The American Collegiate Hockey Association released the first rankings of the 2015-16 season for Division 3. Sitting atop the South Region is Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles sport a 9-1-1 record this season, with their only loss coming at the hands of the second ranked team, The University of Tampa. The Spartans boast a 14-3-0 record with a high-powered offence and one first place vote.
Vanderbilt is the number three team in the rankings, the highest ranking the Commodores have ever achieved. The Dores have amassed an 11-2-0 record, with six SECHC wins against Florida, South Carolina, and the D3 Arkansas Razorbacks, who are ranked fifth in the Pacific Division.
Kennesaw State comes in at four with an 8-1-0 record. The Owls are looking to get back to the regional tournament with hopes of another run in the ACHA D3 nationals. KSU’s only loss of the season is against the D3 Razorbacks.
Rounding out the top 5 is Central Florida. While the Knights have seven losses on the year, six of the losses have come at the hands of top ten teams from the Atlantic and South Regions of D3.
Below are the complete South Region rankings from the ACHA D3 website.
|1||Florida Gulf Coast (8)||7|
|14||Northern Virginia CC||102|
|Also Receiving Votes: College of Chareston, Old Miss|
Regional tournament participants are decided by these rankings. The last ranking of the season is scheduled for release on 2/12/16, and will indicate who will be playing in the regional tournaments. The top two teams from each region will receive an automatic berth to the nationals, while teams 3 thru 10, will battle it out in the tournament for the final two berths.