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Syracuse Lacrosse: The Orange move to second in the polls

Syracuse lacrosse elevated to second in the nation in each poll after a one-goal win at Notre Dame. Other than UNC, the rest of the ACC is firmly in the rankings.

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Once again we saw the number one team in the nation fall this weekend as the Syracuse Orange beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in an 11-10 game. Syracuse has now played in a program record seven one-goal games. The Orange were rewarded with the second spot in the polls while Notre Dame falls but remains in the top five of every poll.

Say what you will about this Syracuse team, but the Orange clearly know how to win in tight games, something that will help them tremendously in the post-season.

I know that a lot of you thought SU should be the overall number one ranking, but after watching Penn State last night it is hard to argue the 10-0 Nittany Lions as the number one after their on-field performance. Syracuse did pick up nine first place votes in the Media poll and two first place votes in the USILA poll. The Hofstra Pride are also undefeated sitting at 9-0. The Pride picked up a first place vote in the Media poll which I think is ridiculous given what we’ve seen out of PSU and SU. I have no problem with a vote to Penn State, but come on, Hofstra is not the best team in the country.

The Duke Blue Devils beat the North Carolina Tar Heels in a 12-8 game after a fourth quarter in which Duke had a 5-0 goal advantage. The Dukies move to the tenth spot in each poll while UNC remains in the bottom of the USILA Coaches poll and the Media Poll but continue to be left out of the US Lacrosse Poll. The Heels are 5-5 overall and are in danger of being left out of not only the ACC Tournament but also the NCAA Tournament. UNC finishes out its season with games against Virginia, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. Remember, to make the NCAAT a team has to be .500 or better.

The final ACC team, the Virginia Cavaliers, beat the Richmond Spiders 8-7 on Saturday and avoided falling out of the polls. The biggest win UVA has is either against the Spiders or an early season victory over the Loyola Greyhounds, other than that the Cavs don’t have a signature win yet. That being said, its losses are to Penn, Syracuse, Notre Dame, and Johns Hopkins and all are one-goal losses.

Of note, the 8-1 Binghamton Bearcats move into the 20th spot in the Media poll after a 14-8 win over the Lafayette Leopards.

Maverik Men’s Division I Media Poll

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

Biggest Movers:

Syracuse, Yale +3

Ohio State -4

Exiting the Poll:

Boston University

Michigan

Entering the Poll:

Binghamton

Villanova

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (7), Johns Hopkins (11), Duke (10), Notre Dame (4), UNC (19), Virginia (12), Army (6), Binghamton (20)

Maverik Media Poll - Week 8

Rank Maverik Media Poll Previous Rank
Rank Maverik Media Poll Previous Rank
1 Penn State Nittany Lions (24) 2
2 Syracuse Orange (9) 4
3 Hofstra Pride (1) 3
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1
5 Denver Pioneers 6
6 Army Black Knights 7
7 Albany Great Danes 8
8 Maryland Terrapins 9
9 Ohio State Buckeyes 5
10 Duke Blue Devils 12
11 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 13
12 Virginia Cavaliers 14
13 Rutgers Scarlet Knights 10
14 Richmond Spiders 11
15 Princeton Tigers 17
16 Towson Tigers 15
17 Yale Bulldogs 20
18 Villanova Wildcats N/R
19 North Carolina Tar Heels 18
20 Binghamton Bearcats N/R

Also Receiving Votes: Loyola Greyhounds, Boston University Terriers, Michigan Wolverines, Providence Friars, Marquette Golden Eagles, Air Force Falcons, Pennsylvania Quakers, Navy Midshipmen, Bucknell Bison

Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Top 20

Ranked Teams by Conference: Big Ten (5/6), ACC (4/5), Patriot (3/9), Colonial (2/6), Big East (2/6), Ivy (2/7), America East (1/7), SoCon (1/8), Metro Atlantic (0/7), Northeast (0/7), Independent (0/2)

Biggest Movers:

Rutgers -7

Syracuse +3

Exiting the Poll:

Delaware

Marquette

Entering the Poll:

Loyola

Villanova

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (8), Johns Hopkins (14), Notre Dame (5), Duke (10), Virginia (15), Army (4)

Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20 - Week 8

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Penn State 1
2 Syracuse 5
3 Hofstra 3
4 Army 4
5 Notre Dame 2
6 Maryland 6
7 Denver 8
8 Albany 10
9 Ohio State 7
10 Duke 11
11 Yale 13
12 Princeton 14
13 Towson 15
14 Johns Hopkins 16
15 Virginia 17
16 Rutgers 9
17 Richmond 12
18 Villanova N/R
19 Loyola N/R
20 Michigan 18

Also Considered: Air Force, Binghamton, Boston University, Marquette, North Carolina, Providence

USILA/Nike Division I Coaches Poll

Ranked Teams by Conference: Big Ten (5/6), ACC (5/5), Patriot (3/9), Colonial (2/6), Big East (2/6), Ivy (1/7), America East (1/7), SoCon (1/8), Metro Atlantic (0/7), Northeast (0/7), Independent (0/2)

Biggest Movers:

Rutgers -5

Maryland +3

Exiting the Poll:

Boston University

Entering the Poll:

Loyola

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (7), Johns Hopkins (11), Notre Dame (3), Duke (10), UNC (20), Virginia (14), Army (8)

USILA Coaches Poll - Week 8

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Penn State (14) 2
2 Syracuse (2) 3
3 Notre Dame 1
4 Hofstra 6
5 Denver 4
6 Maryland 9
7 Albany 8
8 Army 10
9 Ohio State 5
10 Duke 11
11 Johns Hopkins 13
12 Rutgers 7
13 Princeton 15
14 Virginia T16
15 Towson 14
16 Richmond 12
17 Yale 19
18 Villanova 20
19 Loyola N/R
20 North Carolina T16

Also Considered: Michigan, Boston University, Binghamton, Providence, Marquette, Delaware, Air Force