IWLCA Poll for Women's Division I (2/28)

The Maryland Terrapins and the Northwestern Wildcats both faced top-four opponents this week and returned unscathed, and the two teams sit 1-2 in the first weekly poll of the 2011 season. Maryland took all 20 first place votes and Northwestern claimed all 20 second place votes, putting some distance between them and the rest of the rankings. Virginia moved up to No. 5, giving the ACC four of the top five slots.

The ACC leads all conferences with five schools for the second consecutive week, and this week the league has four of the top five spots with the Terrapins leading the way at No. 1 and UNC (No. 3), Duke (No. 4), and Virginia (No. 5) forming a block at the top. Boston College moved up three spots to sit at No. 16.

The Big East and the CAA both claim four schools. The Big East includes Loyola, who was the week's biggest mover with a five-spot jump to No. 7. The Greyhounds sit right behind preseason favorite Georgetown, who improved to No. 6. Syracuse starts the second half of the poll at No. 11, just in front of Notre Dame, who comes in at No. 12. In the CAA, James Madison closes out the top-10 at No. 10, while Towson moves to No. 17. William & Mary enters the rankings at No. 19, just in front of Hofstra, who holds steady at No. 20.

The American Lacrosse Conference and the Ivy Group both have three schools in the rankings. The ALC is led by Northwestern at No. 2, Vanderbilt just edges out Florida at No. 13. Penn leads the Ivy charge at No. 8, while Dartmouth moves to No. 15 and Princeton enters the poll at No. 18.

Stanford is the lone representative of the MPSF; the Cardinal move up four notches to rank in the top-10 at No. 9.

On March 4, the top-ranked Terrapins welcome the Cavaliers to the top-five with a game in Charlottesville. On March 5, eight ranked teams are in action, starting with the game in our nation's capital between No. 6 Georgetown and No. 2 Northwestern. Up the road, the No. 7 Greyhounds face the No. 17 Tigers in a key intra-city game. The No. 8 Quakers host the No. 3 Tar Heels and the No. 4 Blue Devils welcome the No. 18 Tigers to the rankings on the same day.

The rankings are available at IWLCA Division I Poll. This link as well as those to other polls can be found on the Polls page.


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