MINNEAPOLIS — Manhattanville and Oswego are tied at No. 1 in the first USCHO.com Division III men’s poll of 2007. The Valiants, idle over the break, received eight first-place votes, while Oswego, winner of its first holiday tournament, received the remaining top nods.
St. Norbert stands pat in third place, while league rival Wisconsin-River falls is up one spot to No. 4. Also moving up were Middlebury, from sixth to fifth, and Neumann, up two spots to a best-ever No. 6.
Tied for seventh are Wisconsin-Stout and Wisconsin-Superior; Stout stood at No. 7 in the last poll of 2006, while the Yellowjackets have dropped three places.
Norwich and Hobart follow at No. 9 and No. 10 respectively, the same positions they were at in the previous poll.
No. 11 Bowdoin, still undefeated, moves up two places while No. 12 Utica drops one. Also moving down one position is Mass.-Dartmouth to No. 13, while Amherst stays at No. 14. Entering the poll tied for No. 15 are Curry and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Other teams receiving votes were Plattsburgh, Skidmore and Geneseo.
The USCHO.com Poll is compiled weekly and consists of 15 voters, including 13 coaches of Division III programs and two hockey writers. USCHO.com provides in-depth coverage of college sports, including hockey, lacrosse, soccer and others.