The Maryland Terrapins have taken over the top spot in the first regular-season poll in the IWLCA rankings, leading a charge by the ACC as the conference has four schools ranked in the top-eight.
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Two ACC schools, Maryland and No. 3 UNC, both earned first-place votes, while undefeated Florida from the ALC took home five top nods. The ALC and the Big East both claim five schools in the top 20; both also have three institutions in the top 10. Louisville’s addition to the poll gives the conference five ranked teams for the first time in conference history. The Ivy League is the only other conference to have multiple institutions ranked in the poll.
The ALC is led by No. 2 Florida. Northwestern moves to No. 5, while Penn State rounds out the top half of the poll at No. 10. Ohio State remained at No. 13, while Johns Hopkins rose two spots to land at No. 17.
The Big East’s Syracuse remains in the top four at No. 4. Loyola (No. 6) and Notre Dame (No. 9) both stayed in the top 10. Georgetown moved up four spots to No. 11, while Louisville enters the poll for the first time, coming in at No. 20.
All four of the ACC teams are in the top eight, starting with top-ranked Maryland and No. 3 North Carolina. Virginia moves up two slots to land at No. 6 while Duke shifts to No. 8.
The Ivy League claims three schools, starting with No. 12 Dartmouth, which held steady from the preseason poll. Cornell moved up to No. 15, while Penn slid to No. 18.
Massachusetts from the A-10 remained at No. 14, while the CAA’s Towson (No. 16) jumped one spot to No. 16 and Stony Brook from the America East moved to No. 19.