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Syracuse Lacrosse: Hanging around in the top 20

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The Syracuse Orange remain in both major polls this week, but just barely after a second straight loss.

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The North Carolina Tar Heels have now lost three straight to Denver, Hofstra, and Richmond. In its favor are wins over Lehigh and Johns Hopkins. We can argue about whether the Heels belong in or out but I think number 20 is fine. The Virginia Cavaliers are 6-2 with a one goal loss to Syracuse and a two goal loss to Notre Dame last weekend. In between those two games the Hoos have a three goal win over Manhattan and a one goal win over Stony Brook. In my mind they are not a top ten team. The Syracuse Orange hang on to a top 20 ranking in both major polls. They are the only team in either poll to have a .500 record or worse. In my mind the ‘Cuse is right on the edge of being left out of the top 20.

Maverik Men’s Division I Media Poll

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

Biggest Movers:

Georgetown -7

Rutgers +7

Exiting the Poll:

Ohio State

Towson

Entering the Poll:

Hofstra

Penn

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (1), Johns Hopkins (9), Duke (3), Notre Dame (4), UNC (20), Army (15), Rutgers (18), Virginia (10)

Maverik Media Poll

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Albany (30) 1
2 Maryland 2
3 Duke 3
4 Notre Dame 4
5 Denver 5
6 Yale 7
7 Loyola 8
8 Villanova 6
9 Johns Hopkins 10
10 Virginia 9
11 Rutgers 18
12 Lehigh 16
13 Army 15
14 Robert Morris 17
15 Syracuse 13
16 Penn NR
17 Vermont 12
18 Georgetown 11
19 Hofstra NR
20 North Carolina 14

Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Top 20

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

Biggest Movers:

North Carolina -8

Rutgers +7

Exiting the Poll:

Princeton

Vermont

Ohio State

Entering the Poll:

Penn

Harvard

Bucknell

Syracuse Opponents in the Poll:

Albany (1), Johns Hopkins (8), Notre Dame (4), Duke (2), UNC (19), Army (15), Rutgers (11), Virginia (10)

Nike/USLacrosse Top 20

Rank Team Previous Ranking
Rank Team Previous Ranking
1 Albany 1
2 Duke 2
3 Maryland 3
4 Notre Dame 4
5 Denver 5
6 Yale 7
7 Loyola 9
8 Johns Hopkins 12
9 Villanova 6
10 Virginia 8
11 Rutgers 18
12 Penn NR
13 Hofstra 16
14 Lehigh 14
15 Army 14
16 Georgetown 10
17 Syracuse 13
18 Harvard NR
19 North Carolina 11
20 Bucknell NR