Week Two – Division III Massachusetts College Basketball Poll
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to unveil our second annual Division III college hoops poll. Here are our Top-5 teams for various Men and Women’s squads from Massachusetts, enjoy.
1.) Amherst College (2-0) (Last Week/No. 2) – The Lord Jeffs leapfrogged to the top spot in our poll after two convincing wins last week against Plymouth State and Washington & Lee. They’ll look to push their current winning streak to three games on Tuesday at Western New England. Willy Workman and Aaron Toomey currently lead the squad with points, while Peter Kaasila has recorded 13 rebounds in two games.
2.) MIT (3-0) (Last Week/No. 3) – The Engineers enjoyed a great win against Rensselaer on Saturday and will look to keep their winning streak going against Endicott College and Suffolk University this week.
3.) Williams College (1-1) (Last Week/No. 1) – After defeating Southern Vermont, the Ephs dropped their first contest of the season against Salem State on Saturday, and of course, dropped two spots in our poll. Wins against MCLA and Wesleyan will help Williams rebound, and get back on track.
4.) WPI (2-0) (Last Week/No. 5) – Replacing Jeffery Robinson was the biggest question for the Engineers, but against Husson and Castleton State, WPI performed quite well, as they earned two significant wins. The Engineers will return to their home court for a critical contest on Tuesday against Elms College.
5.) Babson College (4-0) (Last Week/Not Ranked) – The Beavers won four games they were supposed to win, but now the question is can they keep their momentum going? Most likely, Babson should finish the month of November undefeated, as well as pick up wins against Curry College and Lasell.
1.) Amherst College (2-0) (Last Week/No. 1) – The Lord Jeffs stayed put, as they manhandled Norwich and Saint Lawrence this past weekend by a combined score of 183-101. Amherst should increase its win total to three games on Tuesday evening when they travel to Mount Holyoke before a quick Thanksgiving break.
2.) Williams College (2-0) (Last Week/No. 3) – Handing Babson their first regular loss since January of 2010 was a huge boost for the Ephs, who jumped one spot in our weekly poll. Williams contained Whitman, but now faces a challenging western Massachusetts foe on Tuesday against Springfield College, who’s currently [2-1].
3.) Babson College (3-1)(Last Week/No. 2) – Beating Brandies and Tufts were necessary, but losing to Williams College was shocking. The Beavers should certainly bounce back against a few NEWMAC foes over the course of the next few weeks before facing University of Wisconsin-Stout at the Southern Maine Tournament.
4.) WPI (2-1) (Last Week/No. 4) – Despite dropping their first official contest of the season against Brandies, the Engineers rebounded with two back-to-back wins against Anna Maria and Worcester State. The Engineers will look to keep their winning ways going against Connecticut College, Rhode Island College and Babson College.
5.) Smith College (3-0) (Last Week/Not Ranked) – The Pioneers have done quite well outside the conference, and can add another victory to their win total against Elms College on Tuesday. Wins against Mount Holyoke and Wheaton College will also help them keep pace with Babson and WPI in the conference standings.