Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Sports On NEILA (Week 4) Polls
The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Poll (Week Four) was released this afternoon and a variety of local squads earned spots on the Division 1, 2 and 3 polls.
UMass remained the top squad in Division 1. The Minutemen are currently 4-1 and coming off a 25-10 setback to Albany. They’ll return to action tomorrow when they host Providence College, which rounded out the eight-team poll.
Harvard University remained the fifth seed for the second week in a row. The Crimson is currently 3-2 and coming off a 15-7 victory over Georgetown. Devin Dwyer recorded five helpers in the win, while Will Walker, Ian Ardrey and Peter Schwartz each recorded hat tricks. Harvard will host Brown University on Saturday for its first Ivy League matchup of the season.
Bentley University and Merrimack College earned the first and second spots in the Division 2 poll. The Warriors, who were number one for another week in a row, fell to Limestone yesterday, 8-7. They’ll return to the field on Saturday when they host Saint Michael’s, which dropped from third to fifth.
The Falcons season commenced with a 15-10 setback to Dowling. Bentley has two more road contests this week against NYIT on Wednesday and AIC on Saturday. Their home opener is scheduled for Saturday, March 22 against Le Moyne.
Tufts University remained the top seed in the Division 3 poll. The Jumbos recently defeated Keene State, which moved up from ninth to eight this week. With two road contests in the books, Tufts will be in Medford tomorrow when they host Stevens followed by a Saturday afternoon NESCAC matchup against Colby College.
Springfield College remained the second best team in New England for the second straight week, while Endicott College earned the third spot for the second straight week, too. The Pride rallied to defeat Western New England on Saturday, 9-7, which provided them with their fourth consecutive win. Springfield hosts Middlebury on Wednesday before traveling to New York on Saturday to face-off against Union College.
Amherst College moved down from seventh to ninth in the 10-team poll. The Lord Jeffs suffered a 17-15 setback to Bowdoin College, which is fifth this week. Devin Acton netted a team-best five goals against the Polar Bears.
Finally, Western New England, Williams College and UMass Dartmouth are each receiving votes.