Tufts Reclaims Top Spot, Middlebury Makes Big Strides in NEILA Rankings
BEVERLY, Mass. — Tufts University jumped back into the top spot in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s (NEILA) weekly poll, thanks to its first win of the season, while the Middlebury Panthers jumped eight spots to the #2 ranking after moving to 3-0 on the season by beating #17 Connecticut College, who previously occupied the #2 spot.
The Jumbos defeated Stevens Tech 18-14 to reclaim the #1 spot where they spent the first three weeks, while there was a tie at the second spot this week, as Middlebury shared the ranking with Western New England, who managed to stay afloat at the top of the table thanks to a 14-11 road win at Trinity before falling to 2-2 on the year with a loss at RIT. Bates has now won three straight games and were in the top ten for the first time this season thanks to a tight 7-5 win over Wesleyan, who move back one spot to #6 to allow the Bobcats to occupy the fifth position.
Amherst also returned to the rankings after falling out of favor with the committee last week. The Lord Jeffs collected their first win of the year, a 9-6 victory over Bowdoin in their home opener which propelled them to the #7 spot and bumped the Polar Bears from the top ten. Following Amherst was the White Mules of Colby, who moved down a spot after being doubled up by Hamilton, and the Ephs of Williams, who grab the #9 position despite not previously receiving votes thanks to a resounding 11-3 win over Trinity.
The Bantams make the biggest fall this week, from third into a tie with Babson for tenth after two losses this week, the other to Western New England. Trinity shares the tenth spot with Babson, who moves down one position after a loss at Colorado College.
2013 NEILA Poll #5
March 18, 2013
# School (#1 votes) Pts. PR
1 #9 Tufts (3) 72 4
2 #14 Middlebury (3) 71 10
#15 W. New England (2) 71 1
4 #17 Conn. College 49 2
5 Bates 41 NR
6 Wesleyan 29 5
7 Amherst 23 NR
8 Colby 15 7
9 Williams 14 NR
10 Babson 13 9
Trinity 13 3
Dropped Out: Bowdoin, Springfield
Also receiving votes: Bowdoin, Keene State, Springfield, Endicott