Loyola new number one in both weekly lacrosse polls

March 24, 2014 | WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Rises To No. 1 In Polls

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse reached the top spot in both the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media poll and the USILA coaches’ rankings on Monday for the first time in 2014, marking the third-straight season the Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 for at least one polling session.

The Greyhounds have won eight-straight games and are 8-1 overall, 4-0 in the Patriot League, heading into a Saturday, March 29, game at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Loyola was last ranked first in the opening polls of the 2013 season, and the Greyhounds also ascended to the top spot on April 16, 2012, where the spent the next three weeks before entering the NCAA Championships ranked second.

It also marks the first time that a Patriot League men’s lacrosse team has been ranked No. 1 in either poll, and it the Greyhounds are the first team in any sport from the conference to be ranked No. 1 since College of the Holy Cross was tops in then Division I-AA during the 1987 football season.

Maryland fell to fourth in both polls after losing at North Carolina Saturday-their first loss of the year. Johns Hopkins dropped to 9th in the coaches’ poll, 10th in the media poll after falling in overtime Saturday at Virginia, their second straight loss. Towson is receiving votes in both polls.