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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.
|5||North Dakota State|
|9||Colorado School of Mines|
|19||Grand Valley State|