This Week in College Lacrosse

March 03, 2009 |

Inside Lacrosse released their media poll today of the top 20 teams in NCAA Division 1 lacrosse. Three Maryland teams are in the top ten, including Maryland, who jumped up a spot in the polls following their victory against Duke in the Face-Off Classic.

To nobody’s surprise, Virginia and Syracuse are #1 and #2, respectively. The Ivy League is also getting a lot of love from the lacrosse media, with Cornell, Princeton, Harvard, and Brown all making the top 20 cut.

Here’s the top 25:

1 Virginia 5-0 260 (13 first-place votes)
2 Syracuse 2-1 243
3 North Carolina 5-0 236
4 Cornell 2-0 215
5 Princeton 2-0 200
6 Maryland 3-1 189
7 Notre Dame 3-0 175
8 UMBC 3-0 164
9 Johns Hopkins 1-1 152
10 Hofstra 2-0 136
11 Georgetown 1-1 134
12 Harvard 2-0 122
13 Duke 2-2 120
14 Navy 2-2 76
15 Brown 1-1 66
16 Loyola 2-1 63
17 Ohio State 3-1 51
18 Denver 3-1 50
19 Massachusetts 1-1 27
20 Bucknell 1-2 18

This week in college lacrosse:

Johns Hopkins vs. UMBC – The biggest local game of the week has to be the Johns Hopkins/UMBC match-up. Coming off of a disappointing loss to Princeton, Hopkins has to find a way to defend UMBC’s high-octane offense, which scores almost 15 goals per game. Blue Jay goalie Mike Gvozden will look to bounce back after being pulled in the 4th quarter by Coach Pietramala in the Face-Off Classic. UMBC is powered by their midfield, where Peet Poillon, Alex Hopmann, and Kyle Wimer are the top 3 (respectively) point-getters for the Retrievers. The Blue Jay long poles will have to play much better in front of Gvozden in order for Hopkins to win this game. I think UMBC wins 11-8.

Towson vs. Maryland – The Terps are firing on all cylinders right now. Led by an impressive play-making effort by Jeff Reynolds and solid goal-keeping by Brian Phipps, Maryland beat Duke 11-8 in the Face-Off Classic. Towson is coming off of a 9-4 loss to Denver University, and have had trouble scoring goals at times this season. Maryland just has too much fire power, and they should dominate at all three levels (close defense, midfield, and attack) on Saturday. I’m taking the Terps, 13-6.

Loyola @ Siena (tonight) and @ Duke (Saturday) – Loyola should handle Sienna, and will keep it close against the Blue Devils. If the Greyhounds want to beat Duke, they will need to get more scoring out of their midfield. So far, the Greyhound offense has been primarily attack-driven, with Collin Finnerty, Cooper MacDonnell, and Shane Koppens leading the way. With Loyola’s close defense unit being very solid, the Greyhounds need their midfield to step up on both sides of the ball. Loyola 12, Sienna 7. Loyola 10, Duke 11.

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