March 3, 2014

NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings

by Sean Burns | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Positioned first or second in every ranking besides the IWLCA (Syracuse is No. 2 in that one), North Carolina and Maryland remain atop our latest composite rankings. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

It's Week 3 in the NCAA Division I women's composite rankings, and things get a little trickier with the inclusion of the LaxPower Top 20. Most teams have played enough games to shake the bugs out of the algorithm, and it becomes another valid metric. Yet still, North Carolina remains solid at No. 1.

Each week, we will publish an aggregate of the four major polls from Lacrosse Magazine, the ILWomen.com media poll, the IWLCA coaches poll and the LaxPower computer rankings.

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division I Women's Composite Rankings: March 3

 Composite Team 

LM

LaxPower

Media Poll

IWLCA Poll

Average

1 North Carolina 1 1 1 1 1
2 Maryland 2 2 2 3 2.25
3 Syracuse 3 4 3 2 3
4 Florida 5 3 5 5 4.5
5 Boston College 8 6 7 7 7
6 Northwestern 4 17 4 4 7.25
T-7 Duke 6 - 6 6 9.75
T-7 Massachusetts 9 12 8 10 9.75
9 Virginia 10 16 11 8 11.25
T-10 Penn 7 7 17 15 11.5
T-10 Loyola 14 8 12 12 11.5
T-12 Penn State 11 20 9 9 12.25
T-12 Towson 12 11 15 11 12.25
14 Notre Dame 15 13 10 13 12.75
15 Georgetown 13 10 16 14 13.25
16 Johns Hopkins 17 9 14 17 14.25
17 Albany - 5 - - 17
18 Navy 19 - 13 20 18.25
19 Stony Brook - 18 18 18 18.75
20 Princeton - 15 19 21 19
  Stanford 16 - - 19 19.25
  Yale - 14 - - 19.25
  Louisville 18 - - - 20.25
  James Madison 20 - 20 - 20.5
  Vermont - 19 - - 20.5
  Denver - - - - 21
  Vanderbilt - - - - 21


With the addition of LaxPower, we have a new set of standards in play from the computer ranking, which throws a few teams around. Most significantly, Duke (NR in LaxPower and sixth everywhere else) and Northwestern (17th in LaxPower; fourth everywhere else) take a hit, while Albany (Fifth LaxPower, not ranked otherwise) gets a big boost.

The biggest outlier in the non-computer rankings this week comes in the form of Penn, which we slotted at No. 7 after a tough game against the top-ranked Tar Heels, while the media and coaches had them in the 15-20 range. 

As always, it's interesting to see where all these teams fall and average things out to get a good read on where the overall pulse in college lacrosse lies.

A note on the averages: if a team was not in the Top 20 of a particular poll but received votes, they receive a score of 21, as teams outside of the ranked 20 are not assigned a place. 

Rankings Sources

Lacrosse Magazine Top 20
LaxPower Rankings
Media Poll
IWLCA Top 20 


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