Men’s Lacrosse Tournaments Underway as Middlebury Stays Atop NEILA Division III Poll
BEVERLY, Mass. — As the conference tournaments begin in several leagues across New England, Middlebury College has again convincingly been selected as the top team in this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Division III poll. The Panthers defended their top seed with a 19-6 victory over Amherst in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament.
All four of the top seeds in the NESCAC held serve on their home fields, and they represent the four teams at the top of this week’s rankings. Connecticut College retained the #2 spot this week after defeating Hamilton 8-6, while Tufts moved up a spot from fourth to third and received one first place vote after dispatching Bates 14-10 to move into the NESCAC semifinals.
Wesleyan traded places with the Jumbos, falling to #4 despite edging out an 8-7 win over Bowdoin, dropping the Polar Bears two spots to the seventh position. The Bates Bobcats landed in the tenth spot this week, despite seeing their run in the postseason come to a close.
Endicott was the top team to check in from outside the NESCAC, as the Gulls captured the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular season championship with a 13-12 victory over Western New England in the season finale. The Golden Bears dropped a spot to #7, and both teams will have a bye into Wednesday’s CCC semifinals, with a possible rematch on Saturday in Beverly.
Keene State heads into the Little East Conference (LEC) tournament as the #6 team in New England, up two spots after it finished its regular season with a 19-5 win over Western Connecticut State. The Owls have clinched the top seed in the LEC tournament and will wait for the winner of UMass Boston and Plymouth State for Friday’s semifinal matchup, with Eastern Connecticut receiving the #2 seed and the other bye.
Springfield moved up a spot to #9 as it defeated Babson to claim the Pilgrim League regular season title. The Pride will go for their sixth straight Pilgrim League championship this week, starting with the semifinals on Wednesday.
The NEILA weekly poll is voted on by a committee of coaches from the 53 Division III member schools.
2013 NEILA Poll #11
April 29, 2013
# School (#1 votes) Pts. PR
1 #6 Middlebury (8) 89 1
2 #15 Conn. College 76 2
3 #9 Tufts (1) 73 4
4 #18 Wesleyan 61 3
5 Endicott 50 6
6 Keene State 42 8
7 Bowdoin 29 5
8 W. New England 27 7
9 Springfield 21 10
10 Bates 20 9
Dropped Out: None
Receiving Votes: Amherst, Babson, Norwich, University of New England