IWLCA Poll for Women's Division I - February 25th

The Maryland Terrapins have taken over the top spot in the first weekly poll in the IWLCA rankings, leading a charge by the ACC as the conference has four schools ranked in the top-eight. Two ACC schools, Maryland and No. 3 UNC, both earned first-place votes while undefeated Florida from the ALC took home five top nods.

The ALC and the Big East both claim five schools in the top-20; both also have three institutions in the top-10. Louisville's addition to the poll gives the conference five ranked teams for the first time in conference history. The Ivy League is the only other conference to have multiple institutions ranked in the poll.

The ALC is led by No. 2 Florida; Northwestern moves to No. 5 while Penn State rounds out the top half of the poll at No. 10. Ohio State remained at No. 13 while Johns Hopkins rose two spots to land at No. 17.

The Big East's Syracuse remains in the top-four at No. 4; Loyola (No. 6) and Notre Dame (No. 9) both stayed in the top-10. Georgetown starts off the second half of the poll, moving up four spots to No. 11 while Louisville enters the poll for the first time, coming in at No. 20.

All four of the ACC teams are in the top-eight, starting with top-ranked Maryland and No. 3 North Carolina. Virginia moves up two slots to land at No. 6 while Duke shifts to No. 8. The Ivy League claims three schools, starting with No. 12 Dartmouth, which held steady from the preseason poll. Cornell moved up to No. 15 while Penn slid to No. 18.

Massachusetts from the A-10 remained at No. 14, while the CAA's Towson (No. 16) jumped one spot to No. 16 and Stony Brook from the America East moved to No. 19.

On Wednesday, No. 7 Loyola and No. 17 Johns Hopkins meet in an intra-city contest between ranked teams, while No. 9 Notre Dame welcomes No. 13 Ohio State indoors for a crucial midwest contest. On Friday, a key conference game takes place in Charlottesville as the top-ranked Terps travel to face the No. 6 Cavaliers.

Saturday features a top-five game as No. 2 Florida welcomes No. 4 Syracuse to the Sunshine State for a neutral-site game in Miami. Also on Saturday, No. 3 North Carolina travels to take on No. 18 Penn and No. 7 Loyola stays in Baltimore to welcome another Baltimore-area opponent in No. 16 Towson. On Sunday, the No. 6 Cavaliers welcome a second consecutive top-10 opponent as Virginia faces No. 10 Penn State.

This is the first weekly poll of the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on March 5.

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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