Salisbury Finishes 20-0 and Tops Final Nike / USA Lacrosse D-III Women's Top 20


Salisbury capped a perfect season with a national championship and rightfully moves to the top of the final Nike / USA Lacrosse Division III Women’s Top 20.

The Sea Gulls (20-0) edged Tufts 14-13 for the title on May 23 after beating Denison in dominant fashion in the semifinals. They also topped Ithaca 16-5 in the elite eight and outscored their first two opponents 42-4 after winning the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference championship.

Tufts, which was unbeaten before the championship loss to Salisbury, moves up to No. 2, while St. John Fisher — which ousted previously undefeated Catholic, William Smith and Messiah en route to the final four — finishes ranked third.

After upsetting previously No. 2 Washington & Lee in the third round, Ithaca slides into the No. 4 position, despite a loss to William Smith in the Liberty League championship game. Ithaca beat the Herons twice in the regular season. Washington & Lee drops to No. 5 with just the one loss to Ithaca; one-loss Messiah is No. 6; semifinalist Denison finishes seventh; and William Smith is eighth after knocking off former No. 1 Franklin & Marshall in the second round.

F&M fell to No. 9, and Catholic rounds out the top 10.

New to the rankings are University of Chicago and Meredith. Chicago knocked out former No. 18 John Carroll in the third round and was rewarded with a climb to No. 13. John Carroll dropped out, as did Geneseo.

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 Salisbury 20-0 3 Season complete
2 Tufts 10-1 4 Season complete
3 St. John Fisher 18-2 13 Season complete
4 Ithaca 14-2 11 Season complete
5 Washington and Lee 14-1 2 Season complete
6 Messiah 18-1 6 Season complete
7 Denison 12-2 9 Season complete
8 William Smith 10-5 10 Season complete
9 Franklin & Marshall 7-1 1 Season complete
10 Catholic 10-1 5 Season complete
11 SUNY Cortland 14-2 12 Season complete
12 TCNJ 9-3 14 Season complete
13 University of Chicago 11-2 NR Season complete
14 FDU-Florham 16-1 20 Season complete
15 Gettysburg 5-1 7 Season complete
16 Colby 4-1 8 Season complete
17 SUNY Brockport 10-3 15 Season complete
18 Montclair State 8-1 16 Season complete
19 York 12-3 17 Season complete
20 Meredith 11-4 NR Season complete
Also considered: Christopher Newport, Geneseo, Hamilton, John Carroll, Mary Washington, Roanoke, St. Mary's (Md.), Wesleyan

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