Towson (+5): The Tigers opened with a pair of wins this week, topping UMBC and Georgetown to get out of the gate strong. The win over Georgetown (ranked No. 8 last week) coupled with the fall win over Team USA make it seem like this Towson squad means business – we’ll find out how seriously this Sunday when they travel to No. 3 Syracuse.
Loyola (+2): Continuing a solid run of wins to start the season, Loyola topped Princeton 15-10 at home on Saturday, knocking the preseason No. 19 Tigers out of the rankings.
Boston College (+4): Wins over New Hampshire and Ohio State – two teams that are both in the conversation for rankings consideration – and some losses ahead of them continue the Eagles into the Top 10.
Georgetown (-6): A steep drop follows the Hoyas loss to Towson, but Georgetown has a chance at regaining some ground if they can have a successful trip to Princeton this weekend.
Stony Brook (-6): A tough tumble for the Seawolves after a one-goal loss against Notre Dame, but this tends to happen in the early season before we have a full picture of the landscape. Stony Brook has Drexel early this week and a tough visit from No. 5 Florida on the weekend, so a sweep would bump it right back into the Top 10 fringe.
Virginia (-3): Yes, the Cavaliers have lost to three Top 10 teams, one of which was by a last-second goal. But 1-3 is still not a start that any team wants to put down, no matter what your opponent RPI happens to be. One win against Richmond is the only positive the Cavaliers have, and Penn State comes to town for another tough tilt this week.
Louisville (No. 20): Princeton’s loss to Loyola by five goals and wins over Old Dominion and William & Mary are enough to nudge the Cardinals into the rankings this week. Their only loss was a close one (14-11) against No. 6 Duke, but another test looms this week against No. 18 Denver.
Princeton: It’s always tough for Ivy League teams to get out of the gate with their later start times, so the Tigers will most likely rebound as the season progresses. But a five-goal loss when you’re on the edge of the rankings makes it hard to argue against giving another solid team the nod.