WCLA Division I Notebook and Top 20 Breakdown
by J. Jude Hazard | LaxMagazine.com
Sophomore midfielder Lisa Riondet and eighth-ranked Georgia face a significant test Saturday against 15th-ranked Central Florida.
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All eyes will be on the Mile High Invitational this weekend as seven of the top 20 teams in the country descend on Boulder, Colo. The tournament will be big for many of these programs and these rankings could look a lot different next week as a result... UC Santa Barbara and Florida Club swapped top positions in this week's US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I poll. Florida is idle until the SWLL tournament in mid-April... No. 7 Santa Clara will face ranked opponents the rest of the regular season, with games in Boulder this weekend and then tilts against UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis.
1. UC Santa Barbara (8-1)
The top-ranked team in the country plays San Diego on Friday and USC on Saturday. This is UCSB's first action since a 17-11 win against UCLA on March 11.
2. Florida Club (14-2)
The Gators completed their regular season on March 24 with a blowout win against South Florida. They await the SWLL Tournament on April 14.
3. Brigham Young (9-2)
BYU is one of seven top-20 teams in action this weekend in the Mile High Invitational. The Cougars play Arizona, Colorado, UC Davis and Colorado State.
4. Michigan Club (6-2)
Also participating in the Colorado tournament with games against Colorado, Arizona, UC Davis and Santa Clara. Michigan has scored 39 goals in its last two games.
5. Colorado State (5-3)
The Rams face Santa Clara, BYU, Texas and Arizona in Boulder. They're on a four-game winning streak and have scored 10 or more goals in each of those four wins.
6. UCLA (8-2)
Lost to top-ranked UC Santa Barbara on March 11. The Bruins play Colorado State and Colorado next weekend. Senior Morgan Oberstein leads UCLA with 36 goals.
7. Santa Clara (8-2)
Coach Jennifer Lee's team plays Colorado State, Texas, Colorado and Michigan in the Mile High Invitational this weekend. After that, the Broncos face tough opponents in UC Davis (April 7) and UC Santa Barbara (April 14) to close out the regular season.
8. Georgia (9-5)
The Bulldogs beat both South Carolina and Kennesaw State last week. How good is Georgia? We'll find out Saturday as they close the regular season against 12-2 Central Florida, a team that nearly knocked off Florida.
9. Chapman (8-2)
Three games this weekend will get the Panthers in gear as they prepare to take on top-ranked UC Santa Barbara a week from Saturday.
10. Colorado (5-3)
Colorado is the epicenter of WCLA Division I action this week with the Mile High Invitational. It comes on the heels of the announcement of the first varsity coach -- Ann Elliott -- for the newly added varsity program in Boulder.
11. Pittsburgh (5-3)
The Panthers take a four-game winning streak into this weekend's trio of games against Penn State Club, Maryland Club and Virginia Tech Club. Pittsburgh crushed cross-town foe Carnegie Mellon on March 21.
12. Texas (10-4)
The Longhorns look to strengthen their resume in Boulder with games against UC Davis Club, Santa Clara, Colorado State and Arizona. Texas outscored its three opponents last weekend 59-6.
13. UC Davis Club (5-5)
Another Mile High'er, UC Davis has games against Texas, BYU, Michigan and Colorado this weekend. All of the Aggies' remaining games are against top-20 opponents.
14. Maryland Club (7-3)
Maryland plays four games next weekend against Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Penn State in a tournament that could lift the Terps in the rankings.
15. Central Florida (12-2)
At Georgia on Saturday in their final regular season game before the SWLL Tournament. Central Florida thumped Alabama 20-3 at their Senior Day last Sunday.
16. Cal Poly (4-6)
Faces Chapman, Utah and Texas A&M this weekend and will try to snap a four-game losing streak. Cal Poly has scored 10 or more goals in each of those losing efforts and 10 or more in its last six games.
T-17. Minnesota (3-6)
Minnesota won its two opening NCWLL-Plains games last weekend and will face off against St. Thomas on Sunday and Augsburg on Monday.
T-17. Virginia Club (5-4)
The Cavaliers are off until April 31 when they close their regular season against Virginia Tech.
19. Penn State Club (7-2)
Penn State faces cross-state opponent Pittsburgh on Friday and then plays Miami (Ohio), Virginia Tech Club and Maryland Club on Saturday and Sunday.
20. California Club (9-4)
California is rolling on a five game winning streak and will play Chico State on Sunday.
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