IWLCA Poll for Women's Division I - March 11th

The Maryland Terrapins remained on top of the IWLCA rankings as the association released its third weekly poll; the ACC, led by the top-ranked Terps, maintained its stranglehold with four schools in the top-nine for the week. The ACC, along with four schools each from the ALC and the Big East, claimed the top-12 spots, giving those three conferences a solid block in the top portion of the poll.

The ALC also claims the No. 15 team in the land, giving that conference five schools to lead all conferences. The only other conference with multiple institutions is the Ivy League, with two schools in the poll. The United States Naval Academy entered the rankings for the first time, coming in at No. 20 and giving the Patriot League a ranked team.

The ALC is led by No. 2 Florida, which held steady at No. 2 for the third straight week. Northwestern also remained in the top-four, staying at No. 4. Penn State held on to its No. 7 ranking, and Johns Hopkins (No. 12) and Ohio State (No. 15) also did not move from last week's rankings.

Top-ranked Maryland and No. 3 North Carolina both remained in the top-four, holding their respective spots. Duke also held its position from last week as the Blue Devils stay at No. 6. Virginia dropped a spot to No. 9, but the ACC maintained four schools in the top half of the poll.

Syracuse from the Big East stayed at No. 5, while Notre Dame jumped up two spots to land at No. 8. Georgetown also moved into the top-10, edging out conference rival Loyola, who starts the second half of the poll at No. 11.

The Ivy League's two schools include Dartmouth and Cornell; the Big Green remained one place in front of the Big Red at No. 13 as both schools did not move from last week's poll.

Five other conferences claim one school each in the rankings, starting with the MPSF. Stanford moved up two spots to No. 16 this week, while the Atlantic 10's Massachusetts remained at No. 17. Stony Brook from the America East also moved up this week and now sits at No. 18, while Towson from the CAA slid to No. 19. Navy's entry into the poll marks the first time a Patriot League school has been ranked in 2013.

On Wednesday, No. 14 Cornell hosts No. 7 Penn State while No. 12 Johns Hopkins welcomes No. 10 Georgetown. On Saturday, the No. 10 Hoyas are on the road again against a top-20 team as they travel to face No. 3 North Carolina. On Saturday, No. 6 Duke hosts No. 12 Dartmouth.

This is the third weekly poll of the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on March 19.

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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