March 31, 2014
Syracuse (+2): A win over Notre Dame — and winning the faceoff battle, no less — was a strong response to a shellacking at the hands of Duke a week earlier.
Penn (+2): A 6-5 win over Yale could have gone either way, but the Quakers avoided dropping to 0-3 in the Ivy League.
Fairfield (+2): The Stags quietly keep moving up the rankings but are far from a sure thing. Through the non-conference season, Fairfield beat UMass and Yale, but lost to Hofstra and Providence. A key ECAC tilt with Ohio State doesn’t come until April 26.
Princeton (-4): The Ivy League is competitive, but an 11-10 loss to Brown may say more about where Princeton is the national scheme of things.
Albany (-3): You could say the Great Danes are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. Albany lost to unranked Canisius 14-10 on Tuesday, just two games after the Golden Griffins had beaten first-year program Monmouth by just a goal. The Thompsons head to Homewood Field for a Friday night showdown with Johns Hopkins.
Hofstra (17): The Pride has clinched a CAA post-season berth already, a welcome note considering they missed the conference postseason all together last year. This Hofstra edition is looking rather strong as the calendar flips to April.
St. John’s (19): It’s dangerous to use the transitive property, especially when it comes to teams ranked 15 and below. But, for comparison’s sake, as St. John’s enters the Top 20 they beat Providence 14-7. Bryant, ranked 13th, also beat Providence, but by a 7-6 score earlier in the week.
Drexel (20): The Dragons return to the Top 20 after beating Delaware on Saturday, but their re-apparance has more to do with the season at large and circumstance, as Drexel holds wins over Albany and St. John’s earlier in the year.
Penn St. (18): The at-large-or-bust Nits are below .500 after losing to Villanova. If this team’s NCAA hopes weren’t dashed this time last week, they are now.
Towson (19): The Tigers had a chance to remain in the rankings with a matchup with Hofstra on Saturday night, but fell 9-7.
Colgate (20): The gritty Raiders just missed the cut after playing Loyola tough in a 10-8 loss.