Towson Rises in Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women's Top 20


Sophomore Natalie Sulmonte led the Tigers with six points in their 14-11 upset win over Notre Dame.

Colorado cracks the top five, plus Boston College and Virginia are back in the mix in this week’s Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Top 20.

The Buffs continue rolling against their opponents and remain one of three unbeatens in the division. The No. 1 Terps and No. 5 Tigers also have unblemished seasons thus far.

The biggest jump went to Towson, which upset Notre Dame. The Irish, who won eight straight at one point this season, are on a three-game losing streak to drop them five spots in the rankings and into the middle of the pack in the ACC, a conference led by budding Virginia Tech, which is the first Top 20 team to reach 10 wins on the season.

March 20, 2017




1 Maryland 7-0 1 3/22 vs. No. 11 Penn
2 North Carolina 8-1 2 3/25 vs. No. 18 Boston College
3 Florida 7-1 3 3/25 vs. No. 17 Denver
4 Colorado 9-0 6 3/25 vs. Fresno State
5 Princeton 5-0 5 3/21 vs. No. 6 Penn State
6 Penn State 8-1 8 3/21 at No. 5 Princeton
7 Syracuse 8-2 4 3/26 vs. No. 16 Notre Dame
8 Cornell 5-1 10 3/25 at Yale
9 Stony Brook 6-1 7 3/24 vs. No. 10 USC
10 USC 6-2 9 3/24 at No. 9 Stony Brook
11 Penn 6-1 12 3/22 at No. 1 Maryland
12 Towson 6-3 18 3/25 vs. Oregon
13 Elon 6-2 14 3/24 vs. Coastal Carolina
14 Northwestern 3-5 13 3/23 at Michigan
15 Virginia Tech 10-2 15 3/24 at Campbell
16 Notre Dame 8-4 11 3/26 at No. 7 Syracuse
17 Denver 7-1 19 3/25 at No. 3 Florida
18 Boston College 8-3 NR 3/25 at No. 2 North Carolina
19 James Madison 6-3 16 3/22 vs. No. 20 Virginia
20 Virginia 4-4 NR 3/22 at No. 19 James Madison
Also considered: Duke, Johns Hopkins, Louisville, Stanford

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


Towson (+6)

Since back-to-back losses to open the season, the Tigers have gone 6-1, highlighted by an upset victory over then-No. 11 Notre Dame. 

Cornell (+2)

Upsetting USC with the game-winning goal coming with less than two minutes left in the game handed Cornell its second win over a Top 10 team this season. 


Notre Dame (-5)

The Irish are on a three-game losing streak, falling to Princeton, Towson and most recently unranked Virginia. Their schedule doesn’t get easier with Syracuse and North Carolina next in line. 

Syracuse (-3)

The Orange couldn’t handle Florida and barely escaped unranked Harvard, where former Syracuse star Kayla Treanor now coaches. They will need to pick it up against Notre Dame on March 26.


Boston College 

The Eagles have crept their way back onto the map with a win over ACC rival Louisville. However, a tough conference challenge lies ahead against No. 2 North Carolina. 


The Cavaliers have an average record, but are on the upswing after netting decisive wins over Loyola and then-No. 11 Notre Dame in a key ACC match. 


Johns Hopkins

A blowout loss to Maryland in its Big Ten opener does not bode well for the Blue Jays. Despite a 7-2 record, Johns Hopkins lacks Top 20 quality wins. 


The Cardinals cracked the Top 20 last week with a win over Duke, but dropped its game against unranked Boston College to lose its ranking. 

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