Tampa Bolsters Resume, Stays at No. 2 in Nike/USA Lacrosse D-II Men's Top 20

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Luke McAnaney had two goals and one assist against Florida Tech.


Tampa men’s lacrosse had itself a challenging last week, battling two ranked teams in the span of three days. After dispatching former No. 11 Lindenwood, the Spartans roared back from down two goals in the fourth quarter to down Florida Tech on a Harry Kilkowski double-overtime winner.

Tampa-Florida Tech was the game of the year in Division II thus far, but we had plenty of action last week that helped shape the Nike/USA Lacrosse Top 20. Limestone proved its worth with a 13-3 blowout of Lenoir-Rhyne, Belmont Abbey picked up a big win over Queens (N.C.) and Newberry got past Mount Olive.

While the top eight teams stay put this week, we had plenty of change from Nos. 10-20. Stay tuned this week for a handful of ranked matchups, including two involving No. 1 Le Moyne.

NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION II MEN’S TOP 20

 
March 14, 2022

W/L

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1

Le Moyne

4-0

1

3/14 at No. 18 Florida Southern

2

Tampa

6-0

2

3/19 vs. Colorado Mesa

3

UIndy

7-0

3

3/19 at No. 12 Lindenwood

4

Wingate

5-1

4

3/16 vs. No. 13 Queens (N.C.)

5

Mercy

4-1

5

3/20 at Seton Hill

6

Saint Anselm

3-0

6

3/19 vs. No. 1 Le Moyne

7

Mercyhurst

2-2

7

3/19 vs. Wheeling

8

Adelphi

2-0

8

3/14 vs. Conn. College

9

Limestone

5-1

10

3/16 vs. Catawba

10

Pace

3-0

13

3/16 at Georgian Court

11

Rollins

6-0

14

3/19 at Rockhurst

12

Lindenwood

3-2

11

3/19 vs. No. 3 UIndy

13

Queens (N.C.)

4-1

9

3/16 at No. 4 Wingate

14

Lenoir-Rhyne

4-3

12

3/16 vs. Anderson

15

Newberry

4-2

N/A

3/16 vs. Coker

16

Lewis

5-2

20

3/15 vs. Alabama Huntsville

17

Florida Tech

4-3

18

3/23 vs. Colorado Mesa

18

Florida Southern

4-3

17

3/14 vs. No. 1 Le Moyne

19

Mount Olive

3-3

15

3/14 at Seton Hill

20

Bentley

2-1

16

3/19 at Saint Rose

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





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HOT

Pace (+3)

The Setters primarily benefited from losses by teams above them in the rankings, but a three-game win streak to start the season is worth noting. Pace is averaging 19 goals per game in wins over Caldwell, Dominican and Georgian Court.

Rollins (+3)

The Tars continue a torrid start to the season, downing Westminster 19-11 at home last Wednesday. Outside of one-goal games against Florida Tech and Lynn, Rollins has averaged a 9.25-goal margin of victory.

NOT

Queens (N.C.) (-4)

The Royals suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Belmont Abbey on Saturday, managing just six goals (including none in the second and third quarters). Only two players (Tyler Ewen, Jack Royer).

Mount Olive (-4)

The Trojans have now lost back-to-back Tuesday games, starting with the blowout against Wingate and a one-goal setback to Newberry. Mount Olive trailed by as many as seven goals in the fourth quarter against Newberry, but the whole proved one goal too large to overcome.

NEW

Newberry (No. 15)

The Wolves needed to rebound after back-to-back losses to UIndy and Queens, and they did so in impressive fashion. First, Newberry held off the intense rally from Mount Olive for the 13-12 upset win. Then, it dropped 23 goals on Tusculum in a Saturday victory. Four different players have scored double-digit goals for the Wolves.

OUT

Lake Erie (was No. 19)

The Storm entered the top 20 last week on the heels of wins over Frostburg and Lewis, but could not push its momentum into a matchup with St. Michael’s. Lake Erie led by three goals after a quarter, but allowed eight second-quarter goals for the road loss.

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