Lacrosse Magazine Rankings: Calm Before the Storm
Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse, will publish weekly NCAA Division I men's rankings every Monday through championship weekend in May on LaxMagazine.com. Check back each week to see who is rising, falling and new to the list. The rankings are compiled by LM staff.
There was a tiny amount of movement in this week's rankings compared to last week, as most of the Top 20 handled business to maintain position. But conference tournaments are not far away, starting with the ACC and Patriot League games this weekend. Upcoming May Madness is sure to shake up the scene.
Also Considered (alphabetical order): Air Force, Army, Ohio St., Penn St., St. Joseph's
Harvard (+1): Only a couple teams gained ground in the rankings this week, and one was the Crimson with its 8-7 win over Princeton. Harvard remains in first place in the Ivy League standings at 4-1 with a head-to-head win over Cornell, which is also 4-1. For the past couple seasons, Harvard has been pegged as a team to watch and it appears there is no more appropriate time than now.
Drexel (+1): "We're doing our best to peak at
the right time," Dragons coach Brian Voelker said after Drexel beat
Towson 13-7 on Saturday night. His group locked up the second
seed for the CAA tournament and has won five straight
Princeton (-3): Princeton lost any chance of winning the Ivy League title when it lost to Harvard on Saturday. The Tigers are ineligible for the conference postseason tournament. The loss also hurt Princeton's NCAA tournament at-large chances as every other Ivy League foe ranked ahead of them could be compared more favorably by the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Albany (20): Albany returns to the Top 20 after
downing UMBC 18-14 on Saturday. The Great Danes have an intriguing
game with Binghamton this week to decide the top seed for the
America East tournament. Both teams are 4-0 in league.
Air Force (previously 20): The Falcons made it
a one-week stay in the Top 20, falling to Ohio State 8-6 in
Columbus. Suddenly, the Buckeyes are 6-6 and right back in the ECAC
and national conversation, sitting just outside LM's main