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No. 1 Grand Valley State

New No. 1 Grand Valley State will follow up its home-opening 2-0 win against then-No. 4 Minnesota State-Mankato by hitting the road again, this time with a trip to Ohio. The Lakers will play Ashland on Friday and Ohio Dominican on Sunday.

GVSU (2-0-1) is led by goalkeeper Abbey Miller, who has 10 saves without surrendering a goal this season. Ashland is 1-1-1 on the year with the win coming in its season opener against Indianapolis. Ohio Domincan, on a three-game win streak, stands at 3-1-1.

No. 2 Saint Rose

After having more than a week off, Saint Rose will play three games in seven days, all on the road. The Golden Knights (3-0) will travel to play Le Moyne on Wednesday in the Upstate Challenge. The Dolphins are riding a three-game win streak after losing their opener.

Saint Rose will then play at Southern New Hampshire on Saturday, which is 2-1-1 this year. They will finish the stretch with a game at Adelphi (2-0-1).

No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic

Armstrong Atlantic will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to play at Columbus State on Friday for its only game of the weekend. Led by keeper Morgan Luckie, who has given up just one goal in four games this year while making 15 saves, the Pirates are coming off two wins last weekend to improve their record to 2-0-2.

Columbus State is also coming off two wins at an invitational it hosted last weekend, beating Tusculum and North Alabama to move to 0-2-2.

No. 4 Western Washington

Western Washington will look to extend its winning streak to four when it travels to play ay Northwest Nazarene on Thursday. The Vikings are 3-0-0 on the season, and goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp has yet to let in a goal.

Northwest Nazarene is 0-2-0 on the year, having most recently beaten NAIA opponent College of Idaho. Western Washington will then take on Montana State-Billings (1-0-1) on Saturday.

No. 5 Tampa

Tampa will put its season-opening five-game winning streak on the line when it travels to Barry on Wednesday. The Spartans have outscored their opponents 27-0 this season, with four goals each from Gabby Russo, Cici Gonzalez, and Shannon Walisch.

Barry is also undefeated in 2013, standing at 4-0-0. Tampa will then return home to take on Nova Southeastern (3-1-0) on Saturday.

No. 6 East Stroudsburg

The Warriors jumped nine places in this week's poll after wins last weekend against Gannon and Mercyhurst. East Stroudsburg (4-0-0), which has not given up a goal this season, will look to continue its win streak on the road against Bloomsburg on Wednesday.

Bloomsburg is 3-2-0 on the year and is coming off a win against Pittsburgh-Johnstown. The Warriors will finish the next week playing against Lock Haven (1-2-1) on Saturday and West Chester (1-3-0) on Sunday.

No. 7 Fort Lewis

Fort Lewis has vaulted into the top 10 as another team that has yet to surrender a goal this season. The Skyhawks (4-0-0) will next take on Regis (Colo.) on Friday in their home opener as keeper Caitlyn Espinosa looks to extend her shutout streak.

Regis (Colo.) stands at 2-1-0 in 2013. Fort Lewis will then stay at home for a matchup with New Mexico Highlands on Sunday, which is undefeated at 2-0-2.

No. T8 Minnesota State-Mankato

The Mavericks will look to rebound from its first loss of the season on Saturday when it faces off with Bemidji State. Mankato, which is 3-1 after it lost to Grand Valley State last weekend, is in the middle of six consecutive road games. Bemidji State comes undefeated at 4-0-0.

Minnesota State will then play Minnesota-Crookston on the following day. The Golden Eagles are 2-2, with one of its losses coming to Bemidji State.

No. T8 American International

American International has outscored its opponents 7-0 in three games this season, most recently with a 3-0 win against Saint Michael's. The Yellow Jackets will look to improve on their 3-0-0 record when they host Pace (1-3) on Wednesday.

The Jackets will then hit the road for two games, the first coming against Saint Anselm (1-2-1) on Saturday and the second against Southern Connecticut State (1-3-0) on Tuesday.

No. 10 West Florida

West Florida will play its home-opener this weekend when it hosts NAIA opponent Cumberland on Saturday. The Argonauts come in at 2-0-2 on the season, most recently drawing with Florida Southern in a game shortened by weather on Sunday. This dropped them from No. 1 to No. 10 in the coaches’ poll.

The Argonauts will then stay in Pensacola to host Montevallo on Tuesday. The Falcons are winless so far in 2013, with two losses and a draw with Wingate.

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