Maryland holds strong at No. 1; ACC claims five spots in IWLCA poll
The Maryland Terrapins maintained their grip on the No. 1 ranking, taking all 20 first-place votes for a third consecutive week and the ACC continues to lead all conferences with five teams in the top 20 in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll.
Three conferences, including the ACC, ALC and the Big East, each had three schools in the top 10 with the America East having its lone representative, Stony Brook, also in the top 10. The ALC and the Big East both had four schools in the top 20, with the MPSF and the Ivy League both boasting two ranked institutions.
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The ACC not only had the most schools, but also claimed the top two spots in the poll as Maryland and North Carolina still sit 1-2. Duke remained in the top 10 at No. 9, while Virginia fell to No. 16 and Boston College improved to No. 18.
The ALC claimed half of the top-six spots as Florida (No. 3) and Northwestern (No. 4), who meet on Saturday in Gainesville, held steady from last week and Penn State jumped to No. 6. Johns Hopkins also moved up to land at No. 19 this week.
The Big East was led by Syracuse at No. 5 while Notre Dame moved to No. 7 and Georgetown held at No. 8. Loyola Maryland moved up four spots to come in this week at No. 13. Denver, from the MPSF, inched closer to the top 10, moving up to No. 11, while Stanford remained at No. 15.
The Ivy League’s Princeton slid to No. 17 while Cornell rounded out the poll as the Big Red moved to No. 20. Three other conferences each claimed one school, starting with the America East and Stony Brook, who remained No. 10. Massachusetts from the Atlantic 10 rose to No. 12, while Navy from the Patriot League landed at No. 14.
On Tuesday, a battle in New York state takes place as No. 5 Syracuse hosts No. 20 Cornell. On Friday the No. 5 Orange are back in action against a second consecutive top-20 opponent as they welcome No. 7 Notre Dame. Saturday features a top-4 clash as No. 3 Florida hosts No. 4 Northwestern. On Sunday the No. 6 Nittany Lions travel to face No. 19 Johns Hopkins in a key ALC game.