Daily Archives: March 10, 2014

Latest NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 North Carolina Followed By Maryland, Syracuse, Florida And Boston College


NCAA Women's Lacrosse

Who's Hot? Notre Dame (+7): The Irish are this week's big jumper, shooting up from 15th to eighth on the strength of two good wins -- beating Northwestern on the road during the week and topping Louisville over the weekend. Thus far, their only losses are to No. 5 Boston College and No. 1 North Carolina. Stanford (+7): A three-win week including a pair of thrillers over quality opponents on an East Coast swing moved the Cardinal into the Top 10. A 19-5 win over Fresno State started things, then Stanford paid visits to Towson (8-7 win in OT) and Georgetown (11-10 in 2OT) to improve to 5-1. Johns Hopkins (+5): Up to 7-0 on the season, the Blue Jays topped Towson in reasonably convincing fashion early in the week and then routed George Washington. While chaos has reigned for several teams in the parity-laden early season, the Jays have yet to hit a hiccup. Who's Not? Virginia (-7): Losing games against good competition is still losing games. Right now, Virginia has only Penn State and Richmond in the win column against four losses to the top tier. The only reason they stayed in and Loyola fell out is that their most recent win is closer than the Greyhounds (and was to a team that Loyola just lost by six goals to - trumping Loyola's head-to-head win, which must feel like it was ages ago for fans at Homeland. Northwestern (-5): Not an easy week for the Wildcats, who slip after being edged by Notre Dame and Ohio State, the latter of which hadn't topped Northwestern since 2003. Who's New? Ohio State: After suffering three losses as February turned to March (by a combined five goals), the Buckeyes roared back this week with one-goal wins over Louisville and Northwestern. Brown: A win over Princeton earns Bruno a spot in our rankings, a fair boost considering it was the first time the Bears had topped the Tigers since 1991. (The Lions have also already been dispatched on the season for Brown, which already topped Columbia in a previous week). Dropped Out? Loyola (14): Two weeks ago, the Greyhounds were 2-0 and sitting pretty at No. 7. After four consecutive losses, they've dropped out. I would bet they'll be back - three of the four losses were by one goal including Tuesday against No. 4 Florida - but it's tough to keep Loyola in at this point. Louisville (18): A week after jumping into the rankings, the Cardinals are back on the outside looking in after falling to Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Who’s Hot?
Notre Dame (+7): The Irish are this week’s big jumper, shooting up from 15th to eighth on the strength of two good wins — beating Northwestern on the road during the week and topping Louisville over the weekend. Thus far, their only losses are to No. 5 Boston College and No. 1 North Carolina.
Stanford (+7): A three-win week including a pair of thrillers over quality opponents on an East Coast swing moved the Cardinal into the Top 10. A 19-5 win over Fresno State started things, then Stanford paid visits to Towson (8-7 win in OT) and Georgetown (11-10 in 2OT) to improve to 5-1.
Johns Hopkins (+5): Up to 7-0 on the season, the Blue Jays topped Towson in reasonably convincing fashion early in the week and then routed George Washington. While chaos has reigned for several teams in the parity-laden early season, the Jays have yet to hit a hiccup.
Who’s Not?
Virginia (-7): Losing games against good competition is still losing games. Right now, Virginia has only Penn State and Richmond in the win column against four losses to the top tier. The only reason they stayed in and Loyola fell out is that their most recent win is closer than the Greyhounds (and was to a team that Loyola just lost by six goals to – trumping Loyola’s head-to-head win, which must feel like it was ages ago for fans at Homeland.
Northwestern (-5): Not an easy week for the Wildcats, who slip after being edged by Notre Dame and Ohio State, the latter of which hadn’t topped Northwestern since 2003.
Who’s New?
Ohio State: After suffering three losses as February turned to March (by a combined five goals), the Buckeyes roared back this week with one-goal wins over Louisville and Northwestern.
Brown: A win over Princeton earns Bruno a spot in our rankings, a fair boost considering it was the first time the Bears had topped the Tigers since 1991. (The Lions have also already been dispatched on the season for Brown, which already topped Columbia in a previous week).
Dropped Out?
Loyola (14): Two weeks ago, the Greyhounds were 2-0 and sitting pretty at No. 7. After four consecutive losses, they’ve dropped out. I would bet they’ll be back – three of the four losses were by one goal including Tuesday against No. 4 Florida – but it’s tough to keep Loyola in at this point.
Louisville (18): A week after jumping into the rankings, the Cardinals are back on the outside looking in after falling to Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Latest NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine Feature #1 Maryland Followed By Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Duke And Virginia


NCAA Men's Lacrosse

Who's Hot? 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. Who's Not? 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. Who's New? 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. Dropped Out? 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.

Who’s Hot?
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.
Who’s Not?
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.
Who’s New?
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.
Dropped Out?
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.