WASHINGTON, D.C. - After starting the season with wins in five of its first seven games, including a 10-9 overtime victory over No. 2 Franklin & Marshall, the Catholic University women's lacrosse team has been ranked at No. 10 in this week's IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll.
The Cardinals (5-2) find themselves back in the top-10 for the first time since March 27, 2017 when they were tied for 10th with Ithaca after starting the season with a 4-2 record. Catholic was ranked as high as No. 5 that year after starting the season with three consecutive wins, including a 9-8 victory over No. 5 Salisbury at home in the season opener for both teams.
The Cards have have been nationally-ranked in the last 33 consecutive IWLCA polls and in eight of the last 10 years.
Catholic is 2-2 against ranked opponents this season with a win over Franklin & Marshall and No. 15 Cortland. In addition, the Cardinals beat St. Mary's (Md.), 17-16, on February 27. The Seahawks were unranked at the time, but now find themselves at No. 25.
The Cards have three more games against nationally-ranked opponents this season, including No. 8 York (Pa.) (April 3), No. 20 Scranton (April 13) and No. 3 Mary Washington (April 16).
Catholic begins a three-game road trip on Wednesday when they head to Messiah to take on the Falcons beginning at 4 p.m.