By Matt Noonan
A variety of local men’s lacrosse teams earned spots on this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll (NEILA) and below is the breakdown.
Div. 1: UMass moved up to the top seed after sitting in the second spot last week. The Minutemen are currently 4-0 and coming off a 15-2 win over Brown on Saturday.
Harvard moved up from sixth to fifth and is currently 1-2. They’ll look to even their mark tomorrow when they host Quinnipiac.
Holy Cross didn’t earn a spot, but is currently receiving votes along with Dartmouth, Providence and Vermont.
Div. 2: Merrimack remained the top squad for another week and commenced its 2014 season with an 11-3 win over Saint Rose. This week, the Warriors host Franklin Pierce, which is fifth on this week’s Division 2 poll. After their matchup with the Ravens, they’ll take on 4-1 Limestone in Towson, Maryland.
Bentley checked in as the fourth seed, which was where they were last week. The Falcons begin its campaign at Dowling on Saturday.
Div. 3: Following a 24-6 victory over Middlebury, the Jumbos remained the top squad for another week. The Jumbos return to the grass on Saturday when they travel to play No. 9 Keene State. The Owls recently earned an impressive win over No. 10 Western New England.
Springfield, which is off to a 3-0 start, checked in as the second best team in Division 3, while Endicott earned the third spot. Amherst College, which wasn’t ranked last week, is now seventh in New England.
Babson College and Wheaton College are each receiving votes. The Beavers are currently 1-1, while the Lyons are 2-0.