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UMW Women's Lax Ranks 17th in IWLCA Preseason Poll; Will Play Six Ranked Teams

UMW Women's Lax Ranks 17th in IWLCA Preseason Poll; Will Play Six Ranked Teams

The IWLCA Division III Coaches Pre-Season Poll is topped by 2017 NCAA National Champion Gettysburg College, who claimed 19 of the 25 available first place votes. The Bullets narrowly edged out #2 TCNJ in the rankings after doing the same in last year's Championship game, a 6-5 defensive battle that saw Gettysburg claim its second NCAA title in program history. Washington and Lee, Trinity, and Middlebury comprise the remainder of the top five in the pre-season poll after going deep in the NCAA tournament last year. Checking in at numbers six through ten are William Smith, Franklin & Marshall, York, Salisbury, and Colby. The NESCAC is again the top conference in Division III with seven teams ranked in the pre-season Top 25, including Hamilton (#12), Tufts (#19), Wesleyan (#20), and Bowdoin (#23), who join the Top 10 peers (Trinity, Middlebury, and Colby).

Rank

Institution

Points

FPV

2017 Record

1

Gettysburg

618

19

21-3

2

TCNJ

605

6

19-2

3

Washington and Lee

559

0

19-2

4

Trinity (CT)

533

0

17-5

5

Middlebury

519

0

16-5

6

William Smith

482

0

20-2

7

Franklin & Marshall

472

0

17-5

8

York (PA)

452

0

16-4

9

Salisbury

434

0

16-6

10

Colby

397

0

15-4

11

Ithaca

323

0

14-5

12

Hamilton

314

0

12-6

13

Messiah

311

0

16-3

14

Catholic

302

0

14-5

15

SUNY Brockport

282

0

16-3

16

SUNY Cortland

255

0

14-5

17

Mary Washington

219

0

15-6

18

St. John Fisher

207

0

15-5

19

Tufts

168

0

10-6

20

Wesleyan (CT)

167

0

11-6

21

Colorado College

125

0

15-5

22

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

86

0

16-2

23

Bowdoin

62

0

10-6

24

Denison

41

0

15-4

25

Stevens

35

0

13-5

RV

Amherst

 

 

6-9

RV

Muhlenberg

 

 

13-4

 

The 2018 Coaches Poll has been expanded to include 25 teams in all three NCAA Divisions this year in order to more accurately reflect the growth of the game at the collegiate level in recent years. The first Division III regular season poll for the 2018 season will be published on February 26.