Middlebury No. 1 in Final Nike/USA Lacrosse Division III Women's Top 20

PHOTO BY KEITH LUCAS


After two years being unable to compete for another title, Middlebury proved not much has changed from its national championship season in 2019. The Panthers avenged their lone loss of the season, beating Tufts in the Division III championship game to capture their eighth NCAA title overall and third since 2016.

Middlebury (22-1) reclaimed its place atop the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division III Women’s Top 20 with the 13-5 win, three weeks after losing to the Jumbos in the NESCAC championship game on May 8. Tufts finished as the runner-up for a second straight year.

Meanwhile, 2021 champion Salisbury exited in the quarterfinals with a loss to The College of New Jersey, which fell to Tufts in the semifinals and finished No. 3 in the rankings with help of a regular-season win over semifinalist Gettysburg. The Bullets wrapped up their final season under coach Carol Cantele ranked No. 5.

Washington & Lee dropped down four spots from No. 2 after losing to Gettysburg in the quarterfinals, and Wesleyan climbed three spots with a second-round win over former No. 11 York.

Denison and Chicago re-joined the Top 20 with second round wins. The Big Red topped former No. 16 Catholic 13-12 in overtime before falling to Gettysburg in the third round, and Chicago beat undefeated Capital University 19-14 prior to getting knocked out by Middlebury.

Former No. 18 Messiah and former No. 20 Stevens dropped out with second-round defeats. 






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NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION III WOMEN’S TOP 20

 
June 8, 2022

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1

Middlebury

22-1

6

Season complete

2

Tufts

19-4

4

Season complete

3

TCNJ

18-3

3

Season complete

4

Salisbury

17-3

1

Season complete

5

Gettysburg

19-4

5

Season complete

6

Washington and Lee

19-3

2

Season complete

7

Franklin & Marshall

18-4

8

Season complete

8

Colby

16-4

10

Season complete

William Smith

18-2

7

Season complete

10

Ithaca

17-4

9

Season complete

11

Wesleyan

14-5

14

Season complete

12

York

15-6

11

Season complete

13

St. Lawrence

16-3

12

Season complete

14

SUNY Cortland

17-5

13

Season complete

15

SUNY Geneseo

15-4

15

Season complete

16

Chicago

18-2

NR

Season complete

17

Denison

12-7

NR

Season complete

18

Catholic

14-5

16

Season complete

19

Roger Williams

16-2

17

Season complete

20

Pomona-Pitzer

18-1

19

Season complete

Also considered (alphabetical order): Amherst, SUNY Brockport, Capital, FDU-Florham, Haverford, Kenyon, Messiah, Roanoke, Stevens, Stevenson

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