Florida Southern Ranks Ninth in Final Regular Season D-II Poll
GRAND LAKES, Colo. - In the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) Division II poll of the regular season released on Monday, Florida Southern dropped three spots to land at No. 9 in the Week 11 poll.
The Moccasins, who were not selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament despite holding a 16-2 record when their season ended, received 111 points in this week's poll, dropping them from the No. 6 ranking they've occupied for the past month.
Holding onto the top spot for the second week in a row is Adelphi (19-0). The Panthers, who locked up the top-seed in the North for the NCAA Tournament with a Northeast-10 Conference Tournament title, received 224 total points and 210 of the 225 first-place votes. Following up Adelphi is Limestone (18-0), who moves into the No. 2 spot after winning the Conference Carolina Tournament along with being named the first-seed in the South Region. The Saints picked up 207 points and the remaining 15 first-place votes in the coaches' poll.
After suffering their first loss in two seasons, defending National Champion LIU-Post (17-1) received 196 points to rank third in Division II. Following the Pioneers in the four spot is New Haven (17-2) with 172 points while Lock Haven (17-2) rounds out the Top 5 with 159 points. The Chargers received the third-seed in the North Region, while Lock Haven was selected as the South Region's second-seed.
After a 15-7 loss to the Saints in the regular season finale, Lindenwood (14-3) slipped to No. 6 with 157 received points. Following the Lions is Pfeiffer (13-4) at No. 7 with 117 points, Mercyhurst (16-3) in eighth with 113 points, Florida Southern in ninth, and Saint Anselm (13-4) in 10th with 98 points.
Dropping to No. 11 in this week's poll is Le Moyne (12-5) with 72 points, and following the Dolphins is Stonehill (12-7) in 12th with 62 points, Indiana (Pa.) (13-5) at No. 13 with 44 points, Dowling (14-5) at No. 14 with 35 points, and rounding out the Top 15 is Regis (Co.) (14-3) with 14 points. Dowling entered the Top 15 rankings after upsetting LIU-Post in the East Coast Conference Tournament Championship game. Queens (N.C.) and West Chester also make an appearance in the poll, receiving votes to wrap up the final regular season poll of the 2014 season.
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 Saint Anselm while New Haven travels to LIU-Post, and in the South Region, top-seeded Limestone hosts Lindenwood and Pfeiffer heads to Pennsylvania to take on the Lade Eagles of Lock Haven. The winners advance to the NCAA Semifinal, where they will play at Kerr Stadium on the Roanoke Campus in Salem, Va., with the winners squaring off for the Division II crown.