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Latest NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Loyola Followed By Duke, Denver, Syracuse And North Carolina


April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

Who's Hot? Harvard (+1): Only a couple teams gained ground in the rankings this week, and one was the Crimson with its 8-7 win over Princeton. Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League standings at 4-1 with a head-to-head win over Cornell, which is also 4-1. For the past couple seasons, Harvard has been pegged as a team to watch and it appears there is no more appropriate time than now. Drexel (+1): "We're doing our best to peak at the right time," Dragons coach Brian Voelker said after Drexel beat Towson 13-7 on Saturday night. His group locked up the second seed for the CAA tournament and has won five straight games. Who's Not? Princeton (-3): Princeton lost any chance of winning the Ivy League title when it lost to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are ineligible for the conference postseason tournament. The loss also hurt Princeton's NCAA tournament at-large chances as every other Ivy League foe ranked ahead of them could be compared more favorably by the NCAA tournament selection committee. Who's New? Albany (20): Albany returns to the Top 20 after downing UMBC 18-14 on Saturday. The Great Danes have an intriguing game with Binghamton this week to decide the top seed for the America East tournament. Both teams are 4-0 in league. Dropped Out? Air Force (previously 20): The Falcons made it a one-week stay in the Top 20, falling to Ohio State 8-6 in Columbus. Suddenly, the Buckeyes are 6-6 and right back in the ECAC and national conversation, sitting just outside LM's main list.

Who’s Hot?
Harvard (+1): Only a couple teams gained ground in the rankings this week, and one was the Crimson with its 8-7 win over Princeton. Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League standings at 4-1 with a head-to-head win over Cornell, which is also 4-1. For the past couple seasons, Harvard has been pegged as a team to watch and it appears there is no more appropriate time than now.
Drexel (+1): “We’re doing our best to peak at the right time,” Dragons coach Brian Voelker said after Drexel beat Towson 13-7 on Saturday night. His group locked up the second seed for the CAA tournament and has won five straight games.
Who’s Not?
Princeton (-3): Princeton lost any chance of winning the Ivy League title when it lost to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are ineligible for the conference postseason tournament. The loss also hurt Princeton’s NCAA tournament at-large chances as every other Ivy League foe ranked ahead of them could be compared more favorably by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Who’s New?
Albany (20): Albany returns to the Top 20 after downing UMBC 18-14 on Saturday. The Great Danes have an intriguing game with Binghamton this week to decide the top seed for the America East tournament. Both teams are 4-0 in league.
Dropped Out?
Air Force (previously 20): The Falcons made it a one-week stay in the Top 20, falling to Ohio State 8-6 in Columbus. Suddenly, the Buckeyes are 6-6 and right back in the ECAC and national conversation, sitting just outside LM’s main list.

Latest NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Syracuse Followed By Maryland, Florida, Ohio State And North Carolina


April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

Who's Hot? Duke (+5): You can never count out a rivalry game, but Duke wasn't expected to beat a suddenly reeling North Carolina team during the week. Whether they got way up just for their Triangle rivals will be determined in the ACC quarterfinals this week, when the Blue Devils take on Virginia. Penn State (+4): The season has been a bit of a see-saw for the Nittany Lions, but it's telling that their last loss to a team outside of the current Top 10 was back on March 5th to James Madison.  Loyola (+3): A four-game slide in late February/early March seems to be long gone, as the Greyhounds swept through their first Patriot League season unbeaten and are hosting the conference tournament this weekend before a date on the final Saturday of the year against former Big East rival Syracuse. Louisville (+3): Unbeaten in Big East play, the Cardinals have won eight straight since losing back-to-back games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. If they can get the job done in their regular-season finale against Marquette, they'll be the top seed in the Big East tourney, but have a tough potential final opponent in Georgetown, which stands at No. 2 in the league and is hosting the tournament the first weekend in May. Who's Not? Penn (-10): A steep drop for the Quakers this week, as a loss to Princeton means the Tigers will be league regular season champion for the Ivies this year. More importantly, Penn has zero wins over any team currently in the Top 20.  Notre Dame (-5): Two losses to top competition this week hurt, but the Irish suffer more because they're running cold at the worst time of the season - having fallen in four of their last five and are just 4-5 since back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Louisville in early March and 8-7 overall. The road doesn't get any easier this week, as Notre Dame drew No. 1 Syracuse for its ACC tournament quarterfinal opponent due to its 1-5 record in the brutal league regular season. Stanford (-5): A surprise upset at the hands of Lindsay Munday's USC Trojans, coupled with wins over Notre Dame and Georgtown not holding up as well as they once looked, knocks the Cardinal down a few spots,  North Carolina (-3): It was just a week ago that the Tar Heels relinquished the No. 1 spot for the first time all season, but all that matters right now is that coach Levy's team is 2-3 in its last five. We still wouldn't bet against them when all is said and done, given that they have shown that they can beat anyone when the things go right. They're just on a rough stretch and have to play a road game against ACC tournament host Boston College in the quarterfinals. Who's New? Princeton (19): After a 1-3 start, the Tigers have roared back with nine wins in their last ten, with the only loss coming against No. 2 Maryland by a goal. Clinching the regular season Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 this weekend, Princeton is getting hot at the right time.

Who’s Hot?
Duke (+5): You can never count out a rivalry game, but Duke wasn’t expected to beat a suddenly reeling North Carolina team during the week. Whether they got way up just for their Triangle rivals will be determined in the ACC quarterfinals this week, when the Blue Devils take on Virginia.
Penn State (+4): The season has been a bit of a see-saw for the Nittany Lions, but it’s telling that their last loss to a team outside of the current Top 10 was back on March 5th to James Madison.
Loyola (+3): A four-game slide in late February/early March seems to be long gone, as the Greyhounds swept through their first Patriot League season unbeaten and are hosting the conference tournament this weekend before a date on the final Saturday of the year against former Big East rival Syracuse.
Louisville (+3): Unbeaten in Big East play, the Cardinals have won eight straight since losing back-to-back games against Ohio State and Notre Dame. If they can get the job done in their regular-season finale against Marquette, they’ll be the top seed in the Big East tourney, but have a tough potential final opponent in Georgetown, which stands at No. 2 in the league and is hosting the tournament the first weekend in May.
Who’s Not?
Penn (-10): A steep drop for the Quakers this week, as a loss to Princeton means the Tigers will be league regular season champion for the Ivies this year. More importantly, Penn has zero wins over any team currently in the Top 20.
Notre Dame (-5): Two losses to top competition this week hurt, but the Irish suffer more because they’re running cold at the worst time of the season – having fallen in four of their last five and are just 4-5 since back-to-back wins over Northwestern and Louisville in early March and 8-7 overall. The road doesn’t get any easier this week, as Notre Dame drew No. 1 Syracuse for its ACC tournament quarterfinal opponent due to its 1-5 record in the brutal league regular season.
Stanford (-5): A surprise upset at the hands of Lindsay Munday’s USC Trojans, coupled with wins over Notre Dame and Georgtown not holding up as well as they once looked, knocks the Cardinal down a few spots,
North Carolina (-3): It was just a week ago that the Tar Heels relinquished the No. 1 spot for the first time all season, but all that matters right now is that coach Levy’s team is 2-3 in its last five. We still wouldn’t bet against them when all is said and done, given that they have shown that they can beat anyone when the things go right. They’re just on a rough stretch and have to play a road game against ACC tournament host Boston College in the quarterfinals.
Who’s New?
Princeton (19): After a 1-3 start, the Tigers have roared back with nine wins in their last ten, with the only loss coming against No. 2 Maryland by a goal. Clinching the regular season Ivy League title for the first time since 2006 this weekend, Princeton is getting hot at the right time.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And J Serra Catholic


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights enter the poll with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over previously undefeated J Serra Catholic. Foothill-Santa Ana is now riding a five-game winning streak and faces another tough game this week against St Margaret’s Episcopal (7-2).

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders remain atop the rankings with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.) and a 13-5 win over Fort Collins (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has an almost two-week break before taking on Kent Denver (Colo.) and Heritage (Colo.) in a span of three days.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7- 4
The Mavericks had a respectable showing in a 13-7 loss to undefeated Georgetown Prep (Md.), ranked No. 3 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys’ Top 25. La Costa Canyon also hung tough with nationally ranked Salesianum (Del.). In the final game of the week, La Costa Canyon fell to Haverford School (Pa.), 19-4.

4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-1
The Islanders showed they can play with the most elite teams in the entire nation, going 2-1 on their trip to Connecticut. Mercer Island beat Joel Barlow, 12-10 and Xavier, 13-5 before falling to Wilton. 15-12. The Islanders appear to be surging to the playoff stretch.

5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 12- 1
The Lions continued their impressive run with a 15-10 victory over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). J Serra Catholic then fell in a showdown with Foothill-Santa Ana, which entered the game with only one loss — a tough 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.

6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Serra San-Mateo (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). St. Ignatius plays one more in-state game against De La Salle (Calif.) before traveling East to take on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Salesianum.

7. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-1
The Bells won their third consecutive game with a dominant 18-2 victory over Archbishop Mitty (Calif.). Bellarmine takes on Foothill and St. Francis (Calif.) this week before another 10-day layoff.

8. West Linn (Ore.) 5-0
The Lions extended their winning steak to five games with a solid 9-7 victory over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). West Linn and Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) have established themselves as the class of the state. Unfortunately, the teams do not play in the regular season.

9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Regis Jesuit with dominant victories over San Clemente (Colo.) and Lincoln (Colo.). Arapahoe faces another big test this week against No. 9 Cherry Creek (Colo.) as they head to the playoff stretch.

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-2
The Bruins returned from Maryland and took down Cherokee Trail (Colo.), San Clemente (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.). Cherry Creek faces off with Arapahoe this week in a game that will have huge playoff implications as far as seeding.

Notes

Teams from Washington State showed they can play with anyone in the nation last week. Mercer Island traveled to Connecticut and beat Joel Barlow, 12-10, Xavier, 13-5 before losing to Wilton, 15-12, in a shootout. Issaquah finished 2-1 on its long trip to Texas. The Eagles beat Vandegrift (Texas), 9-5, and then knocked off Westlake (Texas), 7-4. Issaquah suffered a loss in the final game, 10-9, to Austin (Texas). Issaquah is now 9-2 on the season with its only other loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada. Along with Bellevue (10-1), the playoffs in Washington State should be an interesting affair. Eastside Catholic (Wash.) ran their unbeaten streak to nine with a dominant 17-2 victory over Emerald Ridge-Puyallup (Wash.). Eastside Catholic plays back-to-back games against Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) before getting a 13-day break.

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West Linn (Ore.) knocked state rival Jesuit-Portland, 9-7, in the Fritz Hayes Classic, which honors a former longtime local, lacrosse official who was killed during a home invasion two years ago. All four of last year’s Oregon semifinalists – West Linn, Jesuit-Portland, Lakeside (Ore.) and Beaverton (Ore.) – all participated in the tournament. Colin Squires scored what proved to be the game-in winner with just over a minute left in regulation for West Linn, which improved to 5-0 on the season. Jack Sweitzer led Jesuit with two goals. West Linn also knocked off Portland Jesuit in the state semifinals last season. In the other game, Holden Catlett had three goals to lead defending state champion Lakeridge to a dominant 12-1 victory over Beaverton. The Pacers (7-3) beat West Linn, 15-7, in the finals last season.

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Waterford (Utah) defenseman Jacob Mika might have scored the goal of the year in high school lacrosse. As time expired in the first quarter against Riverton (Utah), Mika picked a loose ball in front of his own goal and then heaved the ball their entire length of the field over the Riverton goalie’s head and into the goal. Waterford won the game 17-3 and is 6-1 on the season

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Chatfield, West Linn, Bishop’s School, Amador Valley And Centauraus


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights remain atop the poll with some impressive victories. Foothill-Santa Ana had three convincing victories last week over Newport Harbor (Calif.), 14-4, Valencia (Calif.), 15-4, and Beckman (Calif.), 18-3. Defense has been the key for the Knights and they’ve continued to get better every game.

Editor’s Note: Foothill-Santa Ana lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, after this piece was written and submitted.

2. Chatfield (Colo.), 8-0
The Chargers remained undefeated by dominating Green Mountain (Colo.) and Mullen (Colo.). Chatfield is on its way to putting together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. The Chargers play three in-state games this week against Conifer (Colo.), Golden (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).

3. West Linn (Ore.), 7-0
The Lions passed their biggest test of the young season with a 15-11 victory over rival Lake Oswego (Ore.). Natalie Byrne led the way with nine goals. West Linn then followed that up with victories over Clackmas (Ore.) and Canby (Ore.), outscoring them by a combined 33-1. The Lions have a tough game this week against Oregon Episcopal (5-1).

4. The Bishop’s School (Calif.) 6-0
The Knights resumed play after a five-day break with a convincing 18-4 victory over La Jolla Country Day School (Calif.) in conference play. The Bishop’s School can continue to crate more separation in the league this week with a game against Pacific Ridge (Calif.), which is 3-5 on the season.

5. Amador Valley (Calif.), 10 -1
The Dons have won five consecutive games, including an impressive 13-11 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.) in five overtimes.

6. Centaurus (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors won the showdown of the week in Colorado with a convincing 17-9 victory over previously undefeated Air Academy (Colo.). Centaurus pulled way by scoring nine of the game’s final 10 goals. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with five goals. The Warriors followed that up with victories over St. Mary’s Academy (Colo.) and Kent Denver (Colo.).

7. Denver East (Colo.), 8-0
The Angels continued their impressive run to open the season. Denver East remained unbeaten with victories over Thomson Valley (Colo.), 8-7, Kennedy (Colo.), 21-1, and Dakota Ridge (Colo.), 25-6. The Angels have a tough test this week against Colorado Academy (Colo.), which is 7-1.

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 6-1
The Kadets suffered their first loss of the season, 17-9, to rival Centaurus. Air Academy actually took an 8-7 lead midway through the second half before the Warriors put together an impressive rally. Air Academy bounced back with a 16-6 victory over Palmer Ridge (Colo.).

9. Carondelet (Calif.), 7-3
The Cougars knocked off Menlo School (Calif.) 17-7. Maddie Castelein, Corinne Lafayette and Mia Maloney each had three goals. Carondelet then suffered a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to former No. 1 Amador Valley (Calif.). The Cougars look to bounce back with a tough game against Los Alamitos (8-3) this week before hitting the road for some out-of-state competition, including a game against Loyola Academy (Ill.).

10. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 8-3
The Griffins enter the poll on the heals of three-straight victories. Los Alamitos knocked off perennial power La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-10, and the picked up a 12-11 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). The Griffins got another signature win, 18-13, over Mater Dei (Calif.).

Notes

West Linn showed the balance of power has not shifted in Oregon this season. The defending state champions knocked off rival Lake Oswego, 15-11, in a battle of the area’s top programs. It was Lake Oswego’s first loss at home in three years.

Sophomore Natalie Byrne rose to the occasion again scoring nine goals on just 12 shots and adding two assists. She also had six goals in last season’s state championship 19-13 victory over Lake Oswego. Mariah Gatti and Hanna Morford each scored three goals for West Linn, which is 7-0 on the season. Lexi Cheetham and Lilly Newman, each had four goals for Lake Oswego.

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Eastside Catholic (Wash.) has one of the most balanced teams in Seattle and have created matchup problems for teams all season. In a 13-5 victory over Seattle Prep last week, Eastside Catholic over came four unanswered goals in the first half to pull away. The Crusaders held Prep scoreless in the second half, while scoring seven goals. Valerie Vachris finished with five goals, while Maddie Banks had four and Tristana Leist added three. Eastside Catholic is now 6-1-1 and will face a big test against undefeated Lakeside (5-0-1) this week.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Loyola Followed By Duke, Denver, Syracuse, North Carolina And Johns Hopkins


April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Who's Hot? Hofstra (+5): With an overtime win over Cornell on Long Island, the Pride were victorious for the fifth straight game. They trailed 9-7 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter and rallied to win on Mike Malave's OT strike. Hofstra is also 3-0 in the CAA and, should it not win the conference AQ, has boosted its NCAA tournament at-large resume. Johns Hopkins (+4): The Blue Jays earned their first top-10 victory of the season with a comprehensive 11-6 win over visiting Maryland. Johns Hopkins held the rival Terps to just two goals entering the fourth quarter. Syracuse (+3): The Orange pulled out an 11-10 double-overtime thriller against North Carolina at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night to follow a five-goal win over New York foe Cornell on Tuesday. Who's Not? Cornell (-5): All of a sudden, the Big Red are reeling with three straight losses to Harvard, Syracuse and Hofstra after nine straight wins to start the season. Now the focus is on finishing the Ivy League slate strong. Cornell is tied with Harvard for the league lead with 3-1 records and faces Brown and Princeton before the Ivy tournament. Maryland (-3): The Terps need to regroup quick with Notre Dame on the docket Saturday. Can the young offense get back on track against a program with traditionally one of top defenses in the country? Who's New? Air Force (20): Air Force joined the "also considered" ranks last week, and arrives in the Top 20 for the first time this year with a 16-8 win over then-ECAC leader Fairfield in Colorado Springs, Colo. The senior-laden Falcons have won six straight games and have seemed to figured themselves out after a slow start to the season. We'll know more about them when they play Ohio State this week. Dropped Out? Towson (previously 20): The Tigers were nearly shutout by Penn State, only managing to score in the final minute of the game, an 8-1 loss. Towson is now 2-2 in the CAA, behind Hofstra and Drexel.

Who’s Hot?
Hofstra (+5): With an overtime win over Cornell on Long Island, the Pride were victorious for the fifth straight game. They trailed 9-7 with 3:22 left in the fourth quarter and rallied to win on Mike Malave’s OT strike. Hofstra is also 3-0 in the CAA and, should it not win the conference AQ, has boosted its NCAA tournament at-large resume.
Johns Hopkins (+4): The Blue Jays earned their first top-10 victory of the season with a comprehensive 11-6 win over visiting Maryland. Johns Hopkins held the rival Terps to just two goals entering the fourth quarter.
Syracuse (+3): The Orange pulled out an 11-10 double-overtime thriller against North Carolina at the Carrier Dome on Saturday night to follow a five-goal win over New York foe Cornell on Tuesday.
Who’s Not?
Cornell (-5): All of a sudden, the Big Red are reeling with three straight losses to Harvard, Syracuse and Hofstra after nine straight wins to start the season. Now the focus is on finishing the Ivy League slate strong. Cornell is tied with Harvard for the league lead with 3-1 records and faces Brown and Princeton before the Ivy tournament.
Maryland (-3): The Terps need to regroup quick with Notre Dame on the docket Saturday. Can the young offense get back on track against a program with traditionally one of top defenses in the country?
Who’s New?
Air Force (20): Air Force joined the “also considered” ranks last week, and arrives in the Top 20 for the first time this year with a 16-8 win over then-ECAC leader Fairfield in Colorado Springs, Colo. The senior-laden Falcons have won six straight games and have seemed to figured themselves out after a slow start to the season. We’ll know more about them when they play Ohio State this week.
Dropped Out?
Towson (previously 20): The Tigers were nearly shutout by Penn State, only managing to score in the final minute of the game, an 8-1 loss. Towson is now 2-2 in the CAA, behind Hofstra and Drexel.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine: #1 Syracuse Followed By North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, Ohio State And Johns Hopkins


April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Who's Hot? Johns Hopkins (+9): A big Sunday win over Northwestern marked the first time the Blue Jays have topped their ALC foes in Chicago, and improved the Blue Jays to 11-2 on the year with another test against Penn State this week.  Virginia (+4): With a win over Boston College and a tough showing against Maryland before the Terps ran away with things late, the Cavaliers showed they've got some life in them yet as tournament time approaches.  Ohio State (+3): A comeback against Penn State helped their movement, along with the drop of some other teams that were ahead of them. Who's Not? Albany (-11): Last week's loss to Syracuse ended their perfection but proved they could play top teams tough. This week, they plummet after sputtering with only four goals against Stony Brook. That, plus having no Top 20 wins to speak of make them the big drop this week, but they remain in the rankings with teams like Navy still waiting in the wings. Northwestern (-3): A tough 2OT loss to Johns Hopkins has the Wildcats re-slotted to make room for the Blue Jays and an Ohio State team that also holds a win over them to move up. Boston College (-3): The Eagles fall out of the Top 5 after dropping against Virginia - playing North Carolina, Syracuse and Maryland tough is great, but they stand at 3-4 in league play. Who's New? None: But, Princeton is becoming harder and harder to ignore, as the Tigers have won seven of their last eight, with the only loss coming by one goal against Maryland this week. In that stretch they also have a win over newly minted No. 15 Virginia.  Navy also continues to make its case, improving to 14-1 on the year this week. The looming regular season finale against Loyola this weekend should speak volumes about where Navy stands.

Who’s Hot?
Johns Hopkins (+9): A big Sunday win over Northwestern marked the first time the Blue Jays have topped their ALC foes in Chicago, and improved the Blue Jays to 11-2 on the year with another test against Penn State this week.
Virginia (+4): With a win over Boston College and a tough showing against Maryland before the Terps ran away with things late, the Cavaliers showed they’ve got some life in them yet as tournament time approaches.
Ohio State (+3): A comeback against Penn State helped their movement, along with the drop of some other teams that were ahead of them.
Who’s Not?
Albany (-11): Last week’s loss to Syracuse ended their perfection but proved they could play top teams tough. This week, they plummet after sputtering with only four goals against Stony Brook. That, plus having no Top 20 wins to speak of make them the big drop this week, but they remain in the rankings with teams like Navy still waiting in the wings.
Northwestern (-3): A tough 2OT loss to Johns Hopkins has the Wildcats re-slotted to make room for the Blue Jays and an Ohio State team that also holds a win over them to move up.
Boston College (-3): The Eagles fall out of the Top 5 after dropping against Virginia – playing North Carolina, Syracuse and Maryland tough is great, but they stand at 3-4 in league play.
Who’s New?
None: But, Princeton is becoming harder and harder to ignore, as the Tigers have won seven of their last eight, with the only loss coming by one goal against Maryland this week. In that stretch they also have a win over newly minted No. 15 Virginia.
Navy also continues to make its case, improving to 14-1 on the year this week. The looming regular season finale against Loyola this weekend should speak volumes about where Navy stands.

Latest NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rankings From Lacrosse Magazine Features #1 Loyola Followed By Duke, North Carolina, Maryland And Denver


April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

Who's Hot? 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. Who's Not? 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. Who's New? 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. Dropped Out? 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.

Who’s Hot?
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.
Who’s Not?
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.
Who’s New?
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.
Dropped Out?
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.