LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With a unanimous selection by the Division III Top 25 Committee, the 2012 NCAA Division III National Champion Lutes from Pacific Lutheran University will start the 2013 softball season as the NFCA Preseason No. 1 team.
Pacific Lutheran finished the 2012 season with a 45-11 record and atop the NFCA Division III Top 25 final poll after winning the national championship. Montclair State (44-9), Luther (41-9), Tufts (41-7) and Linfield (46-7) round out the top five, respectively.
Roanoke (35-11), Illinois Wesleyan (39-8), Christopher Newport (37-11), UT Texas-Tyler (39-9) and Eastern Connecticut (44-3) filled slots six through 10 to open up the new campaign in the top 10.
UW River Falls (34-15) suffered the greatest drop from the top 25, finishing last season at No. 15 but receiving no votes in the 2013 NFCA Top 25 Preseason Poll. COE (36-13) and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (28-19) fell from No. 20 and No. 23 to unranked in the preseason, respectively.
St. Thomas (MN) (37-9) witnessed the largest increase from final poll to preseason, jumping from No. 25 to No. 19, while Emory (34-5) had the largest decrease while still remaining ranked, falling from No. 13 to No. 24 in the preseason listing.
The NFCA Division III Top 25 poll is voted by a committee of eight coaches representing the Atlantic, Central, East, Great Lakes, Midwest, New England, Northeast and West regions.
For the complete 2013 NFCA Division III Top 25 Preseason Poll, please visit this link.