Remaining Unbeatens Fall in Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Women's Top 20


Jess Castelo has 14 goals and eight assists for new No. 1 Washington and Lee.

There's a new General atop the Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Women's Top 20.

Washington and Lee ascends to the top spot following its 17-6 win at Lynchburg and losses by Gettysburg, The College of New Jersey and Brockport, last week's Nos. 1-3 teams, respectively. On Thursday, the Bullets dropped a 7-6 decision at home to TCNJ, which gave the Lions a nice bounce-back after falling at home to Middlebury Monday. Gettysburg may have remained in a malaise Saturday in an 8-7 Centennial Conference loss at Muhlenberg.

The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, Wednesday let the second half get away from them in a 13-9 home loss to then-No. 13 St. John Fisher.

Franklin & Marshall and Ithaca each picked up two wins last week to move up to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. With W&L off until April 15 for winter term exams, it will be interesting to see if squads pick up quality wins this week to adjust the rankings.

April 3, 2017




1 Washington and Lee 9-1 4 4/15 Randolph-Macon
2 Franklin & Marshall 8-1 5 4/5 vs. No. 9 Gettysburg
3 Ithaca 8-1 6 4/4 at No. 5 William Smith
4 Trinity 9-1 7 4/5 at Connecticut College
5 William Smith 8-1 8 4/4 vs. No. 3 Ithaca
6 Middlebury 7-2 10 4/5 at No. 18 Hamilton
7 TCNJ 5-1 2 4/4 vs. Stevens
8 Brockport 7-1 3 4/4 at Geneseo
9 Gettysburg 8-2 1 4/5 at No. 2 Franklin & Marshall
10 York 8-2 11 4/4 vs. No. 13 Catholic
11 Cortland 5-2 12 4/4 vs. Nazareth
12 Bowdoin 6-2 9 4/5 at Bates
13 Catholic 6-2 14 4/4 at No. 10 York
14 St. John Fisher 4-3 13 4/6 at Buffalo State
15 Salisbury 9-3 16 4/5 at Christopher Newport
16 Colby 5-3 17 4/5 vs. Univ. of New England
17 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-1 18 4/8 at Redlands
18 Hamilton 6-3 20 4/5 vs. No. 6 Middlebury
19 Tufts 4-3 19 4/5 at Williams
20 Wesleyan 6-3 15 4/5 vs. Amherst
Also Considered: Amherst, Bates, Mary Washington, Messiah, Oberlin, Rhodes

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


Washington and Lee (+3)

The Generals ascend to No. 1, completing a journey begun as an unranked squad in the preseason. They won at Lynchburg, 17-6, Saturday for their fifth straight win, but are now in the midst of a two-week break. Washington and Lee finishes with five straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference foes, none of which is ranked as of this week. Will strength of schedule catch the Generals?


Wesleyan (-5)

The Cardinals' 12-6 loss at Colby Sunday marked their third straight defeat in games against ranked foes, each of which by a minimum of four goals. Wesleyan enjoyed some quality wins to start the season, and a challenging NESCAC slate to close the season will give it opportunities to reverse a downward trend.

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