April 28, 2014
Notre Dame (+4): How much hotter can a team be? The Irish began the week with their NCAA tournament at-large chances in question after a loss to Maryland. This week they edged Maryland in the ACC tournament semifinals and held off Syracuse in Sunday’s ACC final to grab an NCAA AQ bid.
Harvard (+3): The Crimson won the program’s first Ivy League regular season title in 24 years by beating Yale by a goal on Saturday. Harvard hosts the four-team Ivy League tournament this week, which, if the Ivy regular season is any indication, will be three close games.
North Carolina (-3): The Tar Heels’ three-spot slip has more to do with Notre Dame’s rise and Johns Hopkins holding serve with a win over Villanova, but UNC also fell to Virginia in the ACC Showcase on Saturday night, a matchup of the conference’s fifth and sixth teams according to the regular season standings.
Princeton (-3): It’s all but official that the Tigers’ season is over after losing to Cornell by two on Saturday. Princeton had an outside chance at the NCAA tournament, but with Notre Dame going on a tear coupled with a regular-season ending loss didn’t do the Tigers any favors.
Maryland (-2): What’s up with the Terps? In its last three games, Maryland has scored six or fewer goals twice in losses to Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame, which sandwiched a win over Notre Dame two games ago.
Saint Joseph’s (19): Coach Taylor Wray’s bunch jumps into the Top 20 after a couple weeks at “also considered” status. Bryant, whom the Hawks beat earlier in the season in a key NEC tilt, lost to Brown and opened the door for St. Joe’s, the top seed for this week’s conference tournament. Its losses this year are to Penn on Feb. 25, a heating up Drexel team on March 25 and High Point in the season-opener.