Mocs Capture SSC Title, Rise in Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20

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The hay is in the barn for many of the teams in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Women’s Top 20, but there’s still work to do for a few others entering the final week of play before the NCAA tournament berths are announced.

Last week, No. 1 Queens (SAC), No. 2 UIndy (GLVC) and No. 7 Grand Valley State (GLIAC) all secured conference championships as expected, while No. 9 Florida Southern defeated top seed Tampa to win the SSC title.

Additional championships will be decided this week in the PSAC, with three strong contenders in No. 4 East Stroudsburg, No. 5 West Chester, and No. 11 Seton Hill; in the NE10, with No. 6 Adelphi, No. 8 Stonehill, and No. 10 Le Moyne among the favorites; and in the RMAC and ECC, where No. 3 Regis and No. 16 Mercy, respectively, are the two favorites.

NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION II WOMEN’S TOP 20

 
May 2, 2022

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1

Queens

19-0

 1

Regular season complete

2

Indianapolis

18-1

 2

Regular season complete

3

Regis

17-0

 3

5/6 vs. TBD (RMAC tournament)

4

East Stroudsburg

15-1

 4

5/6 vs. TBD (PSAC tournament)

5

West Chester

14-1

 5

5/3 vs. Millersville (PSAC tournament)

6

Adelphi

15-1

 6

5/4 vs. Bentley (NE10 tournament)

7

Grand Valley State

18-1

 7

Regular season complete

8

Stonehill

14-2

 8

5/4 vs. New Haven (NE10 tournament)

9

Florida Southern

15-3

12

Regular season complete

10

Le Moyne

13-4

10

5/4 vs. S. New Hampshire (NE10 tournament)

11

Seton Hill

14-3

13

5/6 vs. TBD (PSAC tournament)

12

Pace

13-4

14

5/4 vs. Assumption (NE10 tournament)

13

Lindenwood

15-4

 9

Regular season complete

14

Tampa

11-7

11

Regular season complete

15

Rollins

13-4

15

Regular season complete

16

Mercy

12-4

19

5/5 vs. D’Youville (ECC tournament)

17

Lynn

13-4

16

Regular season complete

18

Embry-Riddle

13-4

18

Regular season complete

19

Wingate

15-4

17

Regular season complete

20

Colorado Mesa

12-5

20

5/6 TBD (RMAC tournament)

Also considered: Davenport (13-6), Florida Tech (9-5), IUP (12-5), Mercyhurst (13-4), Millersville (12-5), Mount Olive (14-5), Roberts Wesleyan (8-5)





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HOT

Florida Southern (+3)

The Mocs have been an afterthought for much of the season, hovering around the top ten but somewhat overlooked in their own conference with the emergence of new contenders this season. But in the end, FSC ended up in its customary position in the Sunshine State Conference, winning its fourth league title. The Mocs completed their championship run with back-to-back victories over No. 15 Rollins and No. 11 Tampa.

Mercy (+3)

The Mavericks extended their winning streak to six straight with victories over Bridgeport and St. Thomas Aquinas last week, and in the process, secured the top seed for the East Coast Conference Tournament for the third straight year. Mercy begins its chase for the ECC title when it hosts fourth-seeded D’Youville in the semifinal round on Thursday.

Queens (no change)

The Royals have been the No. 1 team in the ranking since mid-March and remain in the top spot again, but after claiming their eighth straight South Atlantic Conference championship in dominating fashion and running their record to 19-0 overall, it’s hard to ignore them as one of our “HOT” teams. Queens will undoubtedly be the top seed in the NCAA tournament’s South Region and seems primed for a return trip to the final four.

NOT

Lindenwood (-4)

The defending national champs suffered their most lopsided loss since 2011, losing 14-5 to No. 2 UIndy in the GLVC Tournament’s championship game. The Lions fell behind 7-1 by halftime and never regrouped. Ranked fourth in last week’s NCAA regional rankings, Lindenwood hopes to remain in the top four to secure a postseason invite and vie for a second straight NCAA title.

Tampa (-3)

After winning eight of their last nine and securing the top seed in the SSC Tournament, the Spartans ran out of steam in the championship game, losing 20-10 at home against Florida Southern. Tampa will now wait to see if they receive one of the South Region’s four spots for the NCAA tournament.

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