Coach Ryan Swan's Panthers, 11-1-2 on the season after wins last weekend over Southern Indiana (2-1) and Kentucky Wesleyan (7-0), moved up two spots to pick up their first Top 5 national ranking since reaching as high as No. 2 during the 2009 season.
That status will receive a stiff test on Friday night (7:30 p.m.), when Drury visits 16th-ranked Rockhurst (11-2-2) in Kansas City in a showdown between the top two teams in the GLVC standings. The Panthers are 9-1-2 in the league while Rockhurst is 9-2-1.
Quincy (10-1-3) is No. 11 in this week's poll, giving the GLVC three teams in the Top 25, more than any other conference in the nation.
In official NCAA statistics this week, Drury ranks tied for first - with Rockhurst - in assists (42), No. 2 nationally in total points (134), third in goals scored (46) and fifth in total offense (3.29 goals per game). The Panthers are also fifth in goals-against average (0.54).
Freshman keeper Blake Andrews is ninth individually with his goals-against average (0.607) and 21st in save percentage (0.826).
After the Friday match at Rockhurst, Drury returns home to host William Jewell in a key GLVC contest Sunday (2:30 p.m.) at Harrison Stadium in the Curry Sports Complex. The Panthers will close out the regular season by hosting Missouri S & T in an 8:30 p.m. match on Wednesday, October 24 to be televised by Mediacom Connections 22.