RIT No. 1, Tufts No. 2 in Final Nike / USA Lacrosse Division III Men's Top 20


Brett Naylor totaled 17 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers for RIT this season.

Not too many surprises in the final Nike / USA Lacrosse Division III Men’s Top 20, but the last ranking of 2021 encapsulates all the excitement from a season that varied by conference but was an overall success given the circumstances. 

It’s not surprising for RIT to finish on top and for Salisbury to be not far behind. Each of the top five teams gave fans exciting action this postseason, culminating with the Tigers’ thrilling championship game victory over the Seagulls a week ago.

Before that, Tufts — the top team in the last update to the Top 20 on May 10 — put up a battle with RIT in the national semifinal. Christopher Newport skyrocketed up the ranking following a stellar postseason run, while Colorado College also cemented a place in the top 10 with its postseason showing.

Stevenson dropped following a disappointing end to its postseason run, while Centre enters the mix and Illinois Wesleyan boosted itself four spots thanks to a strong run. 

Nike/US Lacrosse Rankings
Division I Men | Division I Women
Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women
Final 2021




1 RIT 14-0 2 Season complete
2 Tufts 9-1 1 Season complete
3 Salisbury 17-2 3 Season complete
4 Christopher Newport 13-6 13 Season complete
5 York 16-2 4 Season complete
6 Lynchburg 18-3 5 Season complete
7 Colorado College 17-4 11 Season complete
8 Cabrini 11-3 6 Season complete
9 Franklin & Marshall 8-1 7 Season complete
10 St. John Fisher 12-4 9 Season complete
11 Stevens 14-3 14 Season complete
12 Illinois Wesleyan 15-2 16 Season complete
13 Centre 12-2 NR Season complete
14 SUNY Cortland 11-4 10 Season complete
15 Denison 8-2 17 Season complete
16 Stevenson 9-2 12 Season complete
17 Williams 4-1 17 Season complete
18 John Carroll 14-2 18 Season complete
19 Saint Lawrence 8-3 15 Season complete
20 Washington and Lee 11-5 19 Season complete
Also considered (alphabetical order): Hampden-Sydney

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