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DII men’s college action starts this weekend so here are our first set of rankings for 2017. We do not know much about the programs this year, so much of what we are gauging is based off of the results from last season.

UW-Whitewater rolls in as the consensus number one. The Warhwarks swept their way to two national titles and only graduated a handful of players. They lose senior leader Eric Packowitz but the depth of the program and the skill that Whitewater possesses, particularly in its back line leave them as the team to beat.

Furman sits at number two after knocking off Minnesota Duluth last season. The Paladins, however, lost a number of players to graduation and will have to prove their way through a tough Southern Conference. For now, they stay at number two.

Norwich, and Duluth slot in at three and four, respectively.  The Cadets took bronze last season and Duluth is a perennial power.

After an impressive year that only features losses to Duluth, North Dakota State comes in at number. They are followed by the Coast Guard and North Carolina State.

Several teams that finished in the top 25 last season have elected to move up to DI. Rowan and SUNY Cortland are both out of the rankings. Rowan finished last season ranked in the top 10. After falling to Rowan by a point last season, Illinois State has earned the number eight.

The WIIL Conference continues to be considered the toughest in the country, with five teams making the top 25. Next is the Southern Conference who logged three teams.

 

Ranking8/31/17
1UW-Whitewater
2Furman
3Norwich
4Minnesota Duluth
5North Dakota State
6Coast Guard
7NC State
8Illinois State
9Colorado School of Mines
10Western State
11Bentley
12Middlebury
13UW-Milwaukee
14UNC-Charlotte
15UNC-Wilmington
16Principia
17Plymouth State
18VMI
19Grand Valley State
20Sacred Heart
21Southern Connecticut
22York
23Hartford
24Northern Iowa
25Northern Michigan