Final IWLCA Division I, II, III Polls for the 2012 Season, 5/29

The Northwestern Wildcats, the 2012 national champions, finished the 2012 season right where they started: at No. 1. The team from Evanston, Ill. picked up its second consecutive national championship, and seventh in school history, with an 8-6 win over Syracuse in the NCAA final on Sunday.

On Monday, the coaches returned the 'Cats to the top of the poll. The same 20 schools remain in the poll from the final regular season edition, with the top-10 also remaining the same.

The ALC claimed five ranked schools, starting with No. 1 Northwestern. Florida moved to No. 3, while Penn State rose to start the second half of the poll at No. 11. Ohio State moved to No. 15 and Johns Hopkins remained at No. 18.

The ACC also has five schools in the final poll, with Maryland leading the charge at No. 4. North Carolina (No. 5) and Duke (No. 6) follow in succession, and Virginia's No. 8 ranking gives the league four of the top eight schools. Boston College rose one spot to No. 19.

The Big East has four ranked schools, including national runner-up Syracuse, who ended up at No. 2. Loyola remained at No. 7 and Notre Dame moved to No. 9 as the conference claimed three top-10 teams.

The Ivy League's four schools begin with Dartmouth at No. 10. Dartmouth, Penn (No. 12), Cornell (No. 13), and Princeton (No. 20) all dropped one spot from the final regular season poll.

Massachusetts from the Atlantic-10 rose to No. 14 while Towson from the CAA remained at No. 16.

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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The C. W. Post Pioneers, the 2012 national champions, rose four spots to land at No. 1 in the final IWLCA poll for the 2012 season. This is the first poll in which the New York school was ranked at the No. 1 spot for the 2012 season; the same 15 schools that appeared in the final regular season poll are found in this final ranking. This is also the first week that a conference other than the Northeast-10 sits on top of the poll as C. W. Post is a member of the ECC.

The Northeast-10 still boasts the highest number of institutions ranked with five. Le Moyne leads the pack at No. 3, with Adelphi right behind at No. 4. Stonehill moved to No. 7, while New Haven (No. 8) and Bentley (No. 9) remained the same as the final regular season ranking.

The PSAC also claimed five ranked schools. West Chester, the national runner-up, rose five spots and landed at No. 2. Lock Haven leads a group of four schools; the Lady Eagles remained at No. 11 while Bloomsburg (No. 12) remained one spot behind them. Mercyhurst rose to No. 13 and Gannon also rose one spot to land at No. 14.

The ECC's two schools are led by top-ranked and national champion C. W. Post at No. 1; Dowling closed out the top-10 at No. 10. Rollins, an independent school in lacrosse, dropped to No. 5 while Limestone from the Conference Carolinas also moved down two slots, ending at No. 6. Florida Southern remained in the rankings at No. 15.

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

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