There was lots of interesting movement in this week's Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I Top 20 poll, including a new number one team and several other newcomers in the top ten.

Despite suffering its first loss of the season, Pittsburgh (8-1) surpassed UCLA for the top spot in the ranking. The Panthers were 3-1 during the past week, with victories over No. 14 Penn State Club, No. 17 James Madison Club, and unranked Notre Dame Club. Pittsburgh's first loss, a 14-13 setback against No. 4 Colorado State, did not prevent the Panthers from making the jump to number one.

UCLA, 8-1 overall, fell to No. 2 despite remaining idle for the past two weeks. Santa Clara (7-2), Brigham Young (5-0) and Colorado State (5-3) round out the top five. Colorado State moved up two spots in the poll into a tie for fourth despite a 6-5 loss to Penn State Club.

The biggest jumper this week was No. 8 Virginia Tech Club, which moved up nine spots on the strength of three big victories. The Hokies defeated No. 13 Boston College Club, No. 10 Georgia and unranked Florida. A 1-2 week by defending national champion Georgia, which also included an 8-5 loss to Boston College, dropped the Bulldogs five spots to number 10.

Another interesting jump belonged to No. 7 Colorado, which moved up three spots in the poll despite having not played any games for the past 10 days. Conversely, No. 11 Texas won its only game last week, a 14-12 victory over Texas A&M, and fell three spots. 

No. 19 Delaware, which remains undefeated at 5-0, was also a curious mover, falling seven spots this week after posting an 18-7 victory over West Chester Club in its only game played. The Blue Hens are one of four remaining unbeatens in the ranking.

Some of this week's significant games include No. 1 Pittsburgh against No. 20 Ohio State Club, No. 4 Colorado State against No. 11 Texas, and No. 6 Michigan Club against No. 10 Georgia.

 

WCLA Division 1 National Top 20

 

March 29, 2017

Record

Points

Previous

1 Pittsburgh 8-1 154 2
2 UCLA 8-1 153 1
3 Santa Clara 7-2 146 3
4t Brigham Young 5-0 128 4
4t Colorado State 5-3 128 6
6 Michigan Club 4-0 115 7
7 Colorado Club 5-2 99 10
8 Virginia Tech Club 5-1 86 17
9 San Diego State Club 9-2 82 8
10 Georgia 6-3 76 5
11 Texas 7-1 74 8
12 Cal Poly 4-4 67 11
13 Boston College Club 3-1 65 NR
14 Penn State Club 2-1 60 NR
15 North Carolina Club 4-1 54 13
16 Central Florida 9-0 51 15
17 James Madison Club 3-3 39 14
18 Virginia Club 3-1 34 16
19 Delaware Club 5-0 33 12
20 Ohio State Club 6-1 25 18