Western New England Unseats Tufts for Top Spot in Fourth NEILA Weekly Poll
BEVERLY, Mass. — For the first time this season, a new team sits at the top of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s (NEILA) Division 3 weekly poll, and that new team is the Golden Bears of Western New England University. WNE received four first place votes and amassed 87 points to move up a spot and claim the #1 ranking from Tufts, who fell to #4 after their 10-9 loss to Hamilton to start the season.
Connecticut College, ranked #18 in the nation, used their 13-12 victory over Bowdoin to jump up three spots to #2, while Trinity remained third and re- ceived two first place votes thanks to their overtime victory over Skidmore on Saturday. The Polar Bears of Bowdoin dropped from 4th to 6th after falling to the Camels.
Joining the top ten this week were Wesleyan and Middlebury, with the Cardi- nals going from unranked to #5 thanks to back-to-back wins this weekend over Williams and Hamilton. Middlebury defeated Bates 10-8 and slid into the #10 spot this week.
Colby used an 11-10 overtime victory over Amherst to move up two spots to #7 and drop the Lord Jeffs, who suffered another overtime loss on Sunday to Bates, from the rankings, while Springfield and Babson each dropped a spot at the bottom of the table.
2013 NEILA Poll #4
March 11, 2013
# School (#1 votes) Pts. PR
1 #13 W. New Eng. (4) 87 2
2 #18 Conn. Col (1) 73 5
3 #16 Trinity (2) 64 3
4 #5 Tufts (2) 58 1
5 Wesleyan 49 NR
6 #15 Bowdoin 48 4
7 Colby 39 9
8 Springfield 38 7
9 Babson (1) 37 8
10 Middlebury 15 NR
Dropped Out: Amherst, E. Connecticut State
Also receiving votes: Endicott, Bates, Eastern Connecticut State, Keene State, Amherst, Roger Williams