Lacrosse Magazine Rankings: The Field is Set
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, will publish weekly NCAA Division I men's rankings every Monday through championship weekend in May on LaxMagazine.com. Check back each week to see who is rising, falling and new to the list. The rankings are compiled by LM staff.
The 18-team NCAA tournament field is set and all of the playoff teams are at least considered in this week's LM rankings. Now the real fun begins. It's May Madness and only two teams in the Top 20, Loyola and Denver, have fewer than three losses. Who will take the title?
Also Considered (alphabetical order): Army, Penn St., Princeton, Richmond, Siena
Drexel (+4): The Dragons are no longer the best program to have never made an NCAA tournament. The Dragons outlasted Hofstra in three overtimes on Long Island Saturday night for the CAA title and an automatic qualifying bid. Drexel, led by coach Brian Voelker, faces the team he used to coach, Penn, in a west Philly battle on Sunday afternoon. Drexel has won eight games in a row, with the last two coming in overtime in the CAA tournament.
Fairfield (-4): The Stags played thier way out of the big dance by falling to Air Force in the ECAC final. Fairfield finishes the year with a 12-4 record. Notable March wins against Yale and UMass turned out to be not as strong and Fairfield lost to Air Force twice, Providence and Hofstra.
Yale (-3): The Bulldogs were edged by Harvard, the last team in the NCAA tournament, by a goal in the Ivy League semifinals Friday night in Cambridge, Mass. Yale, which had been the two-time defending Ivy champ, was just a hair behind the rest of the league contenders all year. They were on the wrong side of Harvard having a banner year.
Air Force (16): The Falcons return to the rankings after a one-week stint late in the regular season. Air Force beat Fairfield for the ECAC title on Saturday to qualify for the program's first NCAA tournament since 1988.
Bryant (18): The preseason NEC favorite took care of business, by beating Sacred Heart in the league semifinals and Hobart in the championship. The Bulldogs face Siena in an NCAA tournament play-in game Wednesday with the winner headed to Syracuse for a first-round game on Sunday.
Saint Joseph's (previously 19): The top seed in the NEC tournament was upset by Hobart in the league postseason semifinals in double overtime.
Princeton (previously 20): With Air Force jumping back into the rankings, the Tigers were squeezed out with a 7-6 final record and a late-season loss to Lehigh.
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