Lindenwood Finishes No. 1 in Nike / USA Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20

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Lindenwood, the preseason No. 1 team in the country, finished where it started in 2021, earning the top spot in the final Nike / USA Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20 after winning its first national championship.

The Lions were the top-ranked team in the weekly poll for most of the season before a late-season loss dropped them to No. 2 entering the NCAA tournament. Four postseason victories in May pushed LU back into the top spot.

Lindenwood (17-1) defeated No. 2 Queens 14-12 in the NCAA final on May 23 in Salem, Va., becoming the first team from outside the Eastern Time Zone to hoist the trophy in the 20-year history of the Division II championship.

Rounding out the top five behind Lindenwood and Queens (14-2) are No. 3 Roberts Wesleyan (14-2), which earned its first national semifinal appearance; No. 4 Indianapolis (14-2), which began the NCAA tournament as the top-ranked team and handed Lindenwood its only loss of the year; and No. 5 West Chester (13-1), the last remaining undefeated team before it lost in the Atlantic Region final.

National semifinalist East Stroudsburg finished sixth, while No. 7 Le Moyne was the highest ranking team that did not earn a berth in the 12-team NCAA tournament. No. 8 Regis, No. 9 Limestone and No. 10 Florida Southern finish out the top 10.






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Nike/US Lacrosse Rankings
Division I Men | Division I Women
Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women
 
Final 2021

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1 Lindenwood 17-1  2 Season complete
2 Queens 14-2  4 Season complete
3 Roberts Wesleyan 14-2 10 Season complete
4 Indianapolis 14-2  1 Season complete
5 West Chester 13-1  3 Season complete
6 East Stroudsburg 12-4  8 Season complete
7 Le Moyne 13-1  6 Season complete
8 Regis 14-2  5 Season complete
9 Limestone 12-3  7 Season complete
10 Florida Southern 9-1  9 Season complete
11 Seton Hill 13-3 11 Season complete
12 Mt. Olive 13-2 15 Season complete
13 Mercy 12-2 16 Season complete
14 Bentley 12-3 12 Season complete
15 Grand Valley State 12-2 13 Season complete
16 Adelphi 9-4 14 Season complete
17 Rollins 6-1 17 Season complete
18 Tampa 7-3 18 Season complete
19 Pace 9-4 19 Season complete
20 St. Anselm 8-3 20 Season complete
Also considered: Assumption (8-4), Belmont Abbey (11-4), Bloomsburg (8-6), Davenport (11-3), McKendree (10-4), Mercyhurst (10-4)

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