Boston College Tops Final Nike / USA Lacrosse Division I Women's Top 20


Belle Smith set freshman scoring records for Boston College.

Boston College entered the 2021 season at No. 17 in the Nike / USA Lacrosse Division I Women’s Top 20, in large part because of an inconsistent showing in 2020.

The Eagles certainly weren’t subpar, but their 4-3 mark during the pandemic-shortened season made it appear as if they were a far cry from the team that went to three straight national championship game from 2017-19. Charlotte North & Co. proved that very wrong.

North scored a Division I single-season record 102 goals to lead arguably the deepest offense in the nation, all while setting the world on fire on the draw. The defense, a unit overshadowed by such a dominant offense, was steady, backboned by Rachel Hall between the pipes.

North Carolina was the top team in the Top 20 for every single week of the 2021 season, but with the championship game in the rearview mirror, it’s Boston College that now reigns supreme.

See the final Top 20 ranking below.

Nike/US Lacrosse Rankings
Division I Men | Division I Women
Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women
Final 2021




1 Boston College 18-3 4 Season complete
2 North Carolina 20-1 1 Season complete
3 Syracuse 14-3 3 Season complete
4 Northwestern 15-1 2 Season complete
5 Stony Brook 16-3 6 Season complete
6 Notre Dame 11-7 5 Season complete
7 Florida 18-3 8 Season complete
8 Duke 11-8 7 Season complete
Loyola 12-3 9 Season complete
10 Maryland 10-7 10 Season complete
11 Johns Hopkins 8-7 11 Season complete
12 Drexel 13-3 12 Season complete
13 Virginia 9-9 13 Season complete
14 Stanford 11-1 14 Season complete
15 James Madison 12-5 15 Season complete
16 Jacksonville 12-2 16 Season complete
17 Denver 16-2 17 Season complete
18 Rutgers 7-9 19 Season complete
19 Hofstra 6-7 20 Season complete
20 Temple 13-6 NR Season complete
Also considered (alphabetical order): Colorado, Louisville, Ohio State, Penn State, UConn, UMass, Vanderbilt

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