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Syracuse Lacrosse: Numero Uno Once Again

The Syracuse Orange once again hold the top spot in this week's college lacrosse rankings. With the Orange at #1, the ACC continues its domination by taking five of the top seven spots.

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The Syracuse Orange remain in the top spot in both polls this week after beating the St. John's Red Storm 14-6. The ACC continues to hold its grip on the poll, per usual, taking the number 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7 spots in the Media Poll and the number 1, 2, T4, T4, and 7 spots in the USILA Coaches' Poll. The North Carolina Tar Heels hold on to the #2 ranking this week in both polls after cruising past Manhattan 26-6. Denver swapped spots with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish after taking down them down in overtime this past weekend. The Duke Blue Devils stay at #5 in the Media Poll but fell one spot to #5 in the USILA poll even after beating the Loyola Greyhounds 14-8. The lowest ranked ACC school, the Virginia Cavaliers, will stay at #7 in both polls as they put up a 15-14 win over the Cornell Big Red.

As for Syracuse's non-conference opponents... Cornell lands at #9 this week in both rankings with a one-goal loss to UVA. Army continues its fall to #14/13 with a win over Rutgers and a loss to a surprisingly good Holy Cross team. Syracuse's next opponent, the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, land at #16/17 after a win over Navy. The Jays still hope to get their season back on track after losing to Towson, UNC and Princeton. The Albany Great Danes, who has played just three games, move up one spot in both rankings to #11/15 with a 10-9 win over UMass this weekend. Upstate NY rival Colgate fell out of both polls after losing to BU 18-11. Finally, the Siena Saints, St. John's Red Storm, and Hobart Statesmen continue to be left out.

Now, let's all give a round of applause to the Marquette Golden Eagles as we welcome them to the top ten for the first time in program history. Marquette has only had a division I lacrosse team for three years now, but has shown tremendous improvement since last year. Prior to 2015, the Golden Eagles hold an 11-18 all-time record, but this year the program has gone 7-0 and looks to challenge the Denver Pioneers for the Big East Championship.

Below is your March 9 polls:

School

Media Poll

(Prev.)

USILA

(Prev.)

Syracuse (5-0)

1 (1)

1 (1)

UNC (6-0)

2 (2)

2 (2)

Denver (4-1)

3 (4)

3 (4)

Notre Dame (3-1)

4 (3)

T4 (3)

Duke (6-1)

5 (5)

T4 (5)

Yale (5-0)

6 (6)

6 (6)

Virginia (4-1)

7 (7)

7 (7)

Maryland (4-1)

8 (9)

8 (10)

Cornell (3-2)

9 (7)

9 (8)

Marquette (7-0)

10 (13)

12 (15)

Albany (2-1)

11 (12)

15 (16)

Princeton (3-1)

12 (10)

11 (11)

Harvard (3-1)

13 (16)

10 (13)

Army (5-2)

14 (11)

13 (9)

Villanova (4-1)

15 (19)

16 (19)

Johns Hopkins (3-3)

16 (17)

17 (17)

Loyola (3-3)

17 (14)

14 (12)

Brown (4-0)

18 (NR)

19 (20)

Towson (4-2)

19 (15)

18 (14)

Holy Cross (3-2)

20 (NR)

20 (NR)

New This Week

Dropped from the Rankings

  • Media Poll: Colgate Red Raiders, Pennsylvania Quakers
  • USILA Coaches' Poll: Colgate Red Raiders

Receiving Votes

The Orange will take on rival Johns Hopkins Blue Jays as they return to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 2 pm. The game can be seen on ESPNU and heard on WTKW 99.5 FM. Of course you can also follow me @Orangelax for updates throughout the game.