Gettysburg Climbs to Top of Final Division III Poll

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team ended the 2018 campaign exactly how it started it as the Bullets were selected No. 1 in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Coaches Poll.
 
Gettysburg (21-2) was selected as the preseason favorite to win the national title and spent six weeks of the regular season in the top spot. The Bullets ascended back to the pole position after claiming their second consecutive national championship and the third in program history. It was a unanimous selection as Gettysburg swept the 25 first-place votes and claimed the maximum 625 points. The Bullets also closed the 2011 and 2017 seasons as the No. 1 team.
 
National runner-up Middlebury College (20-3) finished second and The College of New Jersey (20-3) was third. Salisbury University (21-2) finished fourth, Amherst College (17-3) was fifth, and Franklin and Marshall (18-5) and York (Pa.) College (15-5) ended in a tie for sixth. Trinity (Conn.) College (13-7), Bowdoin College (14-6), and University of Mary Washington (17-5) rounded out the top 10.
 
Gettysburg's run to the national title included 10 victories over teams that finished ranked among the top 25. Seven of those decisions came against top-10 squads, including an 11-9 win over Middlebury in the NCAA title game.
 
The Bullets also claimed the Centennial Conference title after coming up short in its two previous national title pursuits. Gettysburg won its league-best 11th crown with a 15-7 win over Franklin & Marshall in the league tournament.
 

Rank Institution Points FPV Record Last Poll
1 Gettysburg 625 25 21-2 3
2 Middlebury 600 0 20-3 4
3 TCNJ 570 0 20-3 1
4 Salisbury 555 0 21-2 2
5 Amherst 493 0 17-3 6
T-6 Franklin & Marshall 487 0 18-5 7
T-6 York (PA) 487 0 15-5 8
8 Trinity (CT) 473 0 13-7 11
9 Bowdoin 412 0 14-6 9
10 Mary Washington 411 0 17-5 5
11 Wesleyan (CT) 323 0 12-7 15
12 Tufts 310 0 13-5 13
13 Washington and Lee 308 0 16-5 10
14 Catholic 302 0 15-7 14
15 Messiah 235 0 15-4 12
16 SUNY Cortland 226 0 16-5 17
17 William Smith 222 0 15-5 16
18 St. John Fisher 174 0 17-3 18
19 Rowan 167 0 14-4 21
20 Colorado College 142 0 15-5 NR
21 Colby 107 0 9-7 19
22 Ithaca 95 0 14-5 20
23 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 93 0 18-2 22
24 Stevens 91 0 14-6 23
25 Denison 60 0 17-3 NR