Two-Time Champ RIT No. 1 in Final Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20

PHOTO BY RICH BARNES


RIT can once again call itself a national champion after winning its second title in as many years. It wasn’t quite the same nailbiter as the double-overtime win against Salisbury in 2021, but it was a hard-fought win against Liberty League rival Union. 

Finishing with a program-record 22 wins, the Tigers become just the sixth Division II men’s team team to win consecutive titles, and they claim the No. 1 spot in the final Nike/USA Lacrosse Division II Men’s Top 20 of the year.

Union finishes as the runner up after losing by just two goals in the title game. Similar to RIT, Union set a program record with 18 wins. It was also the program’s first time advancing past the quarterfinal round.

York, Tufts and Salisbury, respectively, round out the top five. 

The Spartans anchored down defensively in the postseason, upsetting Christopher Newport on their way to their first ever semifinal appearance.

Tufts was able to jump Salisbury in the Top 20 thanks to an eight-point performance from Mac Bredahl in the quarterfinals. The Jumbos beat the Seagulls 17-10 in the elite eight. 

Christopher Newport dropped to No. 6 after going 2-2 in the last four games. An overtime loss to York was an early exit for the Captains, who spent a few weeks ranked No. 1.

Gettysburg moved into the top 10 after a late-season push. The Bullets handed Dickinson its first loss of the season and made it all the way to the elite eight. 

Bowdoin and Cabrini also finished ranked inside the top 10. Both teams lost in the quarterfinals. 

Lower in the Top 20, Lynchburg slipped because of a loss to Western New England. MIT, St. Lawrence, St. John Fisher and Wesleyan all managed top-15 finishes, while Dension moved up one spot to make room for Western New England.






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Nike/USA Lacrosse Rankings
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NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION III MEN’S TOP 20

 
June 8, 2022

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1

RIT

22-1

1

Season complete

2

Union

18-3

7

Season complete

3

York

20-3

4

Season complete

4

Tufts

19-3

8

Season complete

5

Salisbury

20-2

2

Season complete

6

Christopher Newport

18-2

3

Season complete

7

Bowdoin

18-3

13

Season complete

8

Cabrini

16-5

9

Season complete

Gettysburg

14-8

14

Season complete

10

Dickinson

19-1

5

Season complete

11

St. Lawrence

14-5

13

Season complete

12

St. John Fisher

16-3

11

Season complete

13

MIT

17-1

12

Season complete

14

Wesleyan

13-6

17

Season complete

15

Lynchburg

15-5

10

Season complete

16

Stevenson

13-6

15

Season complete

17

Franklin & Marshall

12-4

16

Season complete

18

Amherst

10-7

18

Season complete

19

Denison

16-5

20

Season complete

20

Western New England

15-6

NR

Season complete

Also considered (alphabetical order): Catholic (13-5), Clarkson (11-5) Grove City (15-5), John Carroll (16-2), RPI (10-6)

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