Eds. Note: Yes, that headline is lame.
InsideLacrosse.com Media Poll
Once again, the Media Poll failed to have every media member vote as the total number of first place votes is fewer than 24. For all the other notable changes in the poll, check out the press release:
Baltimore, MD - Virginia retained the top spot in this week's Inside Lacrosse media poll after taking home the ACC tournament title with an 11-5 victory over Maryland. The Cavaliers received all 22 first-place votes.1. Virginia (22)
Hofstra, riding a 14-game win streak, remained in second place, while Cornell moved up two spots to take the third position. Maryland and Georgetown each fell one spot to No. 4 and 5, respectively.
Navy, fresh off a Patriot League championship, occupies the sixth spot, followed by Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Princeton, and Penn.
Stony Brook was the only team to fall out of the rankings this week after coming in at No. 19 a week ago. The Seawolves suffered back-to-back losses to Hofstra and UMBC. As a result, Delaware re-entered the rankings after receiving votes last week.
7. [Hate] Johns Hopkins
15. Notre Dame
USILA/STX Coaches Poll
Release of the Coaches Poll is pending.
Pointless NCAA Speculation
Over the course of seven days, little took place on the field of play to change my projections for the field of sixteen. The one modification I made was substituting Providence for St. Joseph's. The reason for the change is that St. Joe's was deemed ineligible to compete in the MAAC tournament due to some eligiblity issues currently surrounding the program.
As usual, I have utilized the multi-step selection criteria devised by the NCAA selection committee to create what appears below.
America East Conference: University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Colonial Athletic Conference: Hofstra
Great Western Lacrosse League: Denver
Ivy Group: Cornell
Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference: Providence
Patriot League: Navy
America East Conference: None
Atlantic Coast Conference: Maryland; Virginia
Colonial Athletic Conference: Towson
Eastern Colleges Athletic Conference: Georgetown; Massachusetts
Great Western Lacrosse League: None
Independents: Johns Hopkins; Syracuse
Ivy Group: Harvard, Pennsylvania; Princeton
Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference: Get Fucking Real, Douchebag
Patriot League: None
1. Johns Hopkins
Unless something incredible happens over the next couple of days, it appears as if nine out of the ten at-large positions have been filled. That leaves one lone position up for grabs. There are approximately eight legitimate suitors for that final playoff spot with Harvard currently the frontrunner for the position.
Army did much for its resume this past week by defeating Colgate on the Red Raiders' home turf in order to advance to the Patriot League championship game. A victory against Ohio State this week would certainly enhance Army's chances.
On the flip-side of Army's fortunes is Stony Brook. In just a span of five days, the Seahawks went from tournament curiosity to borderline bubble team. An 18-8 loss to Hofstra followed by a 20-9 loss to UMBC will do that.
The table below is organized with the most deserving team placed highest on the chart with the least deserving of the bubble teams placed the lowest.
|"Bubble Watch" - 5.01.06|
|Harvard||6-5||14.||6||Stony Brook, Penn, Denver|
|Army||8-6||12||24||Stony Brook, Colgate (2x)|
|Stony Brook||8-6||13||13||State Penn, Denver|
|Loyola||6-5||26||12||State Penn, Georgetown|
|Notre Dame||9-4||15||25||State Penn|