. (fourth in the New England region), Roger Williams (ninth in the New England region), Randolph-Macon (fourth in the South region), Washington & Lee (fifth in the South region), and Carnegie Mellon (first in the Mid-Atlantic region).
Scranton currently own victories over five regionally ranked teams – Whittier (third in the West region), Kean (seventh in the New York region), La Verne (eighth in the West region), Stockton (ninth in the New York region), and SUNY Geneseo (11th in New York region).
Susquehanna has beaten two still-ranked teams this season, including, Randolph-Macon (fourth in South region), and Brockport (fifth in New York region). The River Hawks also defeated Mary Washington, who was once ranked.
Men’s Soccer: Drew University moved up a spot in the region from No. 7 to No. 6 while Elizabethtown College remained at No. 10. Since entering the United Coaches of America’s national poll on Oct. 3, Drew has seen its ranking improve 13 places. The Rangers were ranked 24th on Oct. 3 before moving up to No. 23 on Oct. 10 and No. 20 last week to No. 11 this week.
Elizabethtown put themselves in a good spot for in the postseason race thanks to a 1-0 win at Susquehanna. The Blue Jays and Cardinals are tied for second with 10 points each.
Women’s Soccer: The University of Scranton moved up a spot to No. 4 while Susquehanna dropped to No. 6 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Scranton won twice last week to push their unbeaten streak to 11 straight matches, including six consecutive victories and have clinched the top-seed in the Landmark Championships.
Alyssa Bolger scored the only goal of the game as the River Hawks secured a second place finish and a home game in the Landmark Conference Championships with the 1-0 win at Elizabethtown. With the win, Susquehanna will host Catholic University in a semifinal match of the Landmark Tournament on Nov. 1.