James Madison Debuts in Nike/USL Division I Women's Top 20


The Dukes celebrate their 11-10 win over UConn on Tierney Field in the first NCAA regular season women’s lacrosse game at the new US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.

There were some exciting games this past week –  No. 3 USC's 11-10 overtime win over No. 12 Northwestern, No. 8 Duke’s 12-10 triumph over Stanford in the Patriot Cup in Texas and No. 15 Denver’s 11-10 rout of Louisville in triple overtime, just to name a few – but there wasn’t much movement in this week’s Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Top 20.

The Pioneers moved up one spot with their undefeated 4-0 record following their win over the Cardinals – their best start in program history.

But it was the previously unranked James Madison that made its debut this week after an 11-10 victory over UConn for its third straight win following a season-opening loss to the reigning NCAA champion North Carolina – by just two goals. The Dukes’ solid effort against the Tar Heels has carried into each subsequent game, making them a team to watch this season.

The Ivy League kicked off competition this weekend – Penn defeated Delaware 9-7, Princeton dominated Temple 19-3 and Cornell topped Villanova 18-6 – so each Top 20 team has now played at least one game in 2017. 

Feb 20, 2017




1 North Carolina 3-0 1 2/25 at No. 2 Maryland
2 Maryland 2-0 2 2/25 vs. No. 1 North Carolina
3 USC 2-0 3 2/24 at No. 5 Florida
4 Stony Brook 2-0 4 2/21 at Marist
5 Florida 0-1 5 2/24 vs. No. 3 USC
6 Syracuse 3-0 6 2/25 vs. UMass
7 Penn State 3-0 7 2/22 at Duquesne
8 Duke 4-0 8 2/18 vs. No. 18 Stanford
9 Penn 1-0 9 2/25 at No. 13 Johns Hopkins
10 Princeton 1-0 10 2/25 at Virginia
11 Colorado 3-0 11 2/26 vs. UC Davis
12 Northwestern 2-2 12 3/3 vs. Syracuse
13 Johns Hopkins 2-0 13 2/22 at Loyola
14 Notre Dame 4-1 14 2/23 at No. 19 Elon
15 Denver 4-0 16 2/24 vs. UC Davis
16 Towson 1-2 15 2/22 at Georgetown
17 Cornell 1-0 16 2/25 vs. No. 7 Penn State
18 James Madison 3-1 NR 2/25 vs. High Point
19 Elon 4-0 19 2/23 vs. No. 14 Notre Dame
20 Stanford 1-2 18 2/21 vs. St. Mary's (Calif.)
Also considered (alphabetical): Albany, Louisville, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech



Denver (+1)

After a 2-2 start the past two seasons, the Pioneers are moving the needle. They play three more non-conference games before Big East play with the biggest test to come March 3 against a fellow Colorado team on the rise. Can they continue their hot start?


Stanford (-2)

An upset loss at the hands of then-unranked Denver, followed by a four-goal loss to Duke, doesn’t bode well for the Cardinal after graduating Lucy Dikeou, who was one of the top all-around midfielders in college lacrosse.


James Madison

The Dukes break into the Top 20 after netting consecutives wins over UConn, Virginia Tech and Michigan. James Madison’s 9-6 rout of Virginia Tech gets an extra nod after the Hokies upset Boston College for their first ACC win since 2012.


Boston College

The Eagles are struggling early this season and haven’t won a conference game yet. They lost to ACC rivals Syracuse and Virginia Tech by 10 and six goals, respectively. 

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