New No. 1, Changes at Top of Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20

PHOTO BY JOHN STROHSACKER


A changing of the guard at No. 1 was consistent between Division I and Division II men’s lacrosse. While Maryland dominated Virginia to take over at No. 1 in D-I, Le Moyne lost a mid-week game to Florida Southern to lose its position as the top-ranked team in Division II. However, the Dolphins don’t sit too far from Tampa — with wins over top 10 teams in Mercy, Mercyhurst, Saint Anselm and Wingate.

Le Moyne wasn’t the only team in the top five to fall last week. UIndy dropped a battle with Lindenwood in which it held a three-goal second-half lead, and Wingate fell to a spirited Anderson team.

Finally, we have chaos in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine Division II rankings.

 
March 21, 2022

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1

Tampa

7-0

2

3/22 at Flagler

2

Le Moyne

5-1

1

3/26 vs. Southern N.H.

3

Mercy

5-1

5

3/26 at Molloy

4

Mercyhurst

3-2

6

3/22 vs. Lake Erie

5

Adelphi

4-0

8

3/26 vs. No. 10 Saint Anselm

6

Wingate

6-2

4

3/26 at Mars Hill

7

Limestone

6-1

9

3/23 vs. Lander

8

Lindenwood

4-2

12

3/21 vs. Adams State

9

UIndy

7-1

3

3/23 vs. No. 17 Lewis

10

Saint Anselm

3-1

6

3/26 at No. 5 Adelphi

11

Pace

5-0

10

3/26 vs. American International

12

Rollins

7-0

11

3/26 vs. Embry-Riddle

13

Florida Southern

6-3

18

3/22 vs. Frostburg

14

Lenoir-Rhyne

6-3

12

3/26 vs. No. 15 Queens (N.C.) 

15

Queens (N.C.)

5-2

13

3/26 at No. 14 Lenoir-Rhyne

16

Newberry

6-2

15

3/23 at Saint Leo

17

Lewis

6-2

16

3/23 at No. 9 UIndy

18

Florida Tech

4-3

17

3/23 vs. Colorado Mesa

19

Bentley

3-1

20

3/26 vs. Franklin Pierce

20

Maryville

7-1

N/A

3/23 at Rockhurst

Also considered: Anderson, Belmont Abbey, Colorado Mesa, Frostburg, Lake Erie, Mount Olive, Rockhurst, Seton Hill





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Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women

HOT

Florida Southern (+5)

The Mocs did what seemed almost impossible heading into March — down the defending champion Le Moyne Dolphins. Florida Southern used a six-goal third quarter and clung on for the biggest upset of the young season. It followed that win with another impressive effort in a victory against Lynn.

Lindenwood (+4)

The Lions have responded well since falling to Limestone and Tampa in late February and early March. Lindenwood trailed 3-0 early but rallied to set up a thrilling last few minutes, where Indy’s Drew Billing scored with 22 seconds to send the game to overtime, where Patrick Kaschalk scored the game-winner.

NOT

UIndy (-6)

The other side of that matchup, looks a little bleaker, with the Greyhounds failing to hold onto the lead against a GLVC rival. The seven goals scored is a season-low, but UIndy must respond quickly with Lewis coming to town Wednesday.

Saint Anselm (-4)

The Hawks had to play the role of taking on Le Moyne following a loss — one of the toughest tasks any team could face. Despite holding the Dolphins to just seven goals, Saint Anselm couldn’t get its offense going and fell 7-5.

NEW

Maryville (No. 20)

It’s about time Maryville made its way into the top 20. The Saints’ early-season schedule was not loaded with ranked opponents, but a 7-1 record with a victory over Lake Erie is hard to ignore. The two-goal loss to Lewis last month also looks better given the Flyers’ recent string of results.

OUT

Mount Olive (was No. 19)

The Trojans snapped a three-game losing streak by blowing out Emmanuel over the weekend, but the damage had been done. Back-to-back one-goal losses to Newberry and Seton Hill will sting, but Mount Olive has a chance to get back on track against Belmont Abbey this weekend.

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