By Matt Noonan
The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) released its second poll of the season yesterday and various local Division 1, 2 and 3 teams earned spots on each poll, which we’ve highlighted below.
Div. 1: UMass checked in as the second best team in New England, which was where they were last week. Harvard slipped from fourth to sixth and Holy Cross is currently receiving votes. Yale University is currently the top team in New England. The Bulldogs were ranked first in the preseason poll.
Div. 2: For the second week in a row, Merrimack College claimed the top spot in the five-team Division 2 poll. The Warriors’ 2014 campaign kicks-off on Saturday, March 1 when they host Saint Rose. Franklin Pierce, which is fifth in the poll this week, travels to North Andover next Tuesday, March 4 for what could be an early must-see matchup.
Excluding Merrimack, Bentley University claimed the fourth spot in this week’s poll. The Falcons were fifth in last week’s poll and will begin play on Saturday, March 8 when they travel to Dowling.
Div. 3: Similar to Merrimack, Tufts University retained the top seed for the second week in a row. The Jumbos begin their season on Saturday when they travel to Middlebury to face-off against the Panthers. Middlebury was chosen as the fourth best team this week.
Western New England was selected as the second best team in New England for the second consecutive week, while Endicott moved up from fifth to third. Springfield College rounded out the top-five by moving up to fifth from eighth last week. The Pride have already won two contests this season.
Babson, which earned a 12-5 victory over Skidmore, is now 10th overall in New England, while Amherst and Williams are each receiving votes.