IWLCA Poll for Women's Division I - March 18th

The Maryland Terrapins and the Florida Gators stayed 1-2 in the IWLCA rankings, but the Big East took over top honors among conferences as they lead all leagues with five ranked teams in the fourth weekly poll.

Three of the Big East's teams sit in the top-eight; with Louisville's return to the poll the conference now has five teams ranked while the ACC and the ALC both have four institutions ranked. The only other conference with more than one team is the Ivy League; the Ancient 8 has two ranked teams.

The Big East is led by Syracuse; the Orange hold steady from last week at No. 5. Notre Dame moved up one spot to land at No. 7, while Georgetown also rose, moving up two spots to No. 8. Loyola slid to No. 16 and Louisville re-entered the rankings at No. 20.

The ACC's four ranked teams all reside in the top half of the poll, and all four hold their positions from last week. No. 1 Maryland continues to lead the poll, while No. 3 North Carolina, No. 6 Duke, and No. 9 Virginia remain in the top-10.

Florida from the ALC holds steady at No. 2, and Northwestern also remains the same, staying at No. 4. Penn State leads off the second half of the poll, coming in at No. 11, just ahead of No. 12 Johns Hopkins.

The Ivy League's Cornell moves into the top-10, rising four spots to land at No. 10 while Dartmouth holds at No. 13.

Five other conferences claim one school each in the rankings, starting with the MPSF. Stanford moved up two spots again, this time landing at No. 14. Stony Brook rose three spots as the America East school comes in at No. 15 this week. Massachusetts from the Atlantic 10 remained at No. 17, and the Patriot League's Navy moved up two spots to No. 18. James Madison from the CAA was the other newcomer this week; the Dukes came in at No. 19.

On Wednesday, poll newcomer and No. 19 James Madison hosts No. 9 Virginia and No. 3 North Carolina welcomes No. 10 Cornell. On Friday, a Big East clash between No. 16 Loyola and No. 20 Louisville is on the books, along with top-ranked Maryland hosting No. 19 James Madison and an ACC game as No. 9 Virginia welcomes No. 6 Duke. On Sunday, the No. 20 Cardinals stay in the region and face Big East foe and No. 8 Georgetown.

This is the fourth weekly poll of the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on March 26.

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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