WCLA Notebook and Top 20 Breakdown
by J. Jude Hazard | LaxMagazine.com
Florida Club is back on top of the WCLA Division I rankings after surviving a thriller against Central Florida -- but UCSB is not far behind.
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Pittsburgh came through on their quest to beat archrival Michigan at home and moved up to No. 10 in this week's WCLA Division I poll, while the Wolverines fell from the top spot to No. 4 after the 10-8 loss... The top two teams this week, Florida Club and UC Santa Barbara, are only separated by two votes. UC Santa Barbara got more first-place votes but was edged by Florida for the top spot. The Gators take on Samford and South Florida on Saturday before heading into the SWLL Tournament next month... California Club shows up in the top 20 after a 12-11 win against Cal Poly on March 18, its fourth straight win. The Bears are 8-4 and play Sonoma State on Friday... No. 19 South Carolina will take a shot at No. 8 Georgia in a Southeast showdown Saturday.
1. Florida Club (12-2)
The Gators survived a thriller at Central Florida on St. Patrick's Day. The top team in the nation should have good momentum heading into the SWLL Tournament.
2. UC Santa Barbara (8-1)
Nearly beat out Florida for the top ranking in this week's poll. The Gauchos' only blemish is to Michigan Club. Back in action a week from Friday on March 30 against San Diego.
3. Brigham Young (7-2)
The Cougars look to continue their six game winning streak with games against UNLV and Utah State on Saturday.
4. Michigan Club (5-2)
The Wolverines may have taken out any frustration over their loss to Pitt in a 19-5 thumping of Western Michigan on March 18. Michigan hosts Ferris State and Central Michigan on Saturday.
5. Colorado State (5-3)
Received a first-place vote in this week's poll. Returns to action the weekend of March 30-31 after a few weeks off.
6. UCLA (8-2)
The Bruins point out on Twitter that seven of the top 20 teams in this week's poll are from the WWLL. Check them out @UCLAWLax.
7. Santa Clara (8-2)
Junior Maggie Burke leads the Broncos with 55 goals so far this year. She led the team last season in goals and finished 2011 with 51. How high will she score this year with a half-dozen games remaining?
8. Georgia (7-5)
The Bulldogs will look to fight off a hungry South Carolina club that has been off for almost a month.
9. Chapman (7-2)
The defending WCLA Division II champs move to NCAA Division III next season, but first things first. Is another deep postseason run in the cards for the WCLA Division I one-and-done Panthers?
T-10. Colorado (5-3)
Another team looking to get off the bench after nearly a month off, Colorado returns to action on March 30-31. The Buffa are one of just two teams to beat top-ranked Florida Club this year.
T-10. Pittsburgh (5-3)
Gary Neft has the Panthers on cloud nine after beating rival Michigan. Will that translate into momentum for the postseason?
12. Texas (7-4)
Clayton Crum and the Longhorns are ready to face three in-state rivals over the weekend with games against Texas Tech, North Texas and Texas A&M.
13. UC Davis Club (5-5)
UC Davis' next game is against Texas on March 30.
14. Maryland Club (7-3)
Travels to Pittsburgh next Saturday in a big test for both teams. Maryland is on a three-game winning streak after dropping three of four in early March.
15. Central Florida (11-2)
Actually climbed a spot in the poll despite losing a heart breaker to Florida Club on St. Patrick's Day. The Knights face 0-4 Alabama on Sunday.
16. Cal Poly (4-6)
Has lost four straight by an average of two goals. Faces No. 9-ranked Chapman on March 31.
17. Virginia Club (5-4)
Off until an April 13 tilt against Virginia Tech Club. The Cavaliers then head into the MAWLL Playoffs on April 21.
18. Minnesota (2-6)
Faces Gustavus Adolphus on Monday to open its NCWLL-Plains schedule.
T-19. California Club (8-4)
The Bears hit the top 20 with one-goal wins over San Diego and Cal Poly last week.
T-19. South Carolina Club (5-2)
Should give Georgia a run for their money in the Gamecocks' final regular season game.
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