Nike/LM DII Women's Top 15: Florida Southern Finishes On Top
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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
It took just five years for Florida Southern to reach the summit of Division II women's lacrosse.
The Mocs dethroned two-time reigning national champion Adelphi in the NCAA championship game May 21 in Denver with an 8-7 victory to become the first team outside of New York, Pennsylvania or Massachusetts to claim the walnut and bronze trophy in the 16-year history of Division II.
Accordingly, Florida Southern finishes the season as the No. 1 team in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division II Women's Top 15, supplanting the Panthers in the final ranking of 2016.
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Also considered: New Haven, Regis
Florida Southern (+2): Four Mocs — first-teamers Gabby Barowski, Meghan O'Brien and Emily Santoli and third-teamer Rachael Griffith — were named IWLCA All-Americans.
Dowling (+2): The Golden Lions defeated upstart Grand Valley State in the first round of the NCAA tournament before bowing out against Adelphi.
Queens (N.C.) (+2): The Royals scored the biggest NCAA tournament first-round upset, taking down PSAC champion Mercyhurst 12-9 before falling to Lindenwood in the quarterfinals.
Adelphi (-2): The Panthers lost just one game this season, and it happened to be on the final day.
West Chester (-2): The Golden Rams were on the losing end of the other NCAA tournament first-round upset, falling 9-8 to Rollins.
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