NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings
|Positioned first or second in every ranking besides the IWLCA (Syracuse is No. 2 in that one), North Carolina and Maryland remain atop our latest composite rankings. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)|
It's Week 3 in the NCAA Division I women's composite rankings, and things get a little trickier with the inclusion of the LaxPower Top 20. Most teams have played enough games to shake the bugs out of the algorithm, and it becomes another valid metric. Yet still, North Carolina remains solid at No. 1.
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.
Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings: March 3
With the addition of LaxPower, we have a new set of standards in play from the computer ranking, which throws a few teams around. Most significantly, Duke (NR in LaxPower and sixth everywhere else) and Northwestern (17th in LaxPower; fourth everywhere else) take a hit, while Albany (Fifth LaxPower, not ranked otherwise) gets a big boost.
The biggest outlier in the non-computer rankings this week comes in the form of Penn, which we slotted at No. 7 after a tough game against the top-ranked Tar Heels, while the media and coaches had them in the 15-20 range.
As always, it's interesting to see where all these teams fall and average things out to get a good read on where the overall pulse in college lacrosse lies.
A note on the averages: if a team was not in the Top 20 of a particular poll but received votes, they receive a score of 21, as teams outside of the ranked 20 are not assigned a place.
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