NCAA Division I Men's Composite Rankings
|Duke and Syracuse are duking it out for the top spot across the polls. (Kevin P. Tucker)|
Welcome to Lacrosse Magazine's first look at the "composite rankings" for the top 20 teams in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse.
Each week, we will publish an aggregate of the five major polls from Lacrosse Magazine, the Inside Lacrosse media poll, the USILA coaches poll, Quint Kessenich's Top 20 and the LaxPower computer rankings. (Note: LaxPower rankings will be incorporated later this season, when its algorithm will provide a more accurate reading.)
NCAA Division I Men's Composite Rankings: Feb. 17
Not shockingly, we see a split decision for the No. 1 spot between defending champion Duke and runner-up Syracuse. Quint and the coaches like the Orange, who just survived a barnburner against Albany at the Carrier Dome, while Lacrosse Magazine and the media are sticking with the Blue Devils, who held serve at home against a good Denver team this weekend.
Beyond that, things are relatively consistent at this point, with a few teams held in different regard by one voting body or another. (Princeton, which hasn't played, comes to mind, as does Ivy League rival Cornell.) But that comes with the early nature of the season and the fact that many teams don't have enough games under their belt to really give a good feel for where they fit.
Follow the developments of the composite rankings weekly at LaxMagazine.com as the season progresses.
Note on methodology: Several teams were ranked in the top 20 by one source, but not by others. Since teams beyond 20 are not ranked, we assigned teams a score of 21 in any poll where they did not make the top 20 to arrive at a fair composite.