Florida Southern, Adelphi Hold Top Spots in Nike/USL Division II Women's Top 20

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Defending national champion Florida Southern extended its winning streak to 15 games with an opening victory over Grand Valley State.


Defending NCAA champion Florida Southern opened its season with a strong 18-12 victory at home against No. 9 Grand Valley State to retain the No. 1 ranking in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Women’s Top 20. Kendall Kerge scored seven goals to lead the way for the Moccasins, who extended their winning streak to 15 straight games dating back to last year. The Mocs host No. 2 Adelphi Tuesday in a rematch of last year’s national championship game. Adelphi also beat Grand Valley State in its opener on Saturday, as nine players tallied goals in a lopsided 21-2 victory.

 
Feb 20, 2017

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1 Florida Southern 1-0  1 2/21 vs. No. 2 Adelphi
2 Adelphi 1-0  2 2/21 vs. No. 1 Florida Southern
3 Lindenwood 2-0  4 2/26 vs. No. 1 Florida Southern
4 LIU Post 0-0  3 2/25 vs. No. 18 Pace
5 Le Moyne 0-0  5 3/4 at No. 4 LIU Post
6 NYIT 0-0  7 2/25 at Georgian Court
7 Limestone 3-0 14 2/24 vs. Tampa
8 Rollins 1-1  6 2/24 at No. 12 Queens
9 Mercyhurst 0-0 10 3/4 at Shepherd
10 West Chester 0-0 11 3/6 vs. Holy Family
11 Queens 0-1  8 2/24 vs No. 8 Rollins
12 Grand Valley State 0-2  9 3/6 vs. No. 15 Bentley
13 Indiana (Pa.) 0-0 12 3/11 at Florida Tech
14 Regis (Colo.) 1-0 16 2/25 at Colorado-Mesa
15 Bentley 0-0 13 3/6 vs. No. 11 Grand Valley State
16 Lock Haven 0-0 15 3/7 vs. Chestnut Hill
17 Stonehill 0-0 17 3/5 at No. 6 Rollins
18 Pace 0-0 18 2/25 at No. 3 LIU Post
19 Southern New Hampshire 0-0 19 3/1 at Chestnut Hill
20 Mount Olive 4-0 NR 2/21 vs. Wingate
Also Considered: Belmont Abbey, New Haven, St. Anselm





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

HOT

Limestone (+7)
The Saints are off to a 3-0 start, with blowout wins over Conference Carolinas foes Emmanuel and Barton sandwiched around an 11-10 non-conference victory over then-No. 8 Queens (N.C.).  Trailing 10-8 against Queens, Limestone scored the final three goals of the game over the final seven minutes to claim the come-from-behind victory.

NOT

Queens (N.C.) (-3)
The Royals are the preseason favorite in the South Atlantic Conference and had a chance to start the year with a statement win over Limestone, but failed to hold a two-goal lead in the closing minutes. Queens has a chance to rebound this week in another non-conference showdown against No. 8 Rollins.

Grand Valley State (-3)
By any standard, the Lakers faced a tough opening weekend by playing the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams in back-to-back games. While it may not be surprising that Grand Valley State lost both games, the lopsided nature of the 21-2 loss against Adelphi, on a neutral field, is troublesome. The Lakers will have a chance for some fine-tuning, as they are idle until March 6 when they face No. 15 Bentley.

NEW

Mount Olive
Despite a second-place finish in Conference Carolinas last year and a narrow 3-2 loss to Limestone in the league’s tournament championship game, the Trojans were not ranked this preseason. And while the opposition thus far has not been too stiff, a 4-0 start to the 2017 season has not gone unnoticed. Tougher tests are ahead for coach Grant Kelam’s squad.

OUT

St. Anselm
Moving Mount Olive into the poll meant that somebody had to leave, in this case, through no fault of their own. The Hawks, who were No. 20 in the preseason and one of seven Northeast-10 squads in the poll, have yet to play. They open their season on March 4 at Florida Tech.

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