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NCAA Women's Div I Rankings March 3

Who’s Hot?
Massachusetts (+6): Still unbeaten after beating Boston University and Iona this week, the only thing holding the Minutewmen back is the lack of a defining win over a top team. There’s a good chance they’ll be able to win out leading up to a March 25th date against Northwestern, and if that’t the case, that’ll be a big one.
Virginia (+4): Virginia continues to be a tough squad to slot, with a sub-.500 record but all three losses coming against ranked teams (and two against the Top 5). A close win over Penn State and losses by a lot of the middle of the pack float them back to the Top 10.
Louisville (+2): A road win over Denver Saturday lifts the Cardlinals a couple spots in their second week in the rankings. If they can go 2-0 against Ohio State and Notre Dame this week, they’ll see even more upward mobility.
Who’s Not?
Loyola (-7): Tough sledding this week for the Greyhounds, who fell by a goal each to Johns Hopkins and then James Madison in the past week. Things don’t get any easier with Penn State visiting on Wednesday.
Stanford (-5): An overtime loss to unranked Vanderbilt hurts the Cardinal, but redemption could be at hand if they can navigate a Fresno State-Towson-Georgetown slate this week with at least two wins.
Penn State (-3): A one-goal loss to Virginia is a tough read, but the Nittany Lions can make it right back into the Top 10 if they can get through James Madison and Loyola in the coming week.
Who’s New?
Johns Hopkins (No. 17): A 5-0 record and win over then-No. 7 Loyola put the Blue Jays in the ranks and jump them over a couple of other squads that don’t have the same quality of signature win yet.
James Madison (No. 20): Wins over Loyola paid off this week, as the Dukes make their first appearance of the season. Their only loss so far is to Florida, but Penn State and Connecticut lurk this week.
Dropped Out?
Stony Brook: The Seawolves were routed at home by No. 5 Florida, scoring just once. Their biggest game so far was a one-goal loss to Notre Dame, so their resume isn’t strong enough to warrant a ranking, but don’t be surprised to see them make it back.
Denver: Denver fell on the road to Louisville, but has a chance to right the ship if it can get a win against a Vanderbilt team that just topped MPSL rival Stanford this week.

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