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Syracuse Lacrosse: Orange pick up a spot in the Nike/USLacrosse Poll

The Syracuse Orange came out firing in week one, and while the program stays at six in the Media Poll, SU moved up one to the seventh position in the Nike/USLacrosse Poll.

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Following a 19-6 win over the Siena Saints, the Syracuse Orange stay steady at the six spot in the Maverik Media Poll but gained a position in the Nike/US Lacrosse Poll, moving to the seventh spot. UNC fell out of the top spot in the Media Poll after wins over UMBC and Furman while Notre Dame has yet to play a game but gained a spot in the US Lacrosse rankings. Then there is Duke. After falling to Air Force at home a week ago, the Dukies came back for a win over High Point and a clobbering of Cleveland State this past weekend. The Blue Devils fall five spots in the Media Poll and six spots in the US Lacrosse rankings, bringing them outside of the top ten in both. Finally, Virginia had a big, one goal win over Loyola Saturday advancing the Cavs into the top ten of both polls.

The Naval Academy put together a very tough opening schedule for 2017, playing at Johns Hopkins and against Maryland within a four day span. I have heard a couple of times that Navy is the best 0-2 team in D1 right now, but being as the only other 0-2 teams are Cleveland State and UMBC, it would be hard not to make that case. Don’t let the record fool you, this is a very talented team even with recent injuries taken into account. Navy may not lose again this season, but the Midshipmen took a huge drop in the rankings after back to back losses.

Villanova took a big time L versus fourth year program Monmouth on Saturday and fell out of both polls. It won’t get any easier for the Wildcats with upcoming games against Yale and Penn State.

Ranked Teams by Conference: ACC (5/5), Big Ten (5/6), Big East (2/6), Ivy (2/7), SoCon (2/8), America East (1/7), Patriot (2/9), Colonial (1/6), Metro Atlantic (0/7), Northeast (0/7), Independent (0/2)

Biggest Movers:

Navy -6

Virginia +8

Exiting the Poll:

Villanova

Entering the Poll:

Ohio State

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (12), Johns Hopkins (5), Duke (15) Notre Dame (4), UNC (3), Virginia (7)

Maverik Media Poll

Rank Maverik Media Poll Previous Rank
Rank Maverik Media Poll Previous Rank
1 Denver Pioneers (12 First Place Votes) 3
2 Maryland Terrapins (6) 2
3 North Carolina Tar Heels (15) 1
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4
5 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 9
6 Syracuse Orange 6
7 Virginia Cavaliers 15
8 Yale Bulldogs 7
9 Loyola Greyhounds 5
10 Brown Bears 8
11 Penn State Nittany Lions 14
12 Albany Great Danes 13
13 Towson Tigers 12
14 Air Force Falcons 17
15 Duke Blue Devils 10
16 Richmond Spiders 20
17 Navy Midshipmen 11
18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 19
19 Ohio State Buckeyes 22
20 Marquette Golden Eagles 18

Also Receiving Votes: Pennsylvania Quakers, Army Black Knights, Bucknell Bison, Harvard Crimson, Cornell Big Red, Villanova Wildcats, Boston University Terriers, Vermont Catamounts, Hartford Hawks, Quinnipiac Bobcats, Monmouth Hawks, Michigan Wolverines

Ranked Teams by Conference: ACC (5/5), Big Ten (5/6), Big East (2/6), Ivy (2/7), SoCon (2/8), America East (1/7), Patriot (2/9), Colonial (1/6), Metro Atlantic (0/7), Northeast (0/7), Independent (0/2)

Biggest Movers:

Navy -7

Air Force +4

Exiting the Poll:

Villanova

Entering the Poll:

Richmond

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (11), Johns Hopkins (5), Duke (16) Notre Dame (4), UNC (3), Virginia (8)

Nike/US Lacrosse Poll

Rank School Previous Rank
Rank School Previous Rank
1 Denver 1
2 Maryland 2
3 North Carolina 3
4 Notre Dame 5
5 Johns Hopkins 6
6 Yale 7
7 Syracuse 8
8 Virginia 11
9 Loyola 4
10 Brown 9
11 Albany 12
12 Towson 14
13 Penn State 15
14 Rutgers 16
15 Air Force 19
16 Duke 10
17 Marquette 17
18 Ohio State 18
19 Richmond N/R
20 Navy 13

Also Considered: Army, Boston University, Bucknell, Harvard, Monmouth, Penn