Crossroads League in the NAIA National Polls | November 6-12
KANSAS CITY – The NAIA released a new batch of Top-25 Polls this week for the sports of soccer, cross country, baseball and golf. The Crossroads League placed 16 teams in those polls and currently boasts a total of 27 teams ranked or receiving votes.
WOMEN’S SOCCER (Next Poll on December 6)
No. 3 Spring Arbor (18-1-1, 8-0-1 CL) remained at No. 3 in the final poll of the regular season, garnering 443 points. The Cougars will host No. 14 Marian for the 2017 CL Tournament Championship on November 11 at 2:00 pm.
No. 14 Marian (15-2-3, 6-0-3 CL) hauled in 271 points to stay at No. 14 in the latest rankings. The Knights will play at No. 3 SAU on Saturday in search of the CL Tournament Title.
RV Indiana Wesleyan (12-3-3, 5-2-2 CL) continued to receive votes with five points, after finishing third in the CL standings during the regular season.
MEN’S SOCCER (Next Poll on December 6)
No. 21 Spring Arbor (16-3-1, 8-1 CL) earned 189 points in the final poll of the regular season and did not change position. The Cougars will play for a spot in the NAIA National Tournament when it hosts Grace for the CL Tournament Championship on Saturday, November 11 at 5:00 pm.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (Next Poll on November 23)
No. 4 Taylor claimed 502 points in the final poll of the regular season, slipping one spot after racing to a fifth-straight CL Championship and clinching an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships on November 18.
No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan also fell one position with 284 points. The Wildcats finished second at the league meet and earned an at-large bid to join No. 4 TU in Vancouver, Washington on November 18.
No. 24 Marian earned 161 points in the final poll to remain in the Top-25 but did not receive an at-large bid for Nationals after its third-place showing at the league meet.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY (Next Poll on November 23)
No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan claimed 357 points in the final poll of the regular season, slipping one spot after racing to a fourth CL Championships in five years to earn the league’s automatic bid to NAIA Nationals on November 18.
No. 19 Taylor jumped five spots in the new poll with 238 points. The Trojans finished five points back of No. 12 IWU at the league meet and earned at at-large bid to join the Wildcats at Nationals.
BASEBALL (Next Poll on March 6)
RV Huntington will open the 2018 season just outside the Top-25, after securing 53 points in the preseason ratings. The Foresters went 35-13 last season, clinching the regular season and tournament titles for the Crossroads League.
WOMEN’S GOLF (Next Poll on March 9)
No. 16 Taylor hauled in 231 points to climb seven spots to the top of the Crossroads League. The defending CL Champions won three tournaments this fall and finished second in the other three outings.
No. 25 Bethel slipped eight spots but hung onto a Top-25 ranking with 104 points. BC closed its fall season with a fifth-place showing at the NCCAA National Championships.
RV Marian dropped out of the Top-25 with 80 points in the new poll. The Knights played in four events this fall, winning two and finishing fifth in the other two.
RV Indiana Wesleyan climbed into the national spotlight with 15 points. IWU won the NCCAA Regional and finished fourth at NCCAA Nationals this fall.
MEN’S GOLF (Next Poll on March 9)
No. 15 Taylor held steady with 279 points in the updated ratings. The Trojans won four-of-six events this fall, finishing second and fourth in the other two outings.
RV Indiana Wesleyan jumped into the rankings with 9 points, after closing a successful fall campaign. IWU won the NCCAA Regional and took third at NCCAA Nationals.
CROSSROADS LEAGUE IN ADDITIONAL TOP-25 POLLS
VOLLEYBALL (Announced on October 31 – Next Poll on November 13)
RV Indiana Wesleyan
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (Announced on October 24 – Next Poll on November 28)
No. 1 Marian
No. 21 Saint Francis
RV Indiana Wesleyan
MEN’S BASKETBALL (Announced on October 24 – Next Poll on November 28)
No. 3 Saint Francis
No. 6 Indiana Wesleyan
No. 15 Taylor
No. 22 Bethel
RV Spring Arbor