Defending Division I national champion Pittsburgh and Division II national runner-up Navy Club are tabbed as the No. 1 teams in the Nike/US Lacrosse 2020 WCLA Preseason Top 20 rankings. The rankings are published in the January edition of US Lacrosse Magazine

Pittsburgh, which features US Lacrosse Magazine’s WCLA D-I Preseason Player of the Year Julia Lynch, enjoyed a dominant 19-0 campaign in 2019 that culminated in a 15-11 win over Delaware for the WCLA championship. 

On the strength of a defense that allowed fewer than five goals per game last season, Pittsburgh again looks stingy. Lynch, a defender, is joined by fellow seniors Emily Nutter and Liz Maisch to form a dominant defensive trio.

Michigan Club is second in the Division I ranking, followed by Brigham Young, Delaware Club and UCLA, respectively. 

In Division II, Navy Club returned to the WCLA ranks in 2019 after a 10-year hiatus and made its impact felt immediately, advancing to the title game while finishing the year with a final 9-4 record. The Mids lost to Loyola Maryland Club, 13-6, in the WCLA Division II final.

Two-time defending D-II champion Loyola begins the year at No. 2 in the preseason. The Greyhounds finished 14-1 overall with a season-ending 10-game winning streak in 2019. Senior attacker Kelly O’Krepkie, the US Lacrosse Magazine WCLA D-II Preseason Player of the Year, is among the top returnees for Loyola. 

Denver Club, St. Thomas, and New Hampshire round out the top five in Division II.

Nearly 230 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. The 2020 season will conclude with the annual Division I and Division II National Championship Tournaments, May 6-9, in Round Rock, Texas.

Preseason rankings were compiled by the WCLA rankings committee and will be updated weekly during the 2020 season. The full list of teams appears below.

WCLA Division 1 Preseason Top 20

 

January 15, 2020

Record

Points

1 Pittsburgh 0-0 --
2 Michigan Club 0-0 --
3 Brigham Young 0-0 --
4 Delaware Club 0-0 --
5 UCLA 0-0 --
6 San Diego State Club 0-0 --
7 Cal Poly 0-0 --
8 Virginia Tech Club 0-0 --
9 Boston College Club 0-0 --
10 Georgia 0-0 --
11 Santa Clara 0-0 --
12 Northeastern 0-0 --
13 Virginia Club 0-0 --
14 Texas 0-0 --
15 Colorado Club 0-0 --
16 North Carolina Club 0-0 --
17 Utah 0-0 --
18 Cal Berkeley Club 0-0 --
19 Central Florida 0-0 --
20 Washington 0-0 --

 

WCLA Division 2 Preseason Top 20

 

January 15, 2020

Record

Points

1 Navy Club 0-0 --
2 Loyola Maryland Club 0-0 --
3 Denver Club 0-0 --
4 St. Thomas 0-0 --
5 New Hampshire 0-0 --
6 Grand Valley State Club 0-0 --
7 Air Force 0-0 --
8 Nevada-Reno 0-0 --
9 Oakland 0-0 --
10 Salisbury Club 0-0 --
11 Utah Valley 0-0 --
12 Iowa State 0-0 --
13 UC Irvine 0-0 --
14 Binghamton 0-0 --
15 Portland State 0-0 --
16 Dayton 0-0 --
17 North Texas 0-0 --
18 St. Benedict 0-0 --
19 Gonzaga 0-0 --
20 Stanford Club 0-0 --