Nike/LM Division I Women's Top 20: Settled at the Top
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Rankings
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.
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.
Also considered (alphabetical order): Colorado, Johns Hopkins, Temple, Albany.
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.
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.
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