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UCSB Moves Into First in National Poll

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Baltimore, MD - UCSB women's lacrosse took over the top spot in the WDIA National Top 25 Poll released on March 25th. The move came even though both UCSB and Colorado, the previous #1 team, did not play last week. The Gauchos were inactive during final exams week and are now taking time off during the spring break week following final exams. UCSB hasn't played since they beat 17th ranked Pepperdine 18-10 on March 14th. Similarly, the Buffalos haven't played since March 12th. Colorado and UCSB were #1 and #2, respectively, in the poll last week which was released on March 18th. Both teams have identical 11-2 records but have not played each other.

"I would rather take over the #1 spot with a win over a team in that spot," commented UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey after seeing the new poll. "This feels funny."

It was a week where teams that did not play were rewarded. Cal Poly SLO moved up from 4th to 3rd despite also not playing since March 14th. The Mustangs have a similar academic calendar as UCSB. Michigan is a Top 5 team that did play during this stretch and they beat 14th ranked Michigan State 12-9. The reward for the Wolverines was dropping from the 3rd spot to the 4th spot. All the Top 12 teams from the week before stayed in the Top 12, they just moved around a little bit. Interestingly, teams that did not play moved around and teams that played and did well either slipped, like Michigan, or stayed where they were. 15th ranked Central Florida upset 8th ranked Florida in a 12-9 win at Florida but stayed in the #15 spot. Florida dropped all the way to 11th. UCLA  went from 11th to 9th despite not having played since March 8th. 17th ranked Pepperdine went 2-1 on a road trip to Utah. Their only loss was an 11-9 overtime decision at the hands of 10th ranked Brigham Young in a game which the Waves led 5-4 at halftime and the Cougars had to come back and tie up at 9-9 to get in position to win in overtime. Brigham Young was rewarded for their win by slipping from 10th to 11th while Pepperdine stayed at #17 despite getting the #10 team into overtime.


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