Lacrosse Magazine Rankings: State of Maryland on the Podium
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 state of Maryland takes first, second and third in the rankings this week. The top-ranked Terps hold on to No. 1 for the second straight week, while Loyola rises to No. 2 after knocking off Duke and unbeaten Johns Hopkins also bumps up two spots to No. 3.
Also Considered (alphabetical order): Delaware, Drexel, Fairfield, Georgetown, Harvard, Ohio State, St. John's, Towson, Villanova
Cornell (+8): The Big Red took down previously second-ranked Virginia in Ithaca on Saturday afternoon. It was Cornell's first top-20 win of the year with its other four victories coming Canisius, Hobart, Michigan and Binghamton.
Yale (-5): An overtime loss to Fairfield hurts, but the Bulldogs remain in the top 20 for now, holding wins over Bryant, which makes its debut in the rankings this week, and St. John's, which just dropped out.
Hofstra (17): The Pride have won three in a row — against Ohio State, Georgetown and Fairfield — all teams right outside the top 20. Hofstra's two losses have been by two goals to Princeton and another two goal season-opening loss to Marquette, which looks more like an anomaly as the season moves forward.
Colgate (19): Although their most recent win isn't the most impressive result ever seen — a 7-5 win over first-year program Boston University — the Raiders are 5-1 and have beaten Bryant, ranked just below them.
Bryant (20): The defending NEC champs beat Drexel and not by the one-goal margin the Dragons are used to for their final scores. The Bulldogs beat them 12-6.
Drexel (16): The Dragons fell to 3-3 with the loss to Bryant. Drexel is a hard team to put a finger on. Wins: Albany, St. John's and Robert Morris. Losses: Virginia, Villanova, Bryant.
St. John's (19): At some point quality wins are needed. The Red Storm lost to Syracuse in Georgia on Saturday. The Johnnies wins to date are over Siena and Holy Cross, with losses to the Orange, Yale and Drexel.
Army (20): After breaking into the rankings last week, the Black Knights lost in overtime to Rutgers last Tuesday, but they did follow that up with a 10-goal win over Holy Cross.