Unbeaten Salisbury No. 1 Heading into Big Week


After beating Christopher Newport and Frostburg State last week, No. 1 Salisbury closes out the regular season this week with games against No. 3 York and No. 13 Cabrini.

After a wild week, things returned to relative calm in the DIII men’s lacrosse world, with only four ranked teams suffering losses - and three of those coming in contests against a ranked foe.

Salisbury continued its dominating run atop the charts with victories over Christopher Newport and Frostburg State. Next week will see a pair of tests, as No. 3 York and No. 13 Cabrini on the slate. Tufts holds strong at No. 2, having set a school record for wins to start the season with Saturday’s victory over Hamilton. York remains at No. 3 going into its showdown at Salisbury, while Denison and Dickinson move to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, following Cortland’s loss to RIT.

Bates, the only other unbeaten team left in DIII besides the Gulls and Jumbos, moves up to No. 6, with a long break before a huge test against NESCAC rival Tufts next week.

Further down the charts, Gettysburg’s struggles continued with a loss to unranked Swarthmore, knocking the Bullets out at 6-5. In their place is Vassar, which debuts in the rankings at No. 20 off back-to-back victories over Rensselaer and Clarkson.

April 10, 2017




1 Salisbury 14-0 1 4/12 vs. No. 3 York
2 Tufts 11-0 2 4/15 at No. 14 Amherst
3 York 14-1 3 4/12 at No. 1 Salisbury
4 Denison 9-1 5 4/12 at Wooster
5 Dickinson 9-1 6 4/12 at Gettysburg
6 Bates 10-0 9 4/18 at No. 2 Tufts
7 RIT 8-2 7 4/15 vs. Union
8 Cortland 9-1 4 4/12 vs. Geneseo
9 St. Lawrence 9-1 8 4/12 vs. Clarkson
10 Ithaca 9-2 10 4/12 vs. St. John Fisher
11 Wesleyan 9-1 14 4/11 vs. Trinity
12 Stevenson 8-3 11 4/13 at Alvernia
13 Cabrini 7-3 12 4/12 at Neumann
14 Amherst 8-3 13 4/11 vs. Connecticut College
15 Franklin & Marshall 8-2 15 4/12 at McDaniel
16 Ursinus 8-2 17 4/15 at No. 15 Franklin & Marshall
17 Stevens 8-3 18 4/12 vs. Hartwick
18 Bowdoin 7-3 19 4/12 vs. Keene State
19 Ohio Wesleyan 7-4 20 4/12 vs. Wabash
20 Vassar 9-2 NR 4/12 vs. Farmingdale State
Also considered: Aurora, Catholic, Gettysburg, Frostburg St., Lynchburg, Renssalaer, Roanoke, Springfield, Union


Bates (+3)

With victories over a ranked Bowdoin team and an always-dangerous (even if sub-.500) Middleburg squad this week, the Bobcats demonstrated they’re in the NESCAC title and NCAA tournament hunt for real. Led by high-scoring midfielders Charlie Fay (35G, 12A) and Kyle Weber (34,10), Bates is averaging over 16 goals per game.

Wesleyan (+3)

On a nine game win streak following their season-opening loss to Bates, the Cardinals are also right in the NESCAC mix. This week, they dispatched then-No. 13 Amherst, breaking what had been a tight game open with a 4-0 run out of the halftime break and then a 3-0 run in the fourth to put things away for good.


Cortland (-4)

A big jump last week for the Red Dragons, only to see a big fall this week after a loss to RIT.

The loss was closer for most of the contest than the final 15-9 score would indicate - Jimmy Nielsen’s score off a Tyler Brown feed early in the fourth knotted the score at nine, but RIT scored six straight to close the contest.



A game-winning goal with just four seconds left by freshman Michael Mullen against Clarkson paved the way for Vassar’s debut in the Top 20 this week. At 9-2, the Brewers have already tied their school record for victories in a season. The road gets no easier coming up, as St. Lawrence and RIT are both on the slate in the next two weeks.



A loss to unranked Swarthmore leaves the Bullets at just 6-5, and with only one win against a ranked team (Ursinus) on their resume. Up next is Dickinson which could provide a huge chance for redemption and a path right back into the table.

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