Top Ten Teams in New England Unchanged in Week #8 of NEILA Polls
BEVERLY, Mass. — The top ten teams in New England did not change, though their place in the rankings did, as the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) announced their 8th Division III men’s lacrosse poll.
For the second consecutive week, Tufts received all nine first place votes and leads a group of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools that now occupy the top five spots, one more place than last week.
The Jumbos kept their win streak alive at eight games with conference victories over Williams and Middlebury, though the Panthers move up two spots with a victory over Amherst and the one-goal defeat at Tufts.
Connecticut College was also 2-0 on the week, but drops a spot with two wins outside the competitive NESCAC, while Wesleyan moves up three spots by nipping Colby 13-12. Bowdoin stays in the top five but drops two spots after a 10-9 loss at Trinity in their only game this past week.
The first non-NESCAC school in the rankings, Endicott extended their win streak to five games with a one-goal victory over Wentworth and a near shutout (21-1) win against Salve Regina. The Gulls jumped over Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) foe Western New England, who fell to eighth with a non-conference loss at Cortland State.
Bates, the final NESCAC school in the rankings, defeated Hamilton by a goal to move their record back over .500 at 5-4, while Keene State stayed locked into the #9 spot despite an important 7-6 victory over Little East Conference (LEC) rivals Eastern Connecticut. Springfield continued the process of turning their season around with league wins against Regis and MIT.
The NEILA weekly poll is voted on by a committee of coaches from the 53 Division III member schools.
2013 NEILA Poll #8
April 9, 2013
# School (#1 votes) Pts. PR
1 #4 Tufts (9) 90 1
2 #12 Middlebury 78 4
3 #14 Conn. College 72 2
4 #19 Wesleyan 60 7
5 Bowdoin 51 3
6 Endicott 38 8
7 Bates 34 5
8 W. New England 32 5
9 Keene State 18 9
10 Springfield 7 10
Dropped Out: None
Receiving Votes: Williams, Trinity, Colby, W. Connecticut State, UMass Dartmouth, Babson