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North Carolina retains top spot in men’s Division top 25 NSCAA poll

By Jimmy LaRoue

North Carolina retains the top spot in this week’s men’s top 25 Division I NSCAA poll, receiving all 23 first place votes.

Andy Craven and Martin Murphy scored goals for the Tar Heels (3-0-0) in its win over Boston University (1-3-0) Sunday night. South Florida moves from fourth to second after picking up two wins over the holiday weekend–1-0 over SMU and 2-1 over Tulsa. Ben Sweat got his second-straight game-winning goal in the win over SMU.

Creighton, with a tie against then-No. 7 Akron and a 3-0 win over Rutgers, slips from second to third. Connecticut moves from fifth to a fourth place tie with Maryland, who climbs into the top five after a tie against UCLA and a 6-0 win over California. Connecticut needed overtime to defeat Dartmouth, 2-1, and won on the road, 1-0 at Michigan State.

Akron, Charlotte, New Mexico, UC Santa Barbara and Indiana round out the top 10. New Mexico fell from third to eighth after splitting a pair of matches this weekend, falling to XX and rebounding for a 3-1 win over SMU.

Rank School 1st Votes Total Points Prev. W-L-T
1 North Carolina 23 575 1 3-0-0
2 South Florida 0 531 4 3-0-0
3 Creighton 0 530 2 2-0-1
4 Connecticut 0 490 5 2-0-0
4 Maryland 0 490 6 2-0-1
6 Akron 0 466 7 2-0-1
7 Charlotte 0 420 8 2-0-1
8 New Mexico 0 394 3 2-1-0
9 UC Santa Barbara 0 385 9 2-0-1
10 Indiana 0 342 10 3-0-1
11 UC Irvine 0 327 12 3-0-0
12 St. John’s 0 293 15 3-0-1
13 Georgetown 0 283 21 4-0-0
14 UCLA 0 279 11 1-1-1
15 Old Dominion 0 229 19 2-0-0
15 Wake Forest 0 229 23 3-0-0
17 Notre Dame 0 207 RV 3-0-0
18 Louisville 0 169 14 1-1-0
19 Coastal Carolina 0 143 16 2-1-1
20 Marquette 0 79 RV 4-0-0
21 Washington 0 64 RV 3-0-1
22 Brown 0 60 24 1-0-0
23 North Carolina State 0 52 NR 4-0-0
24 Boston College 0 51 13 1-1-0
25 UAB 0 47 17 2-1-1

Records are as submitted by the rankers and reflect the current 2012 record as of Sept. 2

Also receiving votes: Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 46, Furman 44, Monmouth 37, Tulsa 34, SIUE 30, Northwestern 27, UC Riverside 25, Xavier 15, Western Michigan 15, Dayton 14, Villanova 14, Northeastern 11, Penn State 10, South Carolina, Evansville 7, College of Charleston 4

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