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2008-2009 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #4

2008-11-21

ILLINOIS #1 FOR 14TH CONSECUTIVE RANKING

UNION LAKE, MI - The defending ACHA Men's Division 1 National Champions, the University of Illinois, received 34 of a possible 41 votes to top the polls in Ranking #4, while #2 Lindenwood University garnered the other 7 first-place votes.  This sets up a #1 vs #2 matchup this weekend, as #1 Illinois will travel to #2 Lindewood with the #1 ranking and 1st place in the CSCHL on the line.
 
Duquesne and Pittsburgh were the big gainers, each moving up 3 spots to come in at #20 and #21 respectively, while Central Oklahoma (#9) and Stony Brook (#17) each moved up 2 spots.  Minot State, the only undefeated team left in Division 1 (10-0-0), jumps into the rankings for the first time since the 2005-2006 season. Penn State Berks makes its debut in the polls for the first time, in only its second season at the Divsion 1 level, coming in at #25.
 
 
2008-2009 ACHA Men's Division 1 Ranking #4
Rank School Name 1st Votes Record Pts Previous
1 Illinois 34 13-1-0 920 1
2 Lindenwood 7 16-1-1 893 2
3 Penn State   12-2-0 819 3
4 Liberty   13-3-1 800 4
5 Delaware   10-2-3 787 5
6 Oklahoma   12-2-0 746 6
7 Iowa State   15-2-1 698 7
8 West Chester   10-4-0 662 8
9 Central Oklahoma   11-3-1 619 11
10 Kent State   9-5-1 564 9
11 Rhode Island   10-4-1 551 10
12 Ohio   7-6-0 529 13
13 Michigan-Dearborn   11-6-0 483 12
14 Robert Morris (PA)   13-3-0 460 14
15 West Virginia   8-4-2 352 15
16 Robert Morris (IL)   8-9-1 299 17
17 T Oakland   5-8-3 223 18
17 T Stony Brook   7-7-0 223 19
19 Western Michigan   5-6-0 212 16
20 Duquesne   9-2-0 186 23
21 Pittsburgh   8-4-0 171 24 T
22 Youngstown State   11-4-2 147 20
23 Minot State   10-0-0 132 NR
24 Mercyhurst   16-6-0 113 21
25 Penn State Berks   10-2-1 56 NR
 
Others receiving votes:  Drexel, Canton, Indiana (PA), Arizona State, Adrian, Niagara, Washington & Jefferson, Eastern Michigan, Slippery Rock, Arizona, Towson, and Scranton.
The fifth ranking of the regular season will be released on Friday, December 5.
 
The 2009 ACHA Men's Division 1 National Championships will be hosted by John Carroll University and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and will take place March 14-18, 2009 at the Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, OH.  Sixteen teams will qualify for the tournament.




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