Top Teams Survive Tests, Hold Steady in Nike/USA Lacrosse D-II Men's Top 20

PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE ERIE ATHLETICS

Tommy Bichsel and Lake Erie crack the Top 20 at No. 19.


We’ll spend little time covering Le Moyne in this week’s rankings — but not for a lack of attention. The Dolphins came back to beat No. 3 Mercy on Saturday, shutting out the Mavericks en route to a third-straight top 10 win to start the year.

Outside of the nation’s top team, Wingate proved its quality with an impressive 11-10 victory over a hot Limestone team. Willie Grieco scored the game-winning goal with 3:11 remaining to help the Bulldogs score a big South Atlantic Conference win.

New to the rankings is a Lake Erie team that has endured an up and down 2022 season to date, but it took down Frostburg and Lewis in back-to-back weeks to enter the Top 20.

Plenty of heavyweight battles have passed, and the top teams have held their ground thus far.

NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION II MEN’S TOP 20

 
March 7, 2022

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1

Le Moyne

3-0

1

3/9 vs. Roberts Wesleyan

2

Tampa

4-0

2

3/9 vs. No. 11 Lindenwood

3

UIndy

5-0

4

3/8 vs. Walsh

4

Wingate

4-1

5

3/12 at Coker

5

Mercy

3-1

3

3/12 at No. 16 Bentley

6

Saint Anselm

2-0

6

3/12 at Southern N.H.

7

Mercyhurst

2-2

8

3/12 vs. Rockhurst

8

Adelphi

2-0

9

3/14 vs. Conn. College

9

Queens (N.C.)

4-0

10

3/12 vs. Belmont Abbey

10

Limestone

4-1

7

3/12 vs. No. 12 Lenoir-Rhyne

11

Lindenwood

1-1

12

3/7 at No. 17 Florida Southern

12

Lenoir-Rhyne

1-1

13

3/12 at No. 10 Limestone

13

Pace

1-0

14

3/8 at Dominican

14

Rollins

5-0

15

3/9 vs. Westminster

15

Mount Olive

3-2

11

3/8 vs. Newberry

16

Bentley

2-0

16

3/12 vs. No. 5 Mercy

17

Florida Southern

4-2

17

3/7 vs. No. 11 Lindenwood

18

Florida Tech

3-2

20

3/7 at Wilmington

19

Lake Erie

2-2

NR

3/9 at St. Michael's

20

Lewis

3-2

18

3/9 vs. Davenport

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





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HOT

Wingate (+1)

The Bulldogs have responded well since falling to Le Moyne at Homewood Field two weeks ago. Wingate rattled off consecutive wins over Mount Olive (15-8) and Limestone (11-10) to get the season back on track. Willie Grieco had nine goals and four assists in the two-game streak.

NOT

Mount Olive (-4)

The Trojans have faced two ranked opponents so far this season and have lost by a combined 17 goals. A win over Rockhurst on February 26 is a quality one, but Mount Olive is averaging seven goals per game in those two defeats.

NEW

Lake Erie (No. 19)

The Storm suffered back-to-back losses to UIndy and Maryville to open the year, but given the results of both teams, neither look bad in retrospect. Lake Erie now owns wins over then-ranked Frostburg and No. 20 Lewis, averaging 13.5 goals per game in those victories. Dawson Kindall leads the way with 10 goals and five assists.

OUT

Seton Hill (was No. 19)

A team traditionally in the top 10 of Division II, Seton Hill now sits at 3-3 after falling to Florida Tech on Saturday. After dropping 22 goals in a victory over Wheeling, the Griffins had just one goal in the first half of the loss to Florida Tech.

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