The Boston College Eagles continue their run as the top team in the region, still without a loss. Dartmouth has made some noise this season and sneak higer in the rankings ahead of two Ivy powers.
Plus, the top 10 attackers in the region are looking to keep their teams in the playoff races.
1. Boston College (13-0)
The Eagles stay at the top of the poll, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Another win over a quality opponent in Virginia cements them as the top team not only in the region, but in the nation. Next up, a contest at Duke, where it doesn’t get any easier. The trio of Sam Apuzzo, Dempsey Aresenault, and Kaileen Hart has been the most dynamic group in the country.
2. Dartmouth (7-1)
While it’s hard to say anyone other than Boston College is the story of the season, what the Big Green have done cannot be understated. Behind leading point-getter Ellie Carson, Dartmouth has reeled off seven wins in a row.
3. UMass (7-3)
The Minutewomen have won three contests in a row and seem to be secure atop the A-10. Home games against Saint Bonaventure and La Salle in a three-day span will test their stamina.
4. Brown (7-4)
Solid victories over Louisville and Sacred Heart have the Bears on the upswing. However, those three conference defeats are going to be tough to bounce back from. The upcoming games against Harvard and Cornell are vital for the Bears postseason hopes.
5. Yale (7-4)
The Bulldogs are suddenly slumping, dropping three of their last four games. There’s still plenty of time in the conference, so this week’s game against Columbia has all the more importance.
6. Fairfield (6-5)
A loss to Monmouth isn’t a great look for the Stags, who have surprised some people this season. This week’s match against Marist is going to be important near the top of the MAC standings.
7. Bryant (5-4)
With three wins in four games, the Bulldogs have gained some control. Conference play opens this weekend against Central Connecticut, and getting off to a good start is important for the up-and-down squad.
8. Boston University (5-6)
The Terriers picked up a huge win against Harvard to inch closer to the .500 mark. They are now 2-3 in conference play, and there’s plenty of time to keep improving in the deep Patriot League. There’s a big opportunity against conference-winless American this week.
9. New Hampshire (5-6)
The Wild Cats rebounded from a tough midseason stretch with two straight wins against Hartford and UMass Lowell. Now 3-0 in America East play, New Hampshire is setting itself up nicely for the postseason.
10. Quinnipiac (5-6)
The Bobcats have suffered some inconsistency woes, but behin Ashley Bobinski, there’s a lot to still be positive about. At 1-2 in the conference, there is plenty of time to get back on track.
Top 10 Attackers
1. Sam Apuzzo, Boston College
Apuzzo has been in command all season with the Eagles. Her 53 goals this season are second in the nation, and she’s led Boston College to the best record in the nation. The Eagles are national championship contenders, and Apuzzo is one of the main reasons why after BC graduated so much talent.
2. Grace Nolan, UConn
Connecticut has had some struggles this season, but Nolan remains one of the most dangerous scorers in the nation. A member of the 2017 IWLCA All-Northeast Region First Team and a Big East first-teamer, Nolan has notched 44 goals in 12 contests this season.
3. Kaileen Hart, Boston College
Hart can go overlooked because of Apuzzo sometimes, but she’s as dangerous as anyone. Hart has 29 goals this season, and works with Apuzzo on the attack for the strongest offense in the nation. She’s stepped up with the graduation of Kayla O’Connor.
4. Caitlin Breglia, Bryant
Breglia has netted an incredible 33 goals in just nine contests this season. The Bulldogs’ scorer is on pace to shatter her 40 goals from her freshman season. She also already has 48 total points, again, on pace to break her 56-point career high.
5. Kailey Conry, Boston University
Conry has been an incredible addition to the Terriers the past two seasons, scoring a combined 102 points in just a season-and-a-half with BU. The Needham, Mass., native has quickly gained the reputation as one of the best facilitators in the nation.
6. Hannah Burnett, UMass
The redshirt senior scored 62 goals a year ago. While she’s 30 goals short of that mark so far this season, she’s still a huge key for the Minutewomen offense. UMass lost a lot to graduation, and Burnett has been helping keep it together.
7. Krissy Scahfer, New Hampshire
The junior out of Longmeadow, Mass., should easily shatter her 32-point career high, already with 29 this season. All of her points come from goals; she’s been a natural scorer for a Wildcats team that needed to develop on offense.
8. Ellie Carson, Dartmouth
Dartmouth has been a big story this season, and on offense, Carson has been the reason why. The sophomore expanded on a 10-point first career season with 27 goals and 38 points so far for the upstart Big Green.
9. Cait Leary, UConn
Like Hart at Boston College, Leary can be forgotten because of Nolan’s talents at UConn. Leary has 30 points this season, 27 of them goals, as the Huskies continue to try to claw their way back into the Big East race.
10. Olivia Russell, Fairfield
The Stags’ leading scorer has had a breakout season. After tallying just seven points a season ago, she already has 27 halfway through her junior year. She also leads the team with 37 shot attempts.