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The first full slate of DII games took place this past weekend and there was a bevy of movement. Several upsets and close games shift the rankings.
The top five all won comfortably this week and remain anchored in position. The closest game was a 30 point margin of victory for Norwich.
NC State slides up to number six after a close win over VMI 34-29. The Cadets, in this rare instance, move up despite the loss.
The reason NC State moves up is a combination of the win and several surprising results. The Coast Guard tied unranked Quinipiac and drops to 15. Colorado School of Mines played a close game with Colorado Mesa, who weeks prior, lost convincingly to Western State. Western moves up also the Mines moves down.
Both new teams to Rugby East impressed this weekend. In addition to Norwich, Middlebury started conference play with a strong win over St. Michael's.
Two new teams join the rankings this week. East Carolina stymied UNC-Wilmington 22-3 and comes in at number 19. Wilmington drops out. Marquette who defeated Northern Iowa, comes in the final slot with a 17-15 win.
|1||UW-Whitewater||Beat UW-Stout 89-5|
|2||Furman||Beat UNC-Greensboro 50-0|
|3||Norwich||Beat Southern Connecticut 42-5|
|4||Minnesota Duluth||Beat North Dakota 84-0|
|5||North Dakota State||Beat St. Cloud 63-5|
|6||Illinois State||Beat Loyola 68-17|
|7||NC State||Beat VMI 34-29|
|8||VMI||Lost to NC State 34-29|
|9||Western State||Beat Colorado Springs 28-0 (fft)|
|10||Middlebury||Beat St. Michael's 46-0|
|11||UW-Milwaukee||Beat UW-Lacrosse 77-0|
|12||UNC-Charlotte||Beat Western Carolina 28-0 (FFT)|
|13||Bentley||Beat Umass-Lowell 19-18|
|14||Colorado School of Mines||Beat Colorado Mesa 27-19|
|15||Coast Guard||Tied Quinipiac 19-19|
|18||Grand Valley State||Lost to Michigan 29-13|
|19||Eastern Carolina||Beat UNC-Wilmington 22-3|
|20||Southern Connecticut||Lost to Norwich 42-5|
|21||Providence||Beat Roger Willams 37-12|
|22||Hartford||Beat WPI 39-7|
|23||Northern Michigan||Beat UW-Platteville 41-5|
|24||York||Beat Scranton 15-14|
|25||Marquette||Beat Northern Iowa 17-15|
|Northern Iowa||Lost to Marquette 17-15|
|UNC-Wilmington||Lost to ECU 22-3|