Mass. College Lax: Locals Earn Spots On NEILA Poll (Week Six)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Numerous local squads earned spots on this week’s New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Polls (NEILA), and below is a breakdown of each division.

Beginning in Division 1, UMass, which was the number one team for a few weeks, slipped to the third spot in this week’s poll. Fairfield and Yale are currently in a two-way tie for first place. The Minutemen are currently 7-2 and are coming off a 12-6 victory over Hofstra.

Harvard remained the fifth seed for another week, while Holy Cross is receiving votes. The Crimson has won four of its last five outings and will look to continue their momentum against Duke on Saturday, March 29. The Blue Devils recently defeated Syracuse University, 21-7, on Sunday.

In Division 2, Merrimack remains the top squad for the sixth straight week. The Warriors are 2-1 in their last three outings. They return to the grass tomorrow when they travel to New York to face-off against undefeated Le Moyne College.

Bentley retained the second spot for another week, while Assumption College is receiving votes for the five-team poll. The Falcons will travel to St. A’s tomorrow, while the Greyhounds head to Franklin Pierce. Both the Hawks and Ravens are ranked in this week’s poll as St. A’s is third, while Franklin Pierce is fourth.

Similar to the Warriors, Tufts retained the top spot in Division 3 for the sixth consecutive week. The Jumbos are currently 5-1 and will resume play tomorrow when they travel to Springfield to face-off against Western New England, which is receiving votes.

Springfield moved up from the sixth spot to the second, while Amherst moved from fifth to third. Endicott and Wesleyan are currently in a two-way tie for fourth, while Williams moved up from seventh to sixth.

Excluding the Golden Bears, UMass Dartmouth is also receiving votes. The Corsairs are currently 5-1 and coming off a recent victory over Wentworth.

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