Mocs Rank 12th in Final USILA D-II Coaches' Poll of 2014
PERRY, N.Y. - In the final United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II Coaches' Poll of the 2014 regular season, Florida Southern places 12th on the 11th poll of the season released Monday afternoon.
Florida Southern, with an 11-4 overall record and 4-1 mark in the first season of Sunshine State Conference competition, fell in the SSC Tournament Championship game to Tampa in the final week of April. The Moccasins received 28 points in this week's poll to rank 12th in the country, their highest ranking to finish a season.
After claiming the Northeast-10 Conference regular season and tournament titles, along with the one-seed in the North Region for the NCAA Tournament, Adelphi (16-1) jumps to the top spot in Division II. The Panthers received 102 total points and four of the seven first-place votes, narrowly edging out Limestone for the No. 1 ranking.
Locking up the top seed in the South Region after winning the Conference Carolina regular season and tournament titles, Limestone (16-1) repeats as the No. 2 team in the country with 101 total points and the remaining three first-place votes. Splitting for the No. 3 ranking are Le Moyne (13-2) and Tampa (15-2) with 86 points each. Both teams earned the second-seed in their respective regions, with the Dolphins falling in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Semifinal to Merrimack and the Spartans claiming the SSC crown over the Mocs. Rounding out the Top 5 is Mercyhurst (11-3) with 72 points after losing the ECAC Tournament Semifinal to Seton Hill.
Checking in at No. 6 is Dowling (12-4), who snuck into the NCAA Tournament as the fourth-seed in the North Region by advancing to the East Coast Conference Tournament final. The Golden Lions, National Champions in 2011, received 58 points in this week's poll. In a two-way tie for seventh is Merrimack (12-5) and LIU-Post (9-5) with 57 points each. The Warriors fell in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Final to Adelphi after upsetting Le Moyne in the semifinal, while the Pioneers won the East Coast Conference Tournament Championship over Dowling. LIU-Post was awarded the third-seed in the North Region after three straight wins over ranked opponents, including two over their conference foe Dowling.
At No. 9 and left out of the NCAA Tournament is New York Tech (11-4). Despite upsetting top-ranked Adelphi 11-7 two weeks ago, the Bears were defeated by LIU-Post in the ECC Tournament Semifinal. South Atlantic Conference champion Queens (N.C.) (12-4), making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, checks in at No. 10 with 44 points. LIU-Post made the biggest improvement in this week's poll, moving up three spots, while New York Tech took the biggest drop by slipping from fifth to ninth.
ECAC Tournament Champion Lake Erie (10-4) ranks 11th with 35 points, while the Mocs follow in 12th, ECAC Tournament runner-up Seton Hill (9-6) at No. 13 with 18 points, Pfeiffer (9-5) checks in at 14th with 13 points, and Wheeling Jesuit (10-3) drops to 15th with 10 points to round out the Top 15. Receiving votes in the final regular season poll is Dominican (Ca.), Colorado Mesa, Mount Olive, Chestnut Hill and Lenoir-Rhyne.
The First Round of the NCAA Tournament begins on Saturday, May 10, with all four games between the North and South regions being played at the site of the higher-seeded school. In the North Region, Top-seeded Adelphi hosts Dowling while LIU-Post travels to Le Moyne, and in the South Region, Limestone hosts Queens (N.C.) as the top seed and Mercyhurst heads to Tampa to take on the Spartans. The winners advance to the NCAA Championship Semifinals before heading to Baltimore, Md. to compete in the National Championship at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.