Unanimous #1 Tufts Leads Four NESCAC Schools at Top of NEILA Rankings
BEVERLY, Mass. — The Tufts University Jumbos are once again the unanimous number one team in New England, according to this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III poll.
Tufts received all nine first place votes and leads a quartet of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools at the top of this week’s rankings after defeating Trinity 16-12 to run their win streak to five games.
Connecticut College and Bowdoin each move up in the rankings as both schools also maintained winning streaks. The Camels of Conn. College defeated Colby by a single goal to collect their third straight victory, while Bowdoin used identical 7-6 back-to-back victories over Middlebury and Williams this weekend to stretch their unbeaten streak to five games.
Middlebury fell two spots to #4 with their loss to Bowdoin, which ended their 6-0 start to the season, while Western New England had their record even at 4-4 after an 11-10 loss to Springfield, which bumped the Golden Bears back to a tie for fifth and pushed the Pride back into the rankings this week at #10.
Western New England finds themselves level with Bates, who remain at the fifth spot this week despite also losing to Williams. The Cardinals of Wesleyan and Gulls of Endicott each slip one spot in the rankings despite picking up victories this week. Endicott, at 6-3, does not have a loss in the region this year.
Keene State continues its own unbeaten season, pushing their record to 6-0 with a 14-12 win over Southern Maine. The Owls remained in ninth position for the second consecutive week.
The NEILA weekly poll is voted on by a committee of coaches from the 53 Division III member schools.
2013 NEILA Poll #7
April 1, 2013
# School (#1 votes) Pts. PR
1 #4 Tufts (9) 90 1
2 #20 Conn. College 71 4
3 #14 Bowdoin 66 8
4 #13 Middlebury 64 2
5 W. New England 40 3
5 Bates 40 5
7 Wesleyan 36 6
8 Endicott 31 7
9 Keene State 18 9
10 Springfield 15 NR
Dropped Out: Colby
Receiving Votes: Williams, Colby, Amherst