May 9, 2016
Cornell's wins over Princeton and Penn earned the Big Red their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006. (Kevin P. Tucker)
Cornell's wins over Princeton and Penn earned the Big Red their first NCAA tournament bid since 2006. (Kevin P. Tucker)

Nike/LM Division I Women's Top 20: Settled at the Top

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings

Division I Men's Top 20
Division I Women's Top 20
Division II Men's Top 15
Division II Women's Top 15
Division III Men's Top 20
Division III Women's Top 20

In the final in-season update of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I Women's Lacrosse Top 20, the top of the table is well settled. Maryland remained at the No. 1 spot after taking the Big Ten title, with Florida at No. 2 fresh off its Big East win. North Carolina and Southern California were idle after their tournaments a week ago, while Syracuse played a half and closed out a close 13-11 victory over Canisius in a game delayed from earlier in the season.

[IWLCA Poll: Terps Sweep as NCAA Season Kicks Off]

Cornell was the big mover this week after taking the Ivy League championship, moving to No. 8. Northwestern also saw a bump after a pair of wins and a good game against Maryland in the Big Ten.

The next update to the Nike/LM Top 20 will occur after the championship has been decided over Memorial Day weekend.

W-L
Last Week
Results
Next
1
Maryland 22-1
1
W, Rutgers 19-9; W, Northwestern 12-9
5/15 vs. Virginia/Johns Hopkins
2
Florida 18-2
2
W, Georgetown 11-8; W, Temple 16-4
5/15 vs. Penn State/Winthrop
3
North Carolina 20-2
3
DNP
5/15 vs. Loyola/Duke
4
Southern California 20-1
4
DNP
5/15 vs. Stanford/James Madison
5
Syracuse 19-6
5
W, Canisius 13-11
5/15 vs. Stony Brook/Boston College
6
Stony Brook 17-4
6
W, New Hampshire 17-4; W, Albany 10-9
5/13 vs. Boston College
7
Notre Dame 14-7
7
DNP
5/15 vs. Northwestern/Louisville
8
Cornell 14-5
13
W, Princeton 10-9 (OT); W, Penn 11-10
5/13 vs. Canisius
9
Stanford 15-5
8
DNP
5/13 vs. James Madison
10
Penn 15-5
9
W, Harvard 6-5 (OT); L, Cornell 11-10
5/13 vs. Wagner
11
Princeton 11-6
10
L, Cornell 10-9 (OT)
5/13 vs. Umass
12
Northwestern 11-10
16
W, Penn State 9-6; L, Maryland 12-9
5/13 vs. Louisville
13
Duke 11-9
11
DNP
5/13 vs. Loyola
14
Louisville 12-6
12
DNP
5/13 vs. Northwestern
15
Penn St. 14-7
14
L, Northwestern 9-6
5/13 vs. Winthrop
16
Virginia 9-9
15
DNP
5/13 vs. Johns Hopkins
17
Towson 16-4
19
W, Elon 8-6; W, James Madison 14-6
5/13 vs. Old Dominion
18
Boston College 10-9
17
DNP
5/13 vs. Stony Brook
18
Massachusetts 20-2
18
W, Saint Joseph's 10-9; W, Richmond 10-7
5/13 vs. Princeton
20
Loyola (Md.) 14-6
20
W, Lehigh 13-8; W, Navy 12-8
5/13 vs. Duke

Also considered (alphabetical order): Colorado, Johns Hopkins, Temple, Albany.

Who's Hot?

Cornell (+5): Wins over Princeton and Penn vault the Big Red into the Top 10 after earning their first Ivy League tournament championship and first NCAA bid since 2006. They'll take on Canisius in the first round at home, with a chance to play either UMass or Princeton two days later if they can get by the Griffs.

Northwestern (+4): The roller-coaster year continues for the Wildcats, who earned wins over Michigan and Penn State and then played Maryland tough in the Big Ten finals. They drew a very hard path in the NCAAs, with Louisville up first and the winner taking on Notre Dame. 

Who's Not?

Penn (-1): The Quakers had home field for the Ivy League tournament but needed OT to get by fourth-seed Harvard and then fell to Cornell in the finals.

Penn State (-1): In a tough draw, the Nittany Lions drew Northwestern playing on its home field even though Penn State was the higher seed. But, they'll have a chance for redemption with a trip to Florida to play Big South Winthrop for the right to take on the No. 2 Gators.

Who's New?

None

Dropped Out?

None


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