Standing with a 7-0 record, Hastings defeated then-No. 8 Kansas Wesleyan, 1-0, on Sept. 13 and then-No. 9 Grand View (Iowa), 2-1, on Sept. 17. The defending national champions next take on Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Sept. 25.
There was a lot of shifting within the poll. Only seven teams held their positions from the Sept. 13 edition. No. 18 Concordia (Calif.) made the biggest leap with 263 points. After a season-opening loss, the Eagles have won five-straight matches and out-scored their opponents 25-1 during the streak. The national mention is the first for Concordia since Sept. 21, 2010, with a No. 24 ranking.
No. 22 Embry-Riddle (Fla.), No. 23 Graceland (Iowa) and No. 25 Oklahoma Wesleyan join Concordia as this week’s newcomers. Since 2000, the mark is the first for Oklahoma Wesleyan. Graceland was last ranked on Sept. 22, 2009 (No. 17), while Embry-Riddle took one week off from being ranked.
Oklahoma Baptist (No. 16), Ashford (Iowa) (No. 22), Science & Arts (Okla.) (No. 24) and Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (No. 25) all fell out of the Top 25.
The Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) all place a quartet of schools in the Top 25. Hailing from the GSAC is: No. 6 Azusa Pacific (Calif.), No. 12 The Master’s (Calif.), No. 18 Concordia and No. 21 Biola (Calif.). No. 8 Missouri Valley, No. 10 Baker (Kan.), No. 15 Benedictine (Kan.) and No. 23 Graceland (Iowa) represent the HAAC, while the SSAC claims Mobile, Belhaven, No. 7 Southern Poly (Ga.) and No. 11 William Carey (Miss.). Both the Mid-South Conference and The Sun Conference place two teams each in the rankings. Overall, 14 of the 22 conferences/independents/unaffiliated groups are represented.
The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/ independents/unaffiliated groups. The fourth regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll will be announced on Sept. 27.
Notes: (All information dates back to 2000) There have been 39 programs ranked in four polls this season… Fifth-ranked Belhaven (Miss.) garners its first top-five ranking since polls date back to 2000… With four No. 1 rankings since 2000, all coming in the last four polls, Hastings (Neb.) is eighth on the list for most top rankings… No. 3 Rio Grande (Ohio) has been ranked in the top 10 for the last 27-straight polls, dating back to the start of the 2009 season… Rio Grande holds the most No. 1 mentions since 2000 with 36… Overall, there have been 16 different teams to claim the No. 1 spot, after Rio Grande there is Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) is second (31) and is followed by Bethel (Tenn.) (11), Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (9), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (5) and Concordia (Calif.) (5)… Lindsey Wilson holds the distinction of being consecutively ranked the longest among active schools – 48-straight polls, dating back to the 2007 Preseason Top 25 Poll… Rio Grande is next in line with 42, followed by Azusa Pacific with 35 and Hastings with 33… Since 2000, two teams have rattled through the entire season ranked No. 1 – Bethel in 2009 and Rio Grande during the 2004 season.
|RANK||LAST WEEK^||SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES)||2011 RECORD||TOTAL POINTS|
|1||1||Hastings (Neb.) (22)||7-0-0||622|
|3||3||Rio Grande (Ohio)||5-0-0||582|
|4||4||Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)||4-0-0||562|
|6||7||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)||5-1-0||518|
|7||5||Southern Poly (Ga.)||7-1-0||489|
|9||9||Grand View (Iowa)||6-1-0||456|
|11||11||William Carey (Miss.)||4-0-0||423|
|12||15||The Master's (Calif.)||6-0-0||396|
|24||24||La Sierra (Calif.)||5-2-0||115|
Others receiving votes: Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 91; Taylor (Ind.) 89; Science & Arts (Okla.) 86; Reinhardt (Ga.) 71; Park (Mo.) 62; Illinois Tech 50; Ashford (Iowa) 32; Rogers State (Okla.) 31; Indiana Tech 26; SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 22; Cal State San Marcos 15; Lee (Tenn.) 15; McPherson (Kan.) 14; Vanguard (Calif.) 7; Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) 7; Asbury (Ky.) 6; Dordt (Iowa) 5; Indiana Wesleyan 4; Oklahoma Baptist 3; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 3; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 1; Milligan (Tenn.) 1; Cumberlands (Ky.) 1; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 1; Shorter (Ga.) 1; Huston-Tillotson (Texas) 1.