Maryland ends year as consensus No. 1; defending champ ’Cats climb to No. 2
Maryland ended the 2013 regular season with a consensus No. 1 ranking in the IWLCA poll, the sixth consecutive week the squad took home all 20 first-place votes. There was movement near the top of the poll as reigning national champion Northwestern rose to No. 2, switching spots with ALC rival Florida.
The ACC and Big East both claimed five schools each. The ALC has three schools in the poll -- all in the top seven -- while the Ivy League and the MPSF are the only other leagues with multiple schools in the ranking.
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The ACC is led by top-ranked Maryland; North Carolina stayed at No. 3 and Duke moved to No. 8. Virginia also went up one spot to No. 12, while Boston College held steady at No. 19.
The Big East also has three schools in the top half of the poll, as all three of those institutions remain in the same position as last week with Syracuse at No. 5, Georgetown at No. 6 and Notre Dame at No. 9 Loyola (Md.) moved up one spot to start the second half of the poll at No. 11 while Connecticut remained at No. 18.
The ALC’s three schools all reside in the top seven, starting with No. 2 Northwestern. Florida moved to No. 4, while Penn State jumped up one spot to No. 7.
Penn from the Ivy League moved up two spots and sits at No. 14, while Princeton dropped two spots to No. 17.
From the MPSF, Denver slid to No. 13, while Stanford re-entered at No. 20.
Stony Brook, the 2013 America East champion, remained in the top-10 at No. 10, while two other conference champions also stayed in the poll as the Atlantic-10’s Massachusetts moved to No. 15 and the Patriot League’s Navy rose one spot to No. 16.