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Syracuse Lacrosse: The Orange fall out of first

The Syracuse Orange took a small drop in each poll, landing in the third position after an ACC Tournament loss to North Carolina.

NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Well it took long enough, but after a six point loss to Penn the Virginia Cavaliers are not ranked in any of the polls. The Syracuse Orange fell to third in each poll following its loss in the ACC Semifinals to the North Carolina Tar Heels. After the win over Syracuse, the Heels went on to beat Notre Dame in the ACC Championship game and move up significantly in every poll. Notre Dame beat Duke in the semis and sits fourth in every ranking while the Blue Devils move down several spots.

Just like in the preseason, the polls really don’t matter much right now; it’s all about the RPI and quality wins. Personally, I would put Maryland first over Denver and I think UNC is certainly better than Towson and Hofstra. Therefore, once again, I mostly disagree with the Nike/US Lacrosse poll, but there’s not too much to gripe about this week.

Maverik Men’s Division I Media Poll

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

Biggest Movers:

UNC +11

Princeton, Army, Yale -6

Exiting the Poll:

N/A

Entering the Poll:

N/A

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (5), Johns Hopkins (10), Duke (6), Notre Dame (4), UNC (9), Army (18)

Maverik Media Poll - Week 12

Rank Maverik Media Poll Previous Rank
Rank Maverik Media Poll Previous Rank
1 Maryland Terrapins (14) 5
2 Denver Pioneers (14) 2
3 Syracuse Orange (2) 1
4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 7
5 Albany Great Danes 6
6 Duke Blue Devils 3
7 Ohio State Buckeyes 4
8 Penn State Nittany Lions 9
9 North Carolina Tar Heels 20
10 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays 8
11 Loyola Greyhounds 16
12 Rutgers Scarlet Knights T13
13 Towson Tigers 19
14 Hofstra Pride 10
15 Villanova Wildcats 15
16 Richmond Spiders 17
17 Yale Bulldogs 11
18 Army Black Knights 12
19 Princeton Tigers T13
20 Boston University Terriers 18

Also Receiving Votes: Monmouth Hawks, Air Force Falcons, Binghamton Bearcats, Brown Bears, Virginia Cavaliers, UMBC Retrievers, Providence Friars

Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Top 20

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

Biggest Movers:

Yale -5

UNC +6

Exiting the Poll:

Virginia

Entering the Poll:

Brown

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (6), Johns Hopkins (10), Notre Dame (4), Duke (5), Army (19), North Carolina (13)

Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20 - Week 12

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

Also Considered: Air Force, Binghamton, Boston University, Monmouth, Penn, Virginia

USILA/Nike Division I Coaches Poll

Ranked Teams by Conference: Big Ten (5/6), ACC (4/5), Patriot (4/9), 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:

Princeton -6

UNC +8

Exiting the Poll:

N/A

Entering the Poll:

N/A

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (6), Johns Hopkins (9), Notre Dame (4), Duke (6), UNC (10), Army (17)

USILA Coaches Poll - Week 12

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Maryland (10) 5
2 Denver (4) 2
3 Syracuse (3) 1
4 Notre Dame (1) 6
5 Ohio State 3
T6 Duke 4
T6 Albany 7
8 Penn State 10
9 Johns Hopkins 8
10 North Carolina 18
11 Rutgers 12
12 Towson 16
13 Loyola 17
14 Hofstra 9
15 Villanova 15
16 Yale 11
17 Army 14
18 Richmond 20
19 Princeton 13
20 Boston University 19

Also Considered: Air Force Falcons, Brown Bears, Binghamton Bearcats, Monmouth Hawks, Penn Quakers