BEVERLY, Mass. — Though most teams have not started their season yet, there have been six games already featuring NEILA Division III lacrosse teams, and a few of them have shaken up the first rankings of the 2013 regular season.
Springfield, the only team to have played twice already, dipped from third to fifth in the rankings after being edged 15-13 at Nazareth and despite bouncing back to beat Gordon 22-7 in their home opener.
Endicott also fell a spot after a 21-9 defeat at the hands of #7 Stevens Tech in Hoboken. The Gulls will have a chance to duplicate Spring- field’s start when they go to Gordon on Wednesday for their CCC opener.
The top two spots stayed the same as they were last week, with Tufts and Western New England both idle. Tufts gets underway March 9th against Hamilton, while Western New England starts March 2nd at Stevenson and has an intriguing matchup March 12th at Trinity, who just took over the #3 spot in this week’s ranking.
Bowdoin was the first team not named Tufts to receive a first-place vote this year. The Polar Bears will open March 9th in Brunswick against Connecticut College, who held on to the #6 spot.
Eastern Connecticut State kicks off their season on Wednesday when they welcome the Ducks of Stevens Tech before sandwiching a game at Babson with home dates against CCC foes Gordon and Endicott.
Colby was the beneficiary from Endicott’s loss, sliding up to the 9 spot before it has played a game. The Mules can climb the ranks even higher if they beat Amherst in their opening game on March 9th or send Tufts home with a loss when the Jumbos travel to Waterville March 22nd.
2013 NEILA Poll #2 February 25, 2013
|#||School (#1 votes)||Pts.||PR|
|1||#4 Tufts (10)||109||1|
|2||#12 W. New Eng.||86||2|
|4||#17 Bowdoin (1)||81||5|
|6||#19 Conn. College||52||6|
Also receiving votes: Wesleyan, Babson, Wheaton, Keene State, New England College, Middlebury, Bates, Lasell, Roger Williams, Mount Ida