UCCS climbs to No. 9 in national rankings

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 14, 2009

Sometimes, the best results come from doing nothing at all.

Despite being idle this past week, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs vaulted all the way to ninth in the Golfstat Division II National Rankings, which were released on Wednesday.

"It's good to be done and watching us climb up the rankings," said UCCS coach Phil Trujillo, whose team was ranked No. 15 a week ago.

The Mountain Lions finished the fall portion of their season with a division record of 191-12, meaning they have finished higher than 191 of the 203 NCAA Division II schools they competed head-to-head against this season. UCCS' two outright wins ranks second among the teams in the Top 10 (Central Missouri had five).

Unlike coaches' polls, the Golfstat rankings are based on a formula that includes division record, strength of opponents, two formulations of scoring averages and record against other Top 25 teams.

The Mountain Lions are riding a streak of two consecutive trips to the national championship tournament and four consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles. After winning the RMAC Fall Championship, UCCS is currently in the lead toward claiming a fifth straight conference title.

The Mountain Lions will resume play on March 22-23 at the Notre Dame de Namur Invitational in Livermore, Calif.

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