Women’s Lacrosse Ranked Sixth in Final IWLCA Poll
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After a historic run to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals, the Navy women’s lacrosse team finished the year ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association end of the year poll, as announced by the IWLCA.
The University of Maryland (23-0) gathered all 20 first place votes to finish the season ranked first in the final IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll of the 2017 season. The Terps won their 14th NCAA Championship on Sunday, by virtue of a 16-13 win over Boston College (17-7) to finish the 2017 campaign undefeated. The Eagles land in the second position in the poll, ahead of Penn State (17-4), Stony Brook (20-2), and North Carolina (17-3).
Navy (18-5) entered the coaches poll for the first time in 2017, claiming the No. 6 spot after the Midshipmen’s historic run to the NCAA Semifinals.
The Mids began their run in the Patriot League Tournament. As the No. 2 seed, Navy defeated Lehigh in the semifinals, 9-8, to advance to the championship game. The Midshipmen won their fifth Patriot League Championship, beating top-seed Loyola, 15-5 – snapping the Greyhounds’ 41-game winning streak against League opponents.
In the NCAA Tournament, Navy upset No. 7 Penn, 11-10, for the first win in program history against a ranked opponent. The Midshipmen routed UMass, 23-11, in the second round to advance to the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals to face defending National Champion North Carolina.
Against the No. 2 Tar Heels, the Mids rallied from being down 13-10 to score six of the final seven goals and post a 16-14 victory to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament Final Four in Foxborough, Mass.
In the NCAA Semifinals, Boston College edged Navy, 16-15, to advance to the National Championship, ending the Mids' NCAA Tournament run.
2017 IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll – May 30, 2017
1. Maryland (23-0)
2. Boston College (17-7)
3. Penn State (17-4)
4. Stony Brook (20-2)
5. North Carolina (17-3)
6. Navy (18-5)
7. Princeton (15-4)
8. USC (18-4)
9. Florida (17-3)
10. Syracuse (15-7)
11. Cornell (13-6)
12. Penn (13-4)
13. Northwestern (11-10)
14. Virginia (12-9)
15. James Madison (14-7)
16. Colorado (16-4)
17. Massachusetts (17-4)
18. Notre Dame (11-8)
19. Elon (13-7)
20. Louisville (11-8)
Receiving Votes: Towson (12-7), Albany (12-6)