Yale (+4): The Bulldogs won a back-and-forth, 16-15 thriller on Saturday against Princeton to even their mark in the Ivy League at 1-1 after falling by two to Cornell seven days earlier. Another conference battle with Penn awaits.
Albany (+4): Great Danes goalie Blake Riorden made 19 saves in what coach Scott Marr said was “probably one of the best games he’s played in his career,” a 17-10 win over Penn State. Meanwhile, the Thompsons did their thing.
North Carolina (+3): North Carolina took down a top-ranked Maryland team in an ACC regular-season matchup for the second straight year. The Tar Heels leap three spots, but remain by Duke, which beat them in overtime a week before they downed the Terps.
Maryland (-4): It’s probably unfair to say Maryland is “not,” but a loss by the nation’s previously top-ranked team is going to have consequences when the seven teams ranked behind it earn wins in the same week.
Massachusetts (-4): The Minutemen dropped their second game of the season on Tuesday at Fairfield, but UMass can still hang its hat on a 8-6 win over Penn State a week earlier.
Penn St. (-4): A seven-goal loss to Albany most likely ended the Nittany Lions’ postseason hopes for good. Only one non-conference game to prove itself remains, against unranked Villanova. Four CAA games follow to close out the year, but in the bigger picture, those results won’t mean much with Penn State banned from playing for the league title and NCAA tournament AQ berth.
Fairfield (16): The Stags have been floating around the Top 20 for much of the year. Their second top-20 win of the year, an 11-5 win versus UMass on Tuesday, vaults them — and the ECAC — into the rankings this week. Fairfield also holds a 12-11 overtime win over Yale this season.
Towson (19): Since a pair of back-to-back lopsided losses against Johns Hopkins and Loyola in mid-February, Towson has won six straight games.
Hofstra (previously 17): The Pride dropped an overtime game to St. John’s on Tuesday and followed it with a 11-8 win over Drexel. Hofstra has a chance to jump right back in the Top 20 with a game vs. Towson on Saturday.
Lehigh (previously 18): The Mountain Hawks lost to Patriot League foe Army, 6-5, on Saturday. Lehigh’s best win this season came in overtime against a now 2-5 Villanova squad.