HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Haverford College women's lacrosse team (5-2) checks in at No. 23 in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) National Coaches Poll, entering the Centennial Conference portion of the 2019 schedule. Haverford went 1-1 in its week in Southwestern Florida, powering past RIT by a final of 22-8 before dropping an overtime heartbreaker to No. 24 Skidmore.
The top two teams in the national poll both reside in a reloaded Centennial, as two-time defending national champion Gettysburg (5-0) continues to have the view from the top of the national mountaintop unanimously, with 25 first place tallies. Franklin & Marshall (5-1) is ranked second while Washington and Lee, Mary Washington, Salisbury, Middlebury, York (Pa.), Tufts, Trinity (Conn.), and Colby make up the rest of the top 10 programs.
The top 10 ranked squads in the nation remained the same as last week, but there was some movement within those ranks as Tufts climbed to eighth from the tenth spot and Colby fell to 10th after dropping the head-to-head matchup between the two teams.
Haverford is currently the nation's 11th-most prolific scoring offense, putting up 17.57 goals per contest through the first seven matchups. The Fords also rank sixth in points per game (29.57) and fifth in assists per contest (12). Julia Manetta sits in second in the nation in assists (28) while Allie Gibbons is 10th in goals with 32. Amelia Slade ranks 11th in the nation in saves (83) and 30th in saves per game (11.86).
The Fords return to action on Saturday, facing off with McDaniel in the Centennial Conference opener on Swan Field. Opening draw is slated for noon and the contest will be followed by the men's squad taking on the Green Terror at 3 p.m.