The ranking is the lowest the Colonials have received since the 2011-12 campaign and two spots lower than last year’s poll.
The tournament featured a school-wide leg and a league-wide round in which participants could win up to $600 and $1,200, respectively.
GW became the first nationally-ranked team to play in a Sun Bowl, but the squad opened as underdogs to Texas Western at its home stadium.
Head coach Mike Lonergan led the team to its winningest season in program history, racking up a 28-10 record.
The Atlantic 10 postponed fall competition to the spring, affecting fall regattas and scrimmages for the Colonials.
Eleven years after its last NCAA Tournament appearance, the team went on to defeat local rivals George Mason and secure its first-ever tournament win.
Experts said GW is at risk of losing donors, recruitment opportunities and tuition dollars from student-athletes not on scholarship.
Alumni said they are processing the “disappointing” news and extending support to current student-athletes.
Despite the precautions and adjustments Solomon made throughout the 10-day tournament, he said he is glad to experience his first taste of “normal” since March.
Rizzotti said players felt some relief that the games were rescheduled, and the squad will regroup and discuss training for the year ahead.