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Buffs Enter National Rankings Following Weekend Sweep

Mar 7, 2022
Morgan Pence and Kasey Braun celebrate following a goal against then-No. 16 Vanderbilt.

BOULDER — For the first time this season, the Colorado lacrosse team has found itself ranked in both lacrosse polls. The Buffaloes are 23rd in the IL Women/IWLCA Division I and 19th in the USA Lacrosse Magazine Polls.
 
The Buffs have received votes in both polls for the last three weeks but finally broke into the rankings after upsetting then-No. 16 Vanderbilt, 18-11, on March 4 in Boulder. CU finished the weekend sweep and improved to 5-0 with a win against UC Davis (17-13) on March 6. This is the second-best start in program history for the Buffs. The best start was in 2017 when CU started 11-0.
 
Boston College is the top team in both polls this week and North Carolina is second in both as well. Both have recorded 6-0 starts this year.
 
Colorado is one of two Pac-12 teams in the IL Women/IWLCA Poll this week as Southern California (3-0) is ranked 17th while Stanford (1-4) is receiving votes. The Trojans are also 17th in the USA Lacrosse Magazine Poll.
 
 
IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll
 

Rank Institution (Record) Points Last Week
1  Boston College (6-0) 600 (24) 1
2  North Carolina (6-0) 576 2
3  Syracuse (5-1) 527 3
4  Maryland (5-0) 513 4
5  Northwestern (4-2) 508 6
6  Stony Brook (2-1) 469 5
7  Duke (6-1) 446 7
8  Michigan (7-0) 405 8
9  Loyola (4-0) 396 9
10  Princeton (3-0) 375 10
11  Denver (6-0) 370 12
12  Florida (1-3) 345 11
13  Rutgers (6-0) 299 14
14  Virginia (3-4) 251 13
15  Notre Dame (2-4) 245 16
16  Johns Hopkins (4-1) 214 20
17  USC (3-0) 177 19
18  Temple (5-1) 174 18
19  Vanderbilt (3-2) 166 16
20  Jacksonville (3-2) 136 22
21  James Madison (3-2) 129 21
22  Richmond (5-0) 127 23
23  Colorado (5-0) 112 NR
24  Drexel (3-2) 75 15
25  Navy (5-1) 38 NR

Receiving Votes: UConn, Penn, Stanford, Yale, Harvard
 
 
USA Lacrosse Magazine Poll
 

Ranking Institution Record
1 Boston College 6-0
2 North Carolina 6-0
3 Maryland 5-0
4 Northwestern 4-2
5 Syracuse 5-1
6 Stony Brook 2-1
7 Duke 6-1
8 Michigan 7-0
9 Loyola 4-0
10 Princeton 3-0
11 Denver 6-0
12 Rutgers 6-0
13 Notre Dame 2-4
14 Florida 1-3
15 Virginia 3-4
16 Richmond 5-0
17 USC 3-0
18 Jacksonville 3-2
19 Colorado 5-0
20 Johns Hopkins 4-1

 
Also considered (alphabetical order): Drexel (3-2), James Madison (3-2), Navy (5-1), Temple (5-1), UConn (4-1), Vanderbilt (3-2)