IWLCA Poll for Women's Division I - May 6th

The Maryland Terrapins ended the 2013 regular season with a consensus No. 1 ranking in the IWLCA poll, the sixth consecutive week the squad took home all 20 first-place votes.

There was movement near the top of the poll as the reigning national champion Northwestern Wildcats rose to No. 2, switching spots with ALC rival Florida. The ACC and Big East both claim five schools each, giving these two conferences half of the top-20 institutions. The ALC has three schools in the poll-all in the top seven-while the Ivy League and the MPSF are the only other leagues with multiple schools in the ranking.

The ACC is led by top-ranked Maryland; North Carolina holds at No. 3 and Duke moves to No. 8. Virginia also rises one spot to land at No. 12, while Boston College holds stead at No. 19.

The Big East also has three schools in the top half of the poll, as all three of those institutions remain in the same position as last week with Syracuse at No. 5, Georgetown at No. 6, and Notre Dame at No. 9. Loyola moves up one spot to start the second half of the poll at No. 11 while Connecticut remains at No. 18.

The ALC's three schools all reside in the top-seven, starting with No. 2 Northwestern. Florida moves to No. 4 while Penn State jumps up one spot to land at No. 7.

Penn from the Ivy League moves up two spots and now sits at No. 14 while Princeton drops two spots to No. 17.

Stanford from the MPSF returns to the rankings; Denver slides to No. 13 while the Cardinal re-enter at No. 20.

Stony Brook, the 2013 America East champions, remain in the top-10 at No. 10 while two other conference champions also remain in the poll as the Atlantic-10's Massachusetts moves to No. 15 and the Patriot League's Navy rises one spot to No. 16.

The NCAA tournament opens this week and all 20 ranked teams are in action. On Friday, four games take place between ranked teams as No. 8 Duke faces No. 17 Princeton at Navy, No. 12 Virginia takes on No. 14 Penn at Georgetown, No. 15 Massachusetts and No. 18 Connecticut meet at Penn State, and No. 9 Notre Dame draws against No. 20 Stanford at Northwestern.

Also on Friday No. 10 Stony Brook faces Towson at Maryland, No. 16 Navy hosts Monmouth, No. 13 Denver takes on Jacksonville at Florida, No. 19 Boston College draws against Dartmouth at Syracuse, No. 11 Loyola sees High Point at North Carolina, and No. 7 Penn State hosts Canisius.

On Sunday, No. 1 Maryland hosts the Stony Brook/Towson winner, No. 4 Florida faces winner from the Denver/Jacksonville game, and No. 5 Syracuse welcomes the winner of Boston College/Dartmouth. Also on Sunday No. 3 North Carolina faces the winner between Loyola and High Point, No. 6 Georgetown plays the winner from the Penn/Virginia game, and No. 2 Northwestern hosts the winner of the Notre Dame/Stanford game.

This is the eleventh weekly poll of the 2013 season; the next poll will be released on May 28.

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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