Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Spots In This Week’s USILA Poll

By Matt Noonan 

The USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) unveiled its most recent coaches poll today and a few local squads earned spots.

Division I Breakdown: No Massachusetts team appeared on this week’s list, but UMass was mentioned as one of five teams that’s currently receiving votes. The Minutemen, who haven’t appeared in the win column since defeating Harvard on Feb. 23, have dropped their last four contests, which included its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener this past weekend against Penn State. UMass can even its record with a win against Lehigh tomorrow.

Division II Breakdown: Merrimack College, who is ranked seventh, evened its record at 1-1 with a victory this past weekend against Lake Erie. Jamie Shand netted the game-winning strike against with 4:18 remaining, while teammate Corey Lunney led all scorers with four goals. Merrimack opens Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday when they travel to American International.

Division III: Tufts University snapped their two-game skid with an 18-14 victory against Stevens this past weekend. The Jumbos, who are ranked ninth this week, will attempt to continue their momentum against the Mustangs of Stevenson, who’re riding a six-game winning streak.

The 15th ranked Western New England Golden Bears picked up an impressive win against Nazareth on Sunday thanks to four goals from Corbett Corrigan Harreys. WNEC will have a few days off before they travel to Medford to face-off against Tufts.

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