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Syracuse Lacrosse: Barely above .500, Syracuse moves into the top ten

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Syracuse pulls within the top ten of each major poll, even as the Orange flirt with a .500 record.

2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships - Semifinals - Syracuse v Denver Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

Do the North Carolina Tar Heels belong in the top 20? No. Yet, there’s not a lot of consistent quality out there right now so here we are. There are two teams in two of the polls that were not ranked last week and made their first appearance inside that poll’s top 15, that is how bad this field has been week in and week out. Remember, the Syracuse Orange got s-m-o-k-e-d three times this year (yes, Rutgers was a smoking), and is in everyone’s top ten. Sure, beating Duke goes a long way, but this team has lost three games by a combined score of 20-47.

Outside of the top five or so, these polls mean nothing. North Carolina could beat Duke this week and move to 12th overall, and that would be reasonable somehow. Either way, if Albany and Maryland are not facing off in the finals this year then someone got hurt.

Maverik Media Poll

Rank Team Previous Rank
Rank Team Previous Rank
1 Albany (31) 1
2 Maryland 2
3 Duke 5
4 Yale 6
5 Duke 3
6 Johns Hopkins 9
7 Notre Dame 4
8 Villanova 8
9 Rutgers 11
10 Syracuse 15
11 Loyola 6
12 Virginia 10
13 Cornell NR
14 Robert Morris 14
15 Michigan NR
16 Vermont 16
17 Lehigh 12
18 Bucknell NR
19 Harvard NR
20 Army 14

Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20

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

USILA Coaches Poll

Rank Team Previous
Rank Team Previous
1 Albany (22) 1
2 Maryland 2
3 Denver 5
4 Yale 8
5 Duke 3
6 Notre Dame 4
7 Johns Hopkins 9
8 Villanova 7
9 Syracuse 13
10 Rutgers 11
11 Loyola 6
12 Virginia 10
13 Robert Morris 20
14 Cornell NR
15 Army 12
16 Bucknell NR
17 Michigan NR
18 Vermont 17
19 Lehigh 14
20 Hofstra 15