Florida Southern Cracks Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20

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Jeff Atlas has 17 goals and 22 assists through six games.


Heavyweight battles littered last week’s Division II men’s lacrosse slate, with Le Moyne, Tampa, UIndy and Limestone all picking up ranked wins to separate from the pack — at least temporarily.

The defending national champions followed its win over No. 2 Wingate with a one-goal victory over then-No. 6 Mercyhurst. The Lakers had chances to tie it in the final minutes but could not find an equalizer in a game that counts as a loss but is nonetheless impressive.

Limestone continued its surge by taking down Lindenwood, which recently announced its plans to reclassify to Division I.

Another busy week down, but not a tremendous amount of movement after the dust has settled.

NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION II MEN’S TOP 20

 
Feb. 28, 2022

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Le Moyne

2-0

1

3/5 at No. 3 Mercy

2

Tampa

3-0

2

3/5 vs. No. 14 Frostburg

3

Mercy

3-0

3

3/5 vs. No. 1 Le Moyne

4

UIndy

4-0

4

3/5 at Montevallo

5

Wingate

2-1

5

3/1 vs. No. 13 Mount Olive

6

Saint Anselm

1-0

7

3/5 vs. Georgian Court

7

Limestone

4-0

8

3/5 vs. No. 5 Wingate

8

Mercyhurst

1-2

6

3/5 vs. Molloy

9

Adelphi

0-0

9

3/2 vs. Georgian Court

10

Queens (N.C.)

3-0

12

3/5 vs. Newberry

11

Mount Olive

3-1

13

3/1 at No. 5 Wingate

12

Lindenwood

1-1

10

3/7 at No. 17 Florida Southern

13

Lenoir-Rhyne

2-1

11

3/5 vs. Coker

14

Pace

0-0

16

3/2 vs. Caldwell

15

Rollins

4-0

18

3/5 at Flagler

16

Bentley

1-0

19

3/6 at St. Michael's

17

Florida Southern

4-2

NR

3/7 vs. No. 12 Lindenwood

18

Lewis

3-1

14

3/5 at Lake Erie

19

Seton Hill

2-2

17

3/1 vs. Wheeling

20

Florida Tech

2-2

20

3/5 at No. 17 Seton Hill

Also considered: Belmont Abbey, Colorado Mesa, Frostburg, Lake Erie, Maryville, Newberry, Rockhurst





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HOT

Rollins (+3)

The Tars have won four straight games to begin their season, getting by a test from Lynn over the weekend in which Rollins had a big lead and held on late. With wins over Florida Tech and Palm Beach Atlantic, Rollins is looking like Florida’s best team not named Tampa.

NOT

Lewis (-4)

What is still an impressive start to the season hit a speed bump in a 12-goal loss to Mercyhurst last Monday. The Flyers struggled against one of the better defenses in Division II, scoring just two goals in the first half.

IN

Florida Southern (No. 17)

Already six games into the season, Florida Southern owns a win over Belmont Abbey and a one-goal loss to a Limestone team that looks like a national title contender. The Mocs are averaging just under 22 goals per game in wins and just eight goals per game in losses.

OUT

Frostburg (was No. 14)

The Bobcats kicked off their season with a 14-11 loss to a previously winless Lake Erie team. Not the way Frostburg wanted to begin the year, but a matchup with Tampa this weekend could help right the ship.

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