Big Week Ahead for Nike / US Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20

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With multiple conferences finished with their postseason tournaments, last week was light on action and changes in the Nike / US Lacrosse Division II Men’s Top 20.

Two conferences — the Northeast 10 and the Great Lakes Valley Conference — will wrap up their seasons this coming week.

Lindenwood took down Rockhurst to take the top seed in the GLVC tournament, but Indianapolis will provide a major test if the Lions want to take the conference crown. Le Moyne is a big favorite in the NE10, but Saint Anselm could bring an unblemished record to a final.

All eyes will look to the NCAA Regional Rankings, which should provide a glimpse of the teams that might make the 10-team field. Teams like Tampa, Le Moyne and Lenoir-Rhyne should be in the tournament field, but there could be as many as eight teams fighting for the final few spots next weekend.

Nike / US Lacrosse
Division II Men’s Top 20

 
May 3, 2021

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1 Tampa 7-0 1 5/5 vs. Saint Leo
2 Le Moyne 10-0 2 5/5 vs. Adelphi (NE10)
3 Seton Hill 8-1 3 5/5 vs. Walsh
4 Mercy 8-1 4 TBD
5 Mercyhurst 10-1 5 5/5 vs. Lake Erie
6 Lenoir-Rhyne 13-1 6 TBD
7 Adelphi 7-2 7 5/5 vs. No. 2 Le Moyne
8 Wingate 11-2 8 TBD
9 Saint Anselm 11-0 9 5/5 vs. No. 19 Pace (NE10)
10 Mount Olive 11-2 10 TBD
11 Indianapolis 8-2 12 5/7 vs. No. 17 Rockhurst (GLVC)
12 Lindenwood 9-2 13 5/7 vs. Maryville (GLVC)
13 Belmont Abbey 10-4 14 TBD
14 Colorado Mesa 8-1 15 5/7 vs. Adams State (RMAC)
15 Lynn 5-1 16 5/5 vs. Rollins
16 Limestone 10-4 17 TBD
17 Rockhurst 8-4 11 5/7 vs. No. 11 Indianapolis
18 Frostburg 6-2 19 TBD
19 Pace 6-6 N/A 5/5 vs. No. 9 Saint Anselm
20 Queens (N.C.) 7-4 20 TBD
Also considered: Bentley, Chestnut Hill, Florida Tech, Maryville, Newberry,  Rollins, Saint Leo






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HOT

Saint Anselm (no change)

In a season during which the Hawks were able to avoid Le Moyne and Adelphi, an unbeaten record comes with a grain of salt. This team has done everything it can with the schedule it was presented, though. Saint Anselm boasts a win over Bentley and just blew out a quality Assumption team by 20 goals in the NE10 quarterfinals, dropping a program conference-tournament record 25 goals in the process. The nation’s third-leading offense (18.73 goals per game) will be tested this week.

NOT

Rockhurst (-6)

Rockhurst had a chance to enter the GLVC tournament on a high note but fell 14-6 to conference leader Lindenwood. The six goals are the fewest since the Hawks fell to the Lions 7-3 on March 20. The good news for Rockhurst? The GLVC semifinal opponent is the same Indianapolis team that it took down just two weeks ago.

IN

Pace (No. 19)

The Setters, unlike Saint Anselm, played a schedule that included five games against Le Moyne and Adelphi — losing all five games by a combined score of 56-40. However, Pace has proven it can compete with the rest of the NE10, completing a season sweep of Bentley in the quarterfinals with an 11-9 victory. The 6-6 record is a bit deceiving, and Pace may be entering a matchup with Saint Anselm with confidence.

OUT

Bentley (was No. 18)

A promising season ended at the hands of Pace, making for an easy decision to swap the teams in the top 20. Bentley had won six of seven entering the NE10 quarterfinals but tied a season-low with nine goals in the loss.

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