Editor’s Note: This week’s SELC Power Rankings for D1 and D2 have been combined into one super post that covers all the action from across the SELC. See where every team falls, who is improving, and who is out! Scott MacPherson figures it all out for you!
SELC Division 1 Power Rankings:
The SELC Championship Tourney starts on Friday, April 27th. There are a bunch of tourney spots still to be decided. One thing is clear, Clemson remains #1 in the Power Rankings. The Tigers staved off a furious 6 goal South Carolina 4th quarter rally, scored the game winner with 15 seconds left in the game, and captured the Northeast Division title. That is the stuff of champions.
Kentucky’s home win over Richmond, in overtime, is probably one of the biggest SELC upsets of the season. I think that most people, including this blogger, had penciled in Richmond as the runner-up to Virginia Tech in the Northwest division. There are even whispers of Richmond going NCAA D1. I’ve seen the Spiders play and they were running on all “SIX LEGS” (Scott tries for joke). This division lost puts Richmond at 0-2 in the division. The Spiders are on the brink and have lost the whole in control of their own destiny thing, hence the 5 slot drop in the power rankings to #11.
Kentucky moves up 6 slots to #10, is 2-0 in division and gains the control of your own destiny thing. But that “destiny” thing is fickle. Kentucky’s road to the SELC Championships has 2 potholes in it. They are playing Tennessee, always well coached and always good, and Virginia Tech! So we will see what the Wildcats got! Don’t start burning those cars yet! Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
SELC Division 2 Power Rankings:
On my drive home from the Coastal Carolina ELON game on Saturday, it occurred to me that it looks as though we are seeing a “power shift” in the SELC D2. Well, maybe “power shift” is not really the right phase to describe it…
Teams like Palm Beach Atlantic, Coastal Carolina, Liberty, Davidson, Tennessee Wesleyan and Florida Gulf Coast have all elevated their level of play. All these teams are in the mix for SELC Championship Tourney spots. By all indications of their play, all have a legitimate shot at an SELC Championship. Are SCAD and ELON in a “down” year? Maybe, but they are still very good. We will see how this all plays out, but right now it appears we have a very competitive SELC Tourney, where a #2 seed could win a championship. That is a very good thing for the SELC.
ELON (#7) only spent one week as the #1 team, and 2 recent losses dragged them down to #7. Palm Beach Atlantic is the new #1! Coastal Carolina is the new #2, moving up 2 slots. I did see ELON and Coastal play last weekend. The 6-5 score was not indicative of the way Coastal dominated ELON. ELON’s goalie was outstanding and kept the Phoenix in the game. Coastal Carolina is a complete team and I see them making a laud noise in the SELC Tourney.
Kennesaw State remains at #3, SCAD moves up to #4 after holding FGCU to 3 goals, which made for a nice win by the BEE’s. Liberty is #6 and Davidson, with that big “upset” win over ELON, was the big mover up 4 places to #6. Davidson is 3-1 in division, watching the remaining mad division scramble for the playoff slots.
-Scott MacPherson @COCKSLAX_REPORT