CHESTERTOWN -- Unbeaten Washington College moved up from sixth to fifth in this week's U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll -- its highest ranking in nearly five years.
There was no change at the top of the rankings as Cortland (5-0), Stevenson (6-0) and Dickinson (6-0) come in at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Steve Beville, who was a two-time Division III Defenseman of the Year while attending Washington College (1984, '85) is in his seventh year as Cortland's head coach.
RIT (4-1) moved up a spot to No. 4.
After Washington (6-0), the next five schools are: Lynchburg (6-1), defending national champion Salisbury (7-2), W&L (6-1), Tufts (1-2) and Stevens (5-2).
Perennial Centennial Conference contender Gettysburg (4-2) dropped from No. 10 to No. 12.
The last time Washington was ranked in the top five was May 5, 2008.
Washington defeated Catholic, 18-3, and Ohio Wesleyan, 8-7, last week. The next game is here Saturday at 1 p.m. versus Centennial Conference rival McDaniel; this is the first league game for both schools.
-- Trish McGee