Maryland (+6): The Terps made a big statement, welcoming Syracuse to the ACC with an 16-8 thumping in the Carrier Dome. Maryland faceoff man Charlie Raffa swung momentum in the Terps’ favor.
Drexel (+5): Entering Saturday, Drexel hadn’t lost to Albany since 2009 and the trend continued in a 14-13 shootout between the two teams, which combined for 97 shots. A week after falling to Virginia by just one goal, the Dragons crack the top 15 after taking down the Great Danes. Drexel is squarely in the running to win the CAA title this season.
Penn State (+4): After a week outside the top 10, the Nittany Lions return with a one-goal win on the road at Notre Dame. They sit behind Loyola, which beat Penn State in overtime the game prior.
Notre Dame (-6): The Irish managed just seven goals at home against Penn State. Six spots may be looked at as a steep drop, but Notre Dame isn’t far off teams ranked just above them.
Albany (-6): The Great Danes sit at 0-2 with a pair of one-goal losses to Syracuse and Drexel. They’ll need to work their way back up the rankings the rest of the year.
Syracuse (-5): An eight-goal loss to Maryland is concerning. Syracuse’s weakness — faceoffs — showed up again in its inaugural ACC contests. It won’t get any easier in the conference with faceoff guys like Brendan Fowler (Duke) and RG Keenan (North Carolina) looming.