April 21, 2014

Lacrosse Magazine Rankings: Calm Before the Storm

by Lacrosse Magazine Staff | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

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.

There was a tiny amount of movement in this week's rankings compared to last week, as most of the Top 20 handled business to maintain position. But conference tournaments are not far away, starting with the ACC and Patriot League games this weekend. Upcoming May Madness is sure to shake up the scene.

W-L Previous Result Next
1
Loyola (Md.) 12-1
1
W, Bucknell 13-5
4/25 vs. TBD (Patriot League Semifinal)
2
Duke 12-2
2
W, Rutgers 17-8
4/25 vs. Syracuse (ACC Semifinal)
3
Denver 11-2
3
W, Providence 14-6
4/26 vs. Marquette
4
Syracuse 9-3
4
W, Hobart 15-9
4/25 vs. Duke (ACC Semifinal)
5
North Carolina 10-3
5
W, High Point 12-8
4/26 vs. Virginia (ACC Showcase)
6
Johns Hopkins 10-3
6
W, Mt. St. Mary's 17-2; W, Navy 6-5
4/23 vs. Villanova
7
Maryland 10-2
7
W, Notre Dame 12-8
4/25 vs. Notre Dame (ACC Semifinal)
8
Virginia 9-5
9
W, Bellarmine 12-8
4/26 vs. North Carolina (ACC Showcase)
9
Notre Dame 6-5
8
L, Maryland 12-8
4/25 vs. Maryland (ACC Semifinal)
10
Hofstra 10-3
10
W, UMass 11-6
4/26 at Penn St.
11
Cornell 10-3
11
W, Brown 14-9
4/26 vs. Princeton
12
Penn 8-3
12
W, Dartmouth 9-3
4/22 at Towson
13
Yale 9-3
13
W, Michigan 13-7
4/22 vs. Quinnipiac
14
Fairfield 10-3
15
W, Quinnipiac 15-10
4/26 vs. Ohio St.
15
Drexel 9-4
16
W, Towson 13-7
4/25 at High Point
16
Harvard 8-5
17
W, Princeton 9-8
4/26 at Yale
17
Princeton 7-5
14
L, Harvard 9-8
4/26 vs. Cornell
18
Lehigh 12-4
18
W, Lafayette 17-6
4/22 vs. Navy (Patriot League Quarterfinal)
19
Bryant 11-4
19
W, Robert Morris 13-6
4/22 at Brown
20
Albany 8-5
NR
W, UMBC 18-14
4/22 vs. Siena

Also Considered (alphabetical order): Air Force, Army, Ohio St., Penn St., St. Joseph's

Who's Hot?

Harvard (+1): Only a couple teams gained ground in the rankings this week, and one was the Crimson with its 8-7 win over Princeton. Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League standings at 4-1 with a head-to-head win over Cornell, which is also 4-1. For the past couple seasons, Harvard has been pegged as a team to watch and it appears there is no more appropriate time than now.

Drexel (+1): "We're doing our best to peak at the right time," Dragons coach Brian Voelker said after Drexel beat Towson 13-7 on Saturday night. His group locked up the second seed for the CAA tournament and has won five straight games.

Who's Not?

Princeton (-3): Princeton lost any chance of winning the Ivy League title when it lost to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are ineligible for the conference postseason tournament. The loss also hurt Princeton's NCAA tournament at-large chances as every other Ivy League foe ranked ahead of them could be compared more favorably by the NCAA tournament selection committee.

Who's New?

Albany (20): Albany returns to the Top 20 after downing UMBC 18-14 on Saturday. The Great Danes have an intriguing game with Binghamton this week to decide the top seed for the America East tournament. Both teams are 4-0 in league.

Dropped Out?

Air Force (previously 20): The Falcons made it a one-week stay in the Top 20, falling to Ohio State 8-6 in Columbus. Suddenly, the Buckeyes are 6-6 and right back in the ECAC and national conversation, sitting just outside LM's main list.


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