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Northwestern atop first IWLCA Poll; Penn is No. 5

Tuesday, 3rd February 2009

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com Posted 2/3/09

    The Northwestern Wildcats, the four-time reigning national champions, begin the 2009 season on top of the IWLCA weekly polls, as announced Tuesday

    The Wildcats garnered 19 of 20 first-place votes to rank first, followed by the Syracuse Orange, the ‘Cats semifinal opponent in the 2008 NCAA Championships. The Orange earned the other first-place vote and begin the 2009 season with their highest ranking in school history. The Duke Blue Devils, who also advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 2008, begin the 2009 season ranked third.

   Two conferences each have four schools in the top-20, including the ACC and the Ivy League. All four schools in the ACC rank in the top-10, with Duke leading the way at No. 3. Virginia follows at No. 4, while Maryland (No. 6) and North Carolina (No. 9) round out the conference’s representatives. The Penn Quakers, the 2008 national runners-up, rank fifth to open the 2009 season, while former champion Princeton ranks seventh. Dartmouth (No. 13) and Cornell (No. 16-tied) also sit in the top-20.

    The American Lacrosse Conference and the Big East both claim three schools in the preseason poll. After top-ranked Northwestern, the ALC also boasts No. 12 Vanderbilt and No. 15 Johns Hopkins. No. 2 Syracuse leads the way in the Big East, which is also represented by No. 8 Georgetown and No. 11 Notre Dame.

    Three other conferences have two schools each in the poll. The America East has the final school in the top-10 as Boston University comes in at No. 10, while conference rival New Hampshire sits at No. 14. The CAA claims No. 16 (tied) James Madison and No. 19 (tied) Towson, and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Stanford (No. 18) and Denver (No. 19, tied) round out the poll.

    The IWLCA weekly polls will be released on Tuesday mornings throughout the season starting Feb. 24

IWLCA Division I Weekly Poll

(with 2008 record)

1. Northwestern      21-1    399     (19 first-place votes)

2. Syracuse 18-3    365     (1)

3. Duke      13-8    362

4. Virginia  14-4    313

5. Penn      17-2    302  

6. Maryland  18-3    285

7. Princeton 13-5    280

8. Georgetown        12-7    236

9. North Carolina    13-7    230   

10. Boston University   18-3    214

11. Notre Dame       12-7    195

12. Vanderbilt       13-6    146

13. Dartmouth        7-9     135

14. New Hampshire    13-6    89

15. Johns Hopkins     7-9     86

16t. James Madison    8-9     75

16t. Cornell  10-6    75

18. Stanford  12-8    63    

19t. Denver     13-6    62

19t. Towson   13-6    62

Also receiving votes: Boston College, George Mason, Loyola, Ohio State, Penn State, Richmond, William & Mary, Yale.

IWLCA Division II Weekly Poll

1. West Chester       20-1    99      (9 first-place votes)

2. C. W. Post        17-2    86      (1)

3. Adelphi   16-1    84

4. Limestone  17-2    66

5t. Lock Haven        15-4    53

5t. Stonehill 14-3    53

7. Mercyhurst 12-3    29

8. New Haven  14-3    24

9. Gannon     11-4    14

10. Belmont Abbey     12-7    9

IWLCA Division III Weekly Poll

1. Hamilton  21-1    398     (18)

2. Franklin & Marshall      19-2    370     (2)

3. Salisbury 22-1    361

4. TCNJ      17-2    338

5. Middlebury        12-5    310

6. Gettysburg        17-4    283

7. Union     15-4    267

8. Colby     13-6    260

9. Washington & Lee  17-3    228

10. Amherst  15-4    226

11. Babson   16-3    178

12. Cortland 14-6    149

13. Trinity (CT)     11-7    143

14. Catholic 17-5    105

15. Dickinson        12-6    102

16. Tufts    10-5    95

17. St. Mary’s        15-6    89

18. William Smith     13-4    78

19. Rowan     13-5    69

20. Bowdoin   9-7     51

Also receiving votes (in alphabetical order): Bates, Stevens

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