No Change At Top, but Three Teams Return to NEILA Rankings
BEVERLY, Mass. — The top six teams of this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III poll did not change, aside from the breaking of a tie at the #2 position. However, three teams that were unranked last week moved into spots #7-9, as important conference and non-conference games continued across New England.
In arguably the most marquee game of the year so far, Tufts University defeated Western New England 20-14 on Sunday to keep its hold on the top spot in this week’s rankings. Western New England, which was tied for second last week with Middlebury, stayed among the top three, but the Panthers climbed into sole position of second place after beating Wesleyan 7-6 to move to 5-0 on the season.
Connecticut College kept pace by beating Williams 10-6, dropping Williams from the rankings, and Bates collected a 14-6 win over Trinity, which bounched the Bantams from the top ten.
After two strong wins over Amherst and Springfield, Endicott returned to the rankings at the #7 spot, while Bowdoin got past Hamilton 11-5 to climb in to the #8 position.
Keene State continued their unbeaten season, moving to 5-0 with a victory over Roger Williams and earning themselves a spot in this week’s poll. Colby, who was ranked eighth last week, dropped two spots after falling to Tufts, as their record evened up at 2-2 on the year.
2013 NEILA Poll #6
March 25, 2013
# School (#1 votes) Pts. PR
1 #9 Tufts (6) 87 1
2 #14 Middlebury (3) 82 2
3 #15 W. New England 71 2
4 #17 Conn. College 51 4
5 Bates 44 5
6 Wesleyan 39 6
7 Endicott 35 NR
8 Bowdoin 34 NR
9 Keene State 27 NR
10 Colby 15 8
Dropped Out: Amherst, Williams, Babson, Trinity
Also receiving votes: Amherst, Babson, Williams, Springfield