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Penn still fifth, West Chester first in IWLCA polls

Wednesday, 18th February 2009

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Rankings  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/18/09

    The Northwestern Wildcats, the four-time reigning national champions, remain atop the IWLCA weekly polls, as announced by the organization today. The Wildcats claimed all 20 first-place votes to rank first, followed by the Duke Blue Devils, who move up one spot in the rankings after a pair of wins in Colorado last week. The Syracuse Orange, Northwestern’s semifinal opponent in the 2008 NCAA Championships, dropped to 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. 2. 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, remained at fifth to open the 2009 season, while former champion Princeton ranks seventh. Dartmouth (No. 13) and Cornell (No. 16) 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. 18 in Towson and No. 19 in James Madison as well. The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s Stanford (No. 17) and Denver (Nov. 20) round out the poll.

    The only game that features two top-20 teams includes top-ranked Northwestern, who is on a tough four-game stretch. The ‘Cats travel to the No. 11 Fighting Irish for a game on Friday at 7:00.

IWLCA Division I Weekly Poll

                           Record Votes(1st pl) Previous

1. Northwestern         1-0     400   (20)    1      

2. Duke                    2-0     363             3

3. Syracuse              1-0     352             2

4. Virginia                 0-0     319             4

5. Penn                   0-0     301             5

6. Maryland              1-0     298             6

7. Princeton              0-0     279             7

8. Georgetown           0-0     252             8

9. North Carolina        1-0     249             9

10. Boston University  0-0     240            10

11. Notre Dame          1-0     189            11

12. Vanderbilt             0-1     181            12

13. Dartmouth            0-0     125             13

14. New Hampshire     0-0     106            14

15. Johns Hopkins      0-0     103            15     

16. Cornell                 0-0     101            16t

17. Stanford               2-0     77              18

18. Towson                0-0     66              19t

19. James Madison    0-0     65              16t

20. Denver                 1-2     57              19t

Also receiving votes:, George Mason, Penn State, William & Mary

IWLCA Division II Poll, Week 1

West Chester remains on top of poll    The West Chester Golden Rams, the reigning national champions, remain on top of the IWLCA weekly polls, as announced by the organization today. The Golden Rams earned all 10 first-place votes to rank first, followed by the C. W. Post Pioneers, who faced West Chester in the 2008 NCAA Championship final. The same ten schools ranked in the preseason remain in the poll for the first week.

    The PSAC leads all conferences with four schools in the top-10, lead by top-ranked West Chester. 2008 semifinalist Lock Haven comes in at No. 5, while conference rookies Mercyhurst (No. 7) and Gannon (No. 8) are also ranked. Three other conferences claim two members each, including the East Coast Conference, which claims the No. 2 Pioneers and No. 3 Adelphi. No. 4 Limestone and No. 10 Belmont Abbey represent Conference Carolinas and No. 6  Stonehill and No. 9 New Haven represent the Northeast-10.

    On Saturday No. 3 Adelphi plays at Rollins while No. 4 Limestone hosts St. Andrews.

 

      IWLCA Division II Weekly Poll (17 Feb 2009)

    Institution          Record  Votes (1st pl)  Previous       

1. West Chester       0-0     100     (10)    1

2. C. W. Post            0-1     84                 2

3. Adelphi                 0-0     75                  3

4. Limestone             0-0     72                  4

5. Lock Haven           0-0     55                  5t

6. Stonehill               0-0     53                  5t

7. Mercyhurst            0-0     28                  7

8. Gannon                 0-0     27                  9

9. New Haven             0-0     25                  8

10. Belmont Abbey    1-0     17                  10

IWLCA Division III Poll, Week 1

Hamilton remains on top of poll

 

    The Hamilton Continentals, the reigning national champions, remain on top of the IWLCA weekly polls, as announced by the organization today. The Continentals garnered 15 of the 20 first-place votes to rank first, followed by the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats, who faced the Continentals in the 2008 NCAA Championship final. The Dips took three first-place votes and rank second nationally. The other two semifinalists from 2008, the Salisbury Sea Gulls and the TCNJ Lions, rank third and fourth, respectively.

   While both the Liberty League and the Centennial Conference claim three schools in the poll, led by top-ranked Hamilton and second-ranked Franklin & Marshall, the NESCAC boasts six schools, starting with No. 5 Middlebury. No. 8 Colby and No. 10 Amherst also reside in the top-10, while Trinity (No. 13), Tufts (No. 17-tie), and Bowdoin (No. 20) speak to the depth of the conference.

    Hamilton is joined in the top-10 by No. 7 Union, while conference-mate William Smith checks in at No. 17 (tie) for the Liberty League. The Centennial Conference claims No. 4 Gettysburg and No. 15 Dickinson in addition to the Dips.

    The Capital Athletic Conference and the NJAC both have two schools; St. Mary’s (No. 16) joins Salisbury from the CAC while Rowan (No. 19) is also a member of the NJAC.

Four other conferences are also represented in the top-20. Washington & Lee from the ODAC returns to the top-10 at No. 9. The Babson Beavers (No. 11) of the NEWMAC come in just above the Cortland Red Dragons (No. 12) of the SUNYAC, while the Cardinals of Catholic (No. 14) are just two spots below Cortland.

    No. 3 Salisbury hosts Christopher Newport on Wednesday, while No. 9 Washington & Lee hosts No. 16 St. Mary’s on Saturday. The third-ranked Sea Gulls travel to Hood on the same day. 

      IWLCA Division III Weekly Poll 

     Institution    Record  Votes   (1st)   Prev.

1. Hamilton                  0-0     392     (15)    1

2. Franklin & Marshall   0-0     372     (3)     2

3. Salisbury                  0-0     364     (2)     3

4. TCNJ                       0-0     350             4

5. Middlebury               0-0     307             5

6. Gettysburg               0-0     291             6

7. Union                       0-0     263             7

8. Colby                       0-0     255             8

9. Washington & Lee    0-0     239             9

10. Amherst                 0-0     214             10

11. Babson                  0-0     186             11

12. Cortland                 0-0     161             12

13. Trinity (CT)             0-0     148             13

14. Catholic                 0-0     140             14

15. Dickinson              0-0     118             15

16. St. Mary’s              0-0     104             17

17t. Tufts                     0-0     77              16

17t. William Smith        0-0     77              18

19. Rowan                    0-0     46              19

20. Bowdoin                  0-0     45              20

Also receiving votes (in alphabetical order): Mary Washington, Stevens

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