Falling one point — the margin between a first and second place tally — short of unanimity, the St. Norbert Green Knights enter the postseason on a 24-game unbeaten streak, after back-to-back shutouts of Lake Forest last weekend.
The nationâ€™s new No. 2, Plattsburgh, capitalized on a 6-0 blanking of Potsdam and the loss and tie of formerly second ranked Elmira to then-No. 10 Hobart to displace the Soaring Eagles from that position for the first time in over a month. Equally opportunistic was Manhattanville, who — despite splitting a series with No. 15 Neumann — managed to move up one spot.
A more understandable ascension came from the defending national champions. Winners now of seven in a row, the Oswego Lakers rose four spots after defeating Fredonia 4-1 to set up a highly anticipated showdown with second ranked Plattsburgh in the SUNYAC championship game Saturday evening.
Despite struggling on the weekend — shutout 4-0 by Colby before besting then-No. 11 Bowdoin, 6-4 — Norwich remained at No. 6 while Hobart rose three spots after taking three points from new No. 3 Elmira.
Landing in the eighth spot is St. Thomas, who fell four spots after splitting with St. Olaf.
Inexplicably, Adrian actually dropped a spot, despite outscoring their opponent 17-1 on the weekend. Their receiving of the other first place vote — again holding off perfection — perhaps provides a bit solace but irregardless of their perceived lack of competition, the Bulldogs have won 18 straight games — none by fewer than three goals, save a 5-4 overtime win over Marian on Feb. 2.
After defeating Amherst and Hamilton, Middlebury rose two spots to No. 10. By virtue of a sweep of in-state rival Superior, University of Wisconsin-Stout also jumped up two places, landing at No. 11.
The Bowdoin Polar Bears, who beat St. Michaelâ€™s 8-2 before falling to No. 6 Norwich, 6-4, dropped a rung to No. 12, tied with UW-River Falls, who dubiously fell five spots after taking just one point at home from St. Scholastica.
Babsonâ€™s two wins over Conn. College (in OT) and Tufts held them steady at No. 14 while Neumannâ€™s split with new No. 4 Manhattanville didnâ€™t help them at all with the fickle voters.