Dukes Lacrosse Ranked 19th
April 20, 2005
The Duquesne University women's lacrosse team sits among the nation's best for the second straight week and has moved up one spot to No. 19 in the Top 20 ranking on womenslacrosse.com. The Dukes made their debut in the poll last week (April 13) ranked 20th on the website dedicated solely to women's lacrosse.
The Dukes extended their winning streak to eight matches and now stand 10-2 overall after taking wins over UC-Davis and Massachusetts last week. Duquesne's two losses have come from nationally ranked Duke and Ohio State. The Dukes are the only undefeated team in Atlantic 10 action boasting a 4-0 mark in conference matches.
The Red & Blue host four-time defending Atlantic 10 champions Temple this Friday, April 22, in the home season finale at 3:00 pm on Rooney Field. The Dukes and Owls shared the 2004 Atlantic 10 regular season title. Duquesne handed Temple, which had been nationally-ranked this year, its only league loss during the regular season in 2004, but fell to the Owls in sudden-victory overtime in the A-10 title match at the Conference championship. The A-10 tournament champion earns an NCAA automatic bid.
In this week's NCAA rankings, Duquesne stands sixth in winning percentage (.833); 11th in scoring defense allowing just 7.67 goals per game and is 19th in scoring margin averaging 2.92 more goals per game than its opponent. Individually, senior goalkeeper Sarah Pacini (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) ranks 10th in goals against average (7.52) and 13th in saves percentage (.542). She leads the Atlantic 10 in both categories as well. Fellow senior Ginger Flocco (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) stands 13th in points per game (4.17); 14th in draw controls (3.0) and is 15th in goals per game (3.08). Flocco, who was the 2004 A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, ranks second in the A-10 in points and caused turnovers per game and is fourth in goals, assists and draw controls per game.
This year marks the first national ranking for Duquesne since the sport's inception in 1997.
1. Northwestern 11. John Hopkins 2. Duke 12. Hofstra 3. Princeton 13. Syracuse 4. Virginia 14. Cornell 5. Boston U 15. Penn 6. Dartmouth 16. Towson 7. Georgetown 17. Delaware 8. Maryland 18. Ohio State 9. UNC 19. DUQUESNE 10. Penn State 20. George Washington