April 7, 2014
Drexel (+3): The Dragons reap the benefits of several teams in front of them losing games this week, but they also handled business by beating Penn State 13-12. Drexel is right in the thick of the CAA race, at 2-1 in the conference along with Towson. Both are behind 3-0 Hofstra.
Hofstra (+2): The current CAA leader moves solidly into the Top 15 after fending off MAAC-leading Siena, 7-6.
Bryant (-6): The Bulldogs played what coach Mike Pressler said was their worst half of the season in the first 30 minutes against St. Joseph’s on Saturday. Bryant trailed 6-1 at the break and fought back to tie the game with five third-quarter goals, but St. Joseph’s pulled away for a 9-7 win and took over the NEC conference lead. Suddently, the Bulldogs’ resume looks a bit different, with its best wins of the season over up-and-down Albany and Drexel.
Cornell (-5): LM’s former No. 1 team drops to sixth after a 14-9 loss to Ivy League foe Harvard on Saturday. A big game with central New York rival Syracuse awaits Tuesday in Ithaca.
Harvard (16): If there is one way to enter the Top 20 it is to beat the top-ranked team in the country. The Crimson were “also considered” last week, so it’s not like they are coming completely out of nowhere. The Ivy League talent runs deep.
Lehigh (18): Lehigh returns to the rankings after beating Patriot League foe Colgate 11-7. The Mountain Hawks are 9-3 and have what could be a barometer game Tuesday night at Princeton.
Towson (20): The Tigers made an appearance in the Top 20 two weeks ago, but dropped out after a loss last week to Hofstra. They return after beating previously ranked CAA opponent UMass.
UMass (previously 15): Did they week off hurt the Minutemen? They drop out after the 6-5 loss to UMass, but could jump right back in with Drexel on the docket this week. As with many teams in the 15 and beyond range, they are hard to judge. UMass did beat Harvard earlier in the season, but wins over Penn State and Ohio State don’t look as strong as they could in other seasons.
Albany (previously 18): The up-and-down Great Danes hit a low on Friday night at Homewood Field in Baltimore. Albany had 24 turnovers, well above their season average, and put themselves in an insurmountable hole and lost 13-8. Nevertheless, each of the Thompson scored one highlight reel goal. They followed the loss with a 15-11 win over Hartford on Sunday afternoon.
St. John’s (previously 19): The Red Storm were likely dropping out after a 16-13 loss to Rutgers during the week, but then ensured it with a double-overtime defeat at home to Marquette on Sunday in Queens.