UC Davis women’s lacrosse was rated as the most improved Division I program from 2009 to 2010, according to the computer rankings at LaxPower.com. The Aggies went from a 6-12 record last year to a 10-6 mark (against D-I opponents) this season, jumping from a power rating of 76.75 to 85.44 and a PR ranking of 74 to 46.
LaxPower.com, founded by Larry Feldman in 1997, generates numerous empirical ratings for high school, collegiate and professional lacrosse. The site ranks teams based on strength of schedule, RPI, “quality wins”, NCAA selection criteria and other categories. The overall computer rating resembles the more widely known Sagarin ratings for college football and basketball.
Also enjoying large improvements in rank were La Salle (75 to 53) and Villanova (72 to 52). There are 91 women’s lacrosse teams in NCAA Division I. Old Dominion suffered the largest drop, dipping from 11-5 last year to 3-12 this season for a 25-place plunge in the computer ratings.
LaxPower’s announcement arrived on the heels of the Aggies’ season banquet on Sunday. Four players received various team awards, as voted by the team:
UC Davis went 11-6 this season, posting an all-time high of 10 wins against Division I teams. The Aggies scored conference wins against California, Saint Mary’s and Fresno State to finish in a tie for third in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season standings, then delivered a 13-11 upset of Oregon to advance in the MPSF tournament.