February 17, 2014

NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

North Carolina swept the top spot in all three ranks, with Maryland averaging slightly higher than Syracuse to come in second. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

Welcome to Lacrosse Magazine's first look at the "composite rankings" for the top 20 teams in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse.

Each week, we will publish an aggregate of the four major polls from Lacrosse Magazine, the ILWomen.com media poll, the IWLCA coaches poll and the LaxPower computer rankings. (Note: LaxPower rankings will be incorporated later this season, when its algorithm will provide a more accurate reading.)

NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings: Feb. 17

Composite

Team

LM

IWLCA

Media

Average

1

North Carolina

1

1

1

1

2

Maryland

2

3

2

2.33

3

Syracuse

3

2

3

2.67

4

Northwestern

4

4

5

4.33

5

Duke

5

5

6

5.33

6

Florida

7

7

4

6

7

Penn State

6

8

7

7

8

Loyola (MD)

9

6

10

8.33

T-9

Georgetown

8

10

9

9

T-9

Virginia

10

9

8

9

11

Stony Brook

11

12

14

12.33

12

Massachusetts

15

11

13

13

13

Notre Dame

16

15

11

14

T-14

Penn

12

16

16

14.67

T-14

Boston College

14

13

17

14.67

16

Stanford

13

14

20

15.67

17

Navy

19

19

12

16.67

18

Princeton

20

17

15

17.3

19

Denver

18

18

18

18

20

Towson

17

20

19

18.67

At the top, things are fairly consistent — the same teams appear in the top 10 and top 20 in each of the three current polls — but there are some differences as you dig deeper into the rankings.

The media poll appears to be far more forgiving of Notre Dame's loss on Saturday to Boston College, ranking the Irish at 11th compared to 15the and 16th in the other two sets of rankings. The media poll also has Navy ranked significantly higher at No. 12. The flip side is that both Boston College (17th) and Stanford (20th) dropped in the media poll despite victories over Notre Dame and Ohio State, respectively.

The season is still in its infancy. It will be interesting to see where these rankings begin to shake out once more teams are playing substantial games in March. Follow the developments weekly at LaxMagazine.com.

Source Rankings:

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Women's Top 20
Brine Division I Women's Media Top 20
IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll


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