March 17, 2014
Ohio State (+2): While this week’s wins over High Point and Hofstra didn’t have the same effect as last week’s victories over Louisville and Northwestern, the Buckeyes continue their climb, with this week’s mini-jump due in large part to some flux in the 15-20 zone of the rankings.
Brown (+2): The Bears also benefit from the back-end flux this week, moving up another two spots from their entrance in the rankings last week with wins over Holy Cross and Central Connecticut.
Boston College (+1): Movement at the top of the poll was minimal this week, but the Eagles sneaked up one slot after Florida’s loss to Syracuse. The Orange also had a loss at No. 3 this week (to No. 2 Maryland), but the head-to-head win over BC earlier in the year made this placement the most logical.
Georgetown (-2): The only team to drop more than one spot gets a bit of a raw deal — the Hoyas’ loss this week was to top-ranked North Carolina — but everybody from No. 6 Penn down won this week, magnifying the Hoyas winding up in the loss column.
Florida (-1): A visit to the Carrier Dome didn’t treat the Gators well, as the hosts took a 17-12 victory on Saturday afternoon, snapping an eight-game win streak.
Albany (17): Improving to 5-0 after a win over Cornell on Sunday, the Great Danes make their move into the rankings for the first time this week.
Stony Brook (19): Improving to 5-2 on the year, the Seawolves move back into the rankings this week and look to have the potential for smooth sailing through the America East season going forward.
Loyola (20): Wins over Towson and Lafayette this week get the Greyhounds back into good graces, having snapped a four-game losing streak against Towson (and earned a quality win in the process).
James Madison: A loss to unranked Rutgers does the Dukes in this week, but they can get right back into the mix with Virginia and Maryland this week. Despite falling out of the Top 20 this week, Virginia is a quality foe, and a win over unbeaten Maryland would vault any team into the middle of the pack.
Virginia: Already struggling all season to get wins against a brutal schedule, the Cavaliers finally drop out of the rankings after falling to unranked Princeton on the road by two goals. Virginia obviously has tons of talent, but life doesn’t get any easier with James Madison and Duke on the docket this week.
Towson: The loss to Loyola in the middle of the week was the Tigers’ fourth in a row, and dropped them to 2-4 on the season. A win late in the week against Monmouth broke the streak, but wasn’t enough to keep them in this time around.