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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2011

LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #4
March 7, 2011


RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Maryland (5-0)W Virginia 18-6380191
2Northwestern (5-0)W Navy 18-8, W Georgetown 24-153612
3Duke (4-1)W Princeton 19-123204
4Penn (2-0)W UNC 10-73176
5Stanford (6-0)W Ohio St. 17-5, W Canisius 15-72915
6North Carolina (3-2)L Penn 7-102833
7Loyola (2-0)W Towson 12-22817
8Virginia (3-2)L Maryland 6-18, W Penn State 10-52189
9Florida (4-1)W Lehigh 15-1020111
10James Madison (3-0)W Virginia Tech 11-9, W Fairfield 13-1019310
11Georgetown (0-1)L Northwestern 15-241748
12Vanderbilt (4-2)W Cincinnati 17-3, W Jacksonville 12-916313
13Dartmouth (3-0)W Vermont 10-6, W Yale 9-816014
14Syracuse (1-2)12712
15Notre Dame (2-2)11615
16Boston College (5-0)W Yale 18-4, W Holy Cross 12-710016
17Princeton (2-1)W Rutgers 9-8, L Duke 12-198218
18Albany (3-0)W Hofstra 13-85720
19Navy (6-1)L Northwestern 8-18, W Robert Morris 16-53219
20Massachusetts (5-0)W New Hampshire 11-431NR
Others receiving votes: William & Mary (29), Louisville (22), Johns Hopkins (14), Rutgers (7), Harvard (7), Towson (7), Richmond (5), Hofstra (4), Drexel (4), Duquesne (2), Yale (1), Penn State (1)

Number of voters: 19 (D-Lax, DallasLaxDad, draw18, fanofall, johnnyboy, LadyLaker, LAF1, Laxword, Lionwatcher, Lucky Laxer, MDLaxManiac, mytwokeepers, Rafterjack, Seinfeld, slides2, socrlaxdad, Turtles Lax, ums, UnderArmourOdor)

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Maryland: Domination of Virginia shows why the Terps are firmly on top. (DallasLaxDad) — When you have two of the best players in the nation on one team, prospects abound. Katie Schwarzmann and Karri Ellen Johnson might be the best tandem in the nation, and a playmaker like Sarah Mollison sets up her teammates with great skill. (draw18) — ... and the beat(downs) goes on. Seems to me there's a #1 and everyone else! (fanofall) — #1. Terps continue to impress. (johnnyboy) — Still #1 ... welcome to Turtle Time 2K11. (LadyLaker) — Terps seem to be hitting on all cylinders. Don't know who will challenge them during the season. Solid top pick. (Lionwatcher) — #1. Can anyone spell D-I-N-A-S-T-Y? (Lucky Laxer) — #1. Now 5-0, the UM Terps easily took care of ACC foe the UVa Cavaliers, 18-6. VA State Police post officers every mile or two on major roadways to catch the Maryland fans speeding home. (MDLaxManiac) — #1. Who else? (mytwokeepers) — My #1. No change-don't fix it if'n it ain't broke. Terps undefeated. (Rafterjack) — #1. On cruise control with Hoos not even a speed bump. (slides2) — #1 Terps are already running away with the ACC title in March. (socrlaxdad) — #1. Whilst out and about this weekend, TL heard from many fans who believe the Terps' DEFENSE is superior to the Terps' offense. This makes the D and coaches happy ... Puddy, Shorty, Smolls, and the rest of the now maligned offense not so happy ;-). (Turtles Lax) — The Turtles snap the Hoos to pieces in a dominating second half ... have the Patriots up next, then the Orange come calling! (UnderArmourOdor)

Northwestern: Ten point win over Navy and nine point win over Georgetown probably tells us more about the relative strength of the Mids and Hoyas than it does about NU. The Wildcats were no. 2 going into the week and will remain there. (DallasLaxDad) — Shannon Smith is making an early case for attacking honors, and the quick returns on rookies like Kara Mupo and Alyssa Leonard are keeping the Wildcats in the hunt. With a veteran like LoManto in the ecage, NU is just humming along. (draw18) — The ungracious guest ruins the Hoyas coming out party. Road weary Cal's got a real challenge. (fanofall) — #2. Wildcats solidly in my second position now. (johnnyboy) — Remains my #2. (LadyLaker) — Scored a lot, and I mean a lot, of goals this week. Smith is a beast. Draw controls aplenty. Probably working on the defensive end this week. (Lionwatcher) — #2. DeathStar 463 - Arnold Militia 0. The Jesuits, unveiling their Kryptonite Rosaries, were treated in the same way. Darth Hater, showing remarkable depth with her comments upon leaving the East Coast: Veni, Vidi, Vaporizedi. A quick refueling stop in Evilston before their assault on the Left Coast. (Lucky Laxer) — #2. Now 5-0, the NU Wildcats sink Navy, 18-8, and beat the Gtown Hoyas, 24-15, in a game in which 39 goals are scored. What should concern NU is that they had 15 goals scored against them. (MDLaxManiac) — #2. Focused. (mytwokeepers) — My #2. Ditto as to Maryland. (Rafterjack) — #2. Spank Navy and Georgetown. Cats are solid pretenders to the throne. (slides2) — 'Cats complete their five-game "road-stand" by sweeping through Navy and G'town. (socrlaxdad) — #2. How can you give up 15 and win by 9? Wow. How can you score 24? 24 goals!!!! Wow, again. (Turtles Lax) — The Evil Empire preempts the alien invasion movie Battle: Los Angeles with its own Battle: DMV averaging 9.5 goal wins over our nationís military (Navy) and government (Georgetown). (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: Duke is starting to look like the second-best ACC team. No. 4 overall. (DallasLaxDad) — The Duke attack is balanced again, and empowered by the return of Emma Hamm. With multiple players able to put the ball in the cage, Duke will be tough to outscore. As the Duke defense gels, that will make them even stronger. (draw18) — With their only loss vs. the Terps and putting up big numbers vs. Princeton, I like Duke at #3. Must win vs. Vandy and G-town to stay. (fanofall) — #4. Now my second ranked ACC team, passing UNC. (johnnyboy) — Took care of the NJ Tigers. Seem to be a top team. More to learn from the Devils this week as they take on the Dores and the Hoyas. (Lionwatcher) — #4. Duke rebounds from their Terpdown with a solid win over Princeton. Facing Vandy and Georgetown this week should show if they're fully recovered. Right now, they're #2 in the ACC. (Lucky Laxer) — #4. Now 4-1, the Duke Blue Devils took care of the Princeton Tigers, 19-12. (MDLaxManiac) — #5. Talented. (mytwokeepers) — My #3. Up one. (Rafterjack) — #4. Easy win over Princeton. (slides2) — Dookies hand Princeton their first loss. (socrlaxdad) — #6. Nice bounce-back vs. Princeton. (Turtles Lax) — After the Heels let down the side against the Ivies, the Devils restore some ACC pride ďWinningĒ over ďTiger bloodĒ. (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: Move Penn up to #3 after decisive win over UNC. (D-Lax) — Outstanding win over North Carolina moves the Quakers up to no. 3. (DallasLaxDad) — As usual, the Quakers are getting it done with ball control and patience on the attack. When the opposition does get the ball, if Emily Leitner can control the cage like she has been all season, the Red and Blue are back in business. (draw18) — Pre-season, I had the Quakers teetering on the edge of top tendome. Stopping the few weapons the Heels have is making me believe; more scoring and help from others will keep them at #5. (fanofall) — #10. Quakers' win over UNC gives me new-found confidence in them. Penn rises in my rankings. (johnnyboy) — Penn gets going. (LadyLaker) — Quakers surprised me with their showing against the Tar Heels. Did not really know what we would get this year. The get to work on fine tuning for a couple of weeks with the next real challenge on the schedule being the Terps. (Lionwatcher) — #3. Taking down the Tar Heels and slaying the Dragons gets Penn the #3 spot. The tough Penn D had Donohoe face level on the Astroturf so much Monsanto offered her a job. Do they deserve the 3 spot with only two games played? Dunno, but who else is there? Larry sends his love. (Lucky Laxer) — #7. Now 2-0, the Penn Quakers had a great week with a 10-7 win over the UNC Tar Heels. (MDLaxManiac) — #3. Great team win. (mytwokeepers) — My #4. Up two for pesky Quakers. Shocked me(" ... I am shocked!"), maybe a few of us, as seemingly downed Carolina in Philly with ease. Coach Brower/Corbett seems to have magic juju zombie or zuvembie power I had thought only held heretofore by D. women's ice hockey team. I am impressed. Remember, this program is financially endowed! (Rafterjack) — #3. Knock off UNC and inherit third position. Get big game from underclassmen. (slides2) — Very strong 2-0 start including beating UNC. (socrlaxdad) — #4. Penn put beat down on Carolina. Who suspected? (Turtles Lax) — This week's 3-goal win looks a lot better than last week's. Six more wins for the rest of the month (teams are a combined 10-10) before an April Fools meeting with the Terps. (UnderArmourOdor)

Stanford: Domination of Ohio State and Canisius moves Stanford up another spot on my ballot, to no. 5. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cardinal have a solid keeper in Annie Read, and the confidence the Stanford backfield has in her allow them to set the pace there. Karen Nesbitt and Catherine Swanson are anchors in the defense, and by getting the ball to the attack, the multi-pronged homes can wreak havoc on defenses. (draw18) — It's not so much the win over OSU, but the 12-goal margin. 5-0 moves them up to my #4. (fanofall) — #8. Stanford is this season's pleasant surprise and should stay in the top 10 now that their early season challenges are behind them. (johnnyboy) — Hear that? It's Stanford being the real deal out there in the MPSF. (LadyLaker) — After a softball, taking some time off. Could conceivably win out until the 4/24 trip to the Windy City. (Lionwatcher) — #6. The Red takes on The Griff! "Canisius. Canisius. Say it soft and its almost like praying." They're the top of a weak MPSF and the toast of the Left Coast, but, looking ahead, will they only be fodder for a tournament top seed? I'm not sure how long their SOS will keep them in the Top 10. (Lucky Laxer) — #3. Now 6-0, the Stanford Cardinal took care of Ohio State, 17-5, and Canisius, 15-7. (MDLaxManiac) — #7. The Cardinal is a legit top 10 team. (mytwokeepers) — My #6. I nudged you up a tad (three), Stanford. Not sure if I did so because you have generated such-soooo much GREAT fun for all with your Tree mascot business or because you are playing such good lacrosse at 6-0. (Rafterjack) — #5. Demolish Ohio State and move up. (slides2) — The Cardinal have put up lots of goals in their 6-win start. (socrlaxdad) — #5. 5-0 albeit with a confusing one-goal win vs. Harvard. 12-goal domination of OSU, which begs the question: Is Canisius better than Ohio State? (Turtles Lax) — Indianscardtrees get a two-fer weekend closing the Buckeyes and the next day caging the flying lions (Griffons, donít you know I looked it up!). (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: UNC couldn't hang with the Quakers, #6. (D-Lax) — Problems scoring may spell trouble for the Tar Heels, and the loss to Penn drops them to no. 7. (DallasLaxDad) — The Heels have a stacked roster, and with Corey Donohoe having another solid year, things look good for a return to the final weekend. Kara Cannizarro should get more credit for doing a ton of work that is helping UNC remain in the elite. (draw18) — Penn exposes the weakness of UNC's game. They'll need to be fresh from their trip to Denver to beat the Hoos and maintain a #6 ranking. (fanofall) — #6. Heels need to find some offense. (johnnyboy) — Out of my top 10. Still. (LadyLaker) — I was a little suspect about the Tar Heels. Nice showing against the Cats, not so much against the Commodores. Upcoming tilt against the Cavaliers will be a real barometer of both. (Lionwatcher) — #7. The Heels are bruised by Penn. Watching the video showed weakness and confusion on both ends. A trip to Denver is just what the Doctor ordered before their Annual Tethys Trophy Game at the Flooded Fetzer Field Saturday versus MyHoos. (UAO, don't guess, just Google!) (Lucky Laxer) — #5. Now 3-2, the UNC Tar Heels fall in my rankings this week after a 10-7 loss to UPenn. (MDLaxManiac) — #6. Still outstanding, will only get better as the season rolls on. (mytwokeepers) — My #5. Down two with loss at UPenn. Teetering? "Hey, don't get too close to that edge!" Carolina blue ... also in B Triangle- solidly so. (Rafterjack) — #6. Probably a temporary fall from grace. I still think this team has the makings of a Final Four contender. (slides2) — Loss at Penn drops 'Heels from my top 5. (socrlaxdad) — #7. What is going on? Franklin Street shut down. Boys' basketballers salvage the day by whuppin' Dook. Franklin Street reopens ... in the nick of time. (Turtles Lax) — No love with that cheese steak in Philly, as Heels find Franky cranky field a ugly place to play! (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: Don't know whether the domination of Towson tells more about Loyola or the Tigers. No. 8. (DallasLaxDad) — Kerry Stoothoff is a great starting point for the Greyhound attack. By being a shutdown defender in the cage, the junior sets the tone for the team, which responds at the other end thanks to Grace Gavin, Marlee Paton, and Caroline Hager. (draw18) — The 2-0 Hounds continue to win by big numbers, not much stiff competition in their future, but lots of goals will keep them at #7. (fanofall) — #3. No contest over Towson - Hounds are tenacious on their defending. (johnnyboy) — Hounds are taking care of business. (LadyLaker) — Two games. Two wins. JMU and then the Big East, but I would not have had them at the top of the Big East, but that is where they are on my poll now. (Lionwatcher) — #8. The Hounds dismantle Towson to claim the top spot in the Champ of Charles Street Quest. I've got to get to see this team. Their all-star coaching staff has taken a team of former Hoi Polloi and molded them into a working unit with players like Gavin and Stoothoff emerging on the national scene. (Lucky Laxer) — #8. Now 2-0, the Loyola Hounds had a great week, smoking cross-town rival the Towson Tigers, who are now 0-2. (MDLaxManiac) — #4. The upstarts are for real! (mytwokeepers) — My #7. Rafter smelling the roses now. Sees the light as to 'hounds. Up from #17 for previously snooooozing Rafter. Seems easy win over Tigers. Don't push me! (Rafterjack) — #7. Poised to move up after thrashing Towson. (slides2) — 12-2 thrashing of Towson shows that the UVa win was no fluke. 'Hounds host two one-win teams (PSU and Cornell) this week ... can you say "four-n-oh"? (socrlaxdad) — #3. TL meant to put 'Hounds at #4 in earlier polls, not Towson Tigers. Two head coaches who don't speak English confuse TL. Requesting a mulligan. (Turtles Lax) — Hounds best 2-0 team in the land, as they rug Towson and more big cats inbound, as Penn State tries to dry out after Hoo two-field rain date. (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: Win over the Nittany Lions rescued the week for the Hoos after they were dominated by the Terps. No. 10. (DallasLaxDad) — With Julie Gardner, Charlie Finnegan, Ainsley Baker and Josie Owen all healthy, this attack can score. The key is keeping them healthy and letting the defense have some time to get organized. (draw18) — The folks from Happy Valley return the smiles to all the Hoos down in Hooville. Great opportunity vs. UNC to move up from my #8. 1<3. (fanofall) — #14. It was a good week, as Virginia wins one for Yeardley and retires her #1. Nothing else matters. (johnnyboy) — Showing no "LOVE" for Shea U. It was a good week in Hoo Ville. (LadyLaker) — Not sure what the Penn State game says about the Cavaliers or the Lions. This week's travel to Tobacco Road will tell a tale of two cities. (Lionwatcher) — #9. An emotional Klockner Stadium honored Yeardley Love while the Hoos dismantled Penn State. Despite the emotions, water and field change, I saw a solid team effort led by their four attackers. The young midfield did well and Kolarik had her best game of the year. The flooded field experience will serve them well for their trip to UNC. This will be a HUGE game for both teams. Finnegan showed UNBELIEVABLE poise and skill. Keep your eyes on her! (Lucky Laxer) — #6. Now 3-2, UVa Cavs had a 50/50 week starting with big loss to ACC foe the UM Terps then a good 10-5 win over the unranked Penn State Nittany Lions. The unhappiness continues for PS in what was happy valley. (MDLaxManiac) — #14. (mytwokeepers) — My #8. Down one. Merely because they are in the B Triangle (and don't mess too much with such it says here ... ). (Rafterjack) — #11. Totally outclassed by Terps. Regain some momentum against Penn State and honor the memory of Number 1. (slides2) — Can't really ding the 'Hoos for losing to #1 Maryland - even at home and even by 12 goals. Nice rebound against Penn State. (socrlaxdad) — #11. Okaaaaay, are Cavs a factor? Do not know where to slot the 'Hoos ... truly. Let's wait a bit for things to settle. (Turtles Lax) — Hoos take a Friday Night Fright from Terps but are ready for the Gators, as they play the Nittany Lions in a swamp and still paddle upstream on a wet but LOVEly day! (UnderArmourOdor)

Florida: Another win for the Gators, another spot up on my ballot, to no. 9. (DallasLaxDad) — Kitty Cullen is having a breakout season and the Gators are by no means having a sophomore slump. Donít overlook the work that Janine Hillier is doing around the circle and the cleanup work Kayla Stolins is doing all over. (draw18) — Margin of victory slips, goals against increase, but the Gators move to 4-1, and that's good enough for my #10. Wednesdays match-up with the Hoyas will speak volumes. (fanofall) — #9. Tip for Gators vs. Hoyas this week - just shoot, baby. (johnnyboy) — Continuing to win. Trip to our nation's capital this week will say something about both the Gators and the Hoyas. (Lionwatcher) — #5. The love of my 2011 season keeps my #5 spot with a win over Lehigh. Nope, they still don't deserve to be ranked this high, but I'm giving FanofAll one more week to get me a Florida T-shirt ... Maybe the RevRay could take up a collection? (Lucky Laxer) — #10. Now 4-1, the UF Gators chewed-up the Lehigh Mountainhawks, 15-10. (MDLaxManiac) — #8. When talent begins to jell ... watch out. (mytwokeepers) — #9. Struggle a bit with Lehigh before pulling away. Upcoming tilt with Hoyas first legit challenge since opener at UNC. (slides2) — Gators host the Hoyas in a classic "now vs. then" match-up. (socrlaxdad) — #12. Lehigh by 5 ... but expected larger margin. Can Gainesville State make a Top 10 appearance in just their second season? This week might answer the question. Cash would also answer the "question." (Turtles Lax) — Gators now 3-0 in their 9-game swamp stand with win over Lehigh with a mad Hoya team inbound. (UnderArmourOdor)

James Madison: Wins over Va Tech and Fairfield - both of which may flirt with inclusion in the poll before season's end - bump the Dukes up to no. 6. (DallasLaxDad) — The excitement this team generates for itself is a JMU characteristic, and there is no doubt the team is bonding. Casey Ancarrow is the real deal, and she has a great supporting cast. But the Dukes need more depth, and they canít let the amazing energy they have be a deterrent. (draw18) — I really don't think their SOS or scores supports it, but the Dukes get my #9 until some others step up. (fanofall) — #7. Undefeated but yet to impress. (johnnyboy) — Winning, but questions still abound. Probably will not be answered this week, but with a four game stretch of Princeton, Loyola, UVa and the Terps coming up, all should be made clear. (Lionwatcher) — #10. The Dukes debut in my 10 with their win over Fairfield. Their offense is leading the way, Ancarrow leading them, but the D and G need to step up to keep them in the 10. (Lucky Laxer) — #12. Now 3-0, the JMU Dukes (a dog with a crown) may have beaten the VT Hokies, 11-9, and the Fairfield Stags, 13-10, but the barking dogs on and off the sidelines of Harrisonburg fall in my rankings. Are VT and FU that good to play a Top 10 team to within 2-3 goals? Or are the JMU Dukes not that good? They fall in my poll even though they won this week; it's how they won that hurts them. (MDLaxManiac) — #12. (mytwokeepers) — My #14. Down two this week. May be too much of a drop but again 'small' victories by Dukes. Small margins of victory, reminiscent of Dartmouth Big Green. (Rafterjack) — #8. Tougher than expected wins against Va. Tech and Fairfield. (slides2) — With Yale and Richmond visiting Harrisonburg this week, look for the Dukes to have a 5-0 start. (socrlaxdad) — #8. Fairfield a quality opponent; big win. Teams with short players will have really difficult time playing in H-burg. (Turtles Lax) — Dukes leave the tall grass in the Valley for a trip up hill to edge a game Va. Tech and brings the Stags in and mow (donít use that word) them down too! (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: Georgetown opens with a loss to the 'Cats and a difficult upcoming early season schedule, #8. (D-Lax) — See Navy. No. 16. (DallasLaxDad) — The Hoyas had a rough opener, but the rookie mistakes made are just that Ė rookie mistakes. With a leader like Jordy Kirr back to quarterback the attack, and a balanced receiving corps, the Hoyas will be able to generate offense. The quick development of rookies will be the key. (draw18) — They just didn't lose against the evil empire, they were vaporised. Who would have believed the Gators would be a pivitol early season match-up! It doesn't get any better at Duke. #11. (fanofall) — #20. Only 2 saves versus 24 goals? I think it would be hard to miss that many. (johnnyboy) — Ricky Fried: Note to self. Don't try out new goalkeepers and an untested defense against an offensive juggernaut again. Maybe we should schedule someone else to start the season. Not an easy week with a trip to Gainesville and a visit by the Devils. (Lionwatcher) — #13. Hoyas get smacked by NU in their season opener but avoid the dreaded 10 goal loss. I have no problem with those results for their first game. The results from their trip to Gainesville will tell me much more. (Lucky Laxer) — #17. Finally playing. What a way to start your season by playing the #2 team in the country and the #1 team in your conference! The Gtown Hoyas are 0-1, getting smoked and stomped by the NU Wildcats, 24-15. What is really scary is that the Gtown GKs recorded only 2 saves and allowed 24 points. Ricky must be dreaming of his Team USA donning Gtown jerseys and mopping-up the competition after that nightmare of a season opener. (MDLaxManiac) — #11. (mytwokeepers) — My #10. Down five this week with first game (FINALLY) a loss. But I can't mark the Hoyas down and out toooo much on only the single outing, see. (Rafterjack) — #10. OK, I way-overrated this team. Mea magna culpa. Trip to the Swamp will tell us if this team is Top 10 caliber or not. (slides2) — Hoyas open with a home loss to NU ... hard to tell where they go from there. We do know they'll go to UF and then host the Dookies this week. (socrlaxdad) — #10. TL has often opined Ricky's schemes are too complicated for his Hoyas. 'Nuff said? PS: How can you give up 24 goals? (Turtles Lax) — Needed more jet noise to confound the empires stormtroopers. Now must right the ship with a trip to the sunny swamp! (UnderArmourOdor)

Vanderbilt: The loss to Northwestern doesn't look so bad after the Wildcats' performances this week. With wins over Cincinnati and Jacksonville, the Commodores move up to no. 11. (DallasLaxDad) — The Commodores are a young team in experience, but they have talent. With Courtney Kirk stepping in very nicely to shoulder some of the scoring load, Ally Carey can patrol the midfield with effectiveness. The Dores will continue to get better throughout the season. (draw18) — By virtue of two wins this week, the Doors jump three spots to my #10. (fanofall) — #15. Not sure the Commodores will be in my top 20 later this season, but their only losses are to NU and UNC, so they get the benefit of the doubt. (johnnyboy) — Win against a surprisingly tough Jacksonville team this week. Trip to Durham this week is gut check for this team, which needs to up its game, particularly on the defensive end. (Lionwatcher) — #14. Vandy puts two wins together after their loss to NU. How they handle Duke will show how if they're deserving of a place in the 20. (Lucky Laxer) — #11. Now 4-2, the Vanderbilt Commodores had wins this weeks over the Cincy Bearcats, 17-3, and a close game with Jacksonville, 12-9. (MDLaxManiac) — #9. Coaching shows. (mytwokeepers) — #16. Rout Cincinnati, but 12-9 win over Jacksonville hardly impresses. (slides2) — 'Dores rebound with two solid wins. (socrlaxdad) — #17. Duke next week will foretell lotsa stuff. (Turtles Lax) — Dores have a good week with two home wins but now hit the road to unfriendly Durham, where the Cameron Crazies will be camping! (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: The Women of Dartmouth have a great balanced attack, and the depth of such will pay dividends throughout the season. With Sarah Plumb playing as strong as she is, and with Kristen Giovannielllo having a phenomenal season, the Big Green have many reasons to smile. (draw18) — 3-0 Dartmouth stays #14. (fanofall) — #5. Undefeated but yet to really impress. (johnnyboy) — Winning, but winning close against non-top 20 teams. Leaving them here, but they are going to have show something. (Lionwatcher) — #11. Rafter U's playing some very solid lacrosse led by Sr A Meyer and FRESHMAN Giovanniello in goal with an LGL approved .586 SP and 6.33 GAA. As Kermit says, "It's good to be Green!" (Lucky Laxer) — #13. Now 3-0, the Dartmouth Big Green starts the season with two wins, 10-6 over Vermont and 9-8 over Ivy League foe Yale. The last two games were also cause for concern, especially the close game with now 0-3 Yale, who is at the bottom of the Ivy League rankings. (MDLaxManiac) — #10. (mytwokeepers) — My #15. No change this week. Concerned that we might see Green amble along in a middling way. We have seen such before. Dartmouth needs to BUST OUT and get up into top tier! Have talent except questions on new goal keep? Saw game at Yale. More impressed with Yale's Quackenbush in goal, maybe. (Rafterjack) — #13. Win over Vermont and then barely escape underwhelming Yale squad. Big Green have yet to show what they are made of. (slides2) — Big Green are 3-0, but these are all close wins against unranked teams. (socrlaxdad) — #13. Mean Green 3-0. (Turtles Lax) — Rafterman says a small w for the one-goal win over Yale (after BC put a 14-goal win up on the Elis). Now head to BU to try to finish their four pack noríeaster 4-0! (UnderArmourOdor)

Syracuse: Syracuse needed the week off after the losses to Stanford and Virginia. Treading water at no. 18. (DallasLaxDad) — The talent for the Orange is there, but they need to focus and get back to what they do best. Katie Websterís emergence is a bright spot for SU, and putting her on the front line with Ladouceur and Michelle Tumolo is a great way for her to get wet. The Orange are not done by any means, but they canít waste the opportunities they have. (draw18) — I'm told the bleeding has stopped and they may be well enough for travel, but the first stop on a six-game, 2500 mile road trip is UMd. Good luck with that. #13 for now. (fanofall) — #12. Hope the Orange are using this week off to regroup. (johnnyboy) — After a week off to lick the early season wounds. The difficulties intensify this week with a trip to the current capital of the women's lax world. Not a place to get healthy. (Lionwatcher) — #15. They keep dropping, precipitously. At 1-2 with losses to Stanford and UVHoo AND with MD up, this could be their last week in the top 20. Anyone see Gary's new commercial for "Just for Men" hair color? A big loss to the Terps and he'll be doing one for Mr. Ray's Hair Weave. (Lucky Laxer) — #15. Now 1-2, they had the week off and are trying to fix what's broken in Syracuse. How about 12 inches of snow to make you feel better? (MDLaxManiac) — My #11. Down three notches this week. Coach, you have been well behaved ... some. Are you ailing? (Rafterjack) — #12. Idle and licking wounds. Trip to Maryland does not bode well. (slides2) — Struggling Orange will look to get better at the Terps ... tall order there. (socrlaxdad) — #24. 13 days to rest up for Terps. (Turtles Lax) — The Godfather is hatching his plan for his six-game road trip against the teams that are a combined 20-4. The opener is an easy visit to TL and College Park! (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: The Irish tread water with a surprisingly close win over Duquesne, no. 12. (DallasLaxDad) — Jenny Granger is coming into her own this season, and that additional talent up front will be a great compliment to Blaney and Maggie Tamasitis. With Jackie Doherty marshalling a backfield for the Irish, the luster is not gone from South Bend. (draw18) — Stays at #15 from the practice field. A must-win vs. OSU. (fanofall) — #11. Irish losses to NU and Stanford not looking so bad now. (johnnyboy) — This dame would rank Notre Dame lower, but all those spots are filled. (LadyLaker) — Week off. Need to prove themselves against the Buckeyes this week. (Lionwatcher) — #9. Now 2-2, the Notre Dame Irish were idle this week. Watch out, St. Paddy's Day is right around the corner! (MDLaxManiac) — #14. Idle. Host Ohio St. and BU next and must win these games to earn any degree of respectability. (slides2) — Irish return to action against the Buckeyes this week. (socrlaxdad) — #23. (Turtles Lax) — No action for Irish as they wait for the Buckeyes. (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston College: Beginning to think the Eagles might climb out of 5th place in the ACC. No. 14 nationally this week. (DallasLaxDad) — The Eagles are humming along nicely, and the wins keep piling up, which gives them confidence. With Moira Barry, Kristin Igoe and Kate Collins playing strong, BC will get better and better with each game. (draw18) — Two wins this week, including 14 pts. over Yale. #16. (fanofall) — BC is my 21st ranked team. (johnnyboy) — Does the 5-0 start mean that the Eagles are a force to be reckoned with? Need to be 8-0 for me to truly believe, but I think they get there. (Lionwatcher) — #12. At 5-0 BC keeps climbing up my poll. Serafino is the ACC's top goalie so far. Fr A Barry, leading the team in goals. is learning at the heels of Sr Igoe. Collins is on the Hoover Award watch list sweeping up 10 GBs in three 3 games. (Lucky Laxer) — #16. Now 5-0, the BC Eagles had two wins this week. They smoked Yale, 18-4, and a 12-7 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders. While 5-0, they have had a soft schedule so far, and that keeps them were they are at #16. (MDLaxManiac) — #13. (mytwokeepers) — My #9. Up several boxes here (four; showed power with win at Yale, 18 to 4) ... are 5/0 and Eagles have a strong chart if you too lost money with Bernie (shut up maybe and SERVE your time) Madoff. (Rafterjack) — #15. Easy win over Yale; less easy win over improved Holy Cross. (slides2) — Eagles have held every opponent under 10 goals in their five wins. (socrlaxdad) — #9. Eagles flying high with what appears to be a stingy defense. Kinda digging BC. (Turtles Lax) — Eagles rolling along at 5-0 after beating Holy Cross. (UnderArmourOdor)

Princeton: The Tigers are back, with Lizzie Drumm leading the way. With Jaci Gassaway and Cassie Pyle providing a 1-2-3 punch with Drumm, and an experienced Erin Tochihara and Lindsey deButts anchoring the defense, the Tigers are looking stronger and stronger. (draw18) — #17. I'll keep the Tigers two spots above JHU - still unsure about this team. (johnnyboy) — Two 1-goal wins but wins nonetheless. (LadyLaker) — Couple 9-8 wins are just that, wins. Shellacked by the Blue Devils, who I am thinking are for real this year. Should take care of Brown and the trip to JMU next week should help to tell the Tiger story of this year. (Lionwatcher) — #14. Now 1-1, the Princeton Tigers lost to the Duke Blue Devils, 12-19. What should concern the Tigers here is the defense and the GK, with 19 goals scored on them. (MDLaxManiac) — #15. (mytwokeepers) — My #16. Up four this week. May be on move and back to (usual) old form, some. (Rafterjack) — #20. Cannot keep up with Duke. (slides2) — Two close wins followed by a loss at Duke ... still trying to figure out these Tigers. (socrlaxdad) — #16. Lose to Duke. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers find Durham too big a bite but should do better as they open Ivy play with Brown! (UnderArmourOdor)

Albany: Albany may be this year's sleeper team, #17. (D-Lax) — Win over Hofstra bumps the Great Danes up a spot to 19 and drops the Pride off my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — Not a bad outing for Ariana Parker, who broke into the limelight. If she continues to produce for the Great Danes, the tandem of her and Taylor Frink up front and Branchini and Anna Berman in the back will make things difficult for opponents. (draw18) — Convincing win over Hofstra, #18. (fanofall) — Keeping my eye on Albany for a possible future ranking. (johnnyboy) — Continuing to win. UMass on 3/19 should be circulated for both. It could say who is a pretender and who is for real. (Lionwatcher) — #20. Great Danes marking their early season territory with their 3-0 start. I liked them last year but showed them no '11 love until now. My bad. (Lucky Laxer) — #19. Now 3-0, the Albany Great Danes defeated Hofstra, 16-5. (MDLaxManiac) — #16. (mytwokeepers) — My #17. Up one on week. (Rafterjack) — #17. Great Danes make another statement defeating Hofstra. (slides2) — #18. 3-zip w/ nice W over Hofstra. (Turtles Lax) — Big win over Hofstra keeps them in top 20 and Pride out! (UnderArmourOdor)

Navy: Ten point loss to Northwestern compares favorably to G'Town's 9 point loss and Vanderbilt's 11 point loss. Because the Mids are 6-0 otherwise, with Georgetown not having played any other games, I've got Navy ahead of the Hoyas at no. 15. (DallasLaxDad) — I have never been comfortable with their self-imposed, weak SOS, but a 6-1 record and the politicing of a CT fan dreesed in red leave me with little choice but to give Navy my #20. (fanofall) — Navy has only three teams to really get ready for now: W&M, Lehigh, and Colgate. (johnnyboy) — Feisty team, that did not quit against the Cats. Tough Bucknell team this week, but I could see this team with a lot of wins when all is said and done. (Lionwatcher) — Mids fall out as other team's catch up. They'll be flirting with the bottom of the 20 throughout the rest of the year if they continue winning and there are losses by the teams above. (Lucky Laxer) — #18. Now 6-1, the Navy Mids had a 50/50 week, first a big loss to the NU Wildcats, 18-8, then they rebounded to beat Robert Morris, 16-5. (MDLaxManiac) — My #20. New to my top 20. OK, just this once (I'll let you into my top 20.) Decent against Northwestern. Yes, weakish schedule, but Middies are 6-1! (Rafterjack) — #21. Kicked around by Cats; get to kick around Robert Morris on the rebound. (slides2) — Mids suffer first loss ... to #2 NU by 10 goals. Three other higher ranked teams have posted similar results. (socrlaxdad) — #15. Loss to NU predictable; margin, not so much. (Turtles Lax) — Mids take a galactic keelhauling in the Severn from Darth KAH and the purple clones, but so did Hoyas in the Potomac! (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: The Minutewomen debut on my ballot with their 5-0 start. (DallasLaxDad) — The Minutewomen have come into their own and with a phenom like Katie Ferris stepping up to the plate, UMass is no longer content to just control the A-10. Jackie Lyons is a seasoned, talented veteran, and Katie Florence is having a very solid start to open up 2011. (draw18) — #18. Massachusetts at 5-0 is quietly dominating all the New England teams on their schedule. They are my new top 20 team. (johnnyboy) — So far, I like this team this year. New coach is building on the recent successes. Need to win the next three before going to Chicago to take on the Cats. (Lionwatcher) — #18. At 5-0, UMass jumps into the top 20 led by Sr A Lyons balanced 12 G and 9A and Jr G Florence's .562 SP and 8.32 GAA and some serious coaching by 1st year McMahon. (Lucky Laxer) — #18. (mytwokeepers) — My #18. First appearance for me in top 20. Minutemen 5/0. Impressed so far. UMass has tended some to fade late (in the season)? (Rafterjack) — #19. Remain unbeaten with convincing win over UNH. (slides2) — #19. 5-0 start gets any team in Top 20. Congratulations, ZooMass. (Turtles Lax)

William & Mary: The Tribe just might belong in the top 20 - but UMass' 5-0 start bumps them to 21. (DallasLaxDad) — Arguably one of the most veteran teams, the Tribe is stacked with playmakers all over the field. Grace Golden, Ashley Holofcener, and Maggie Anderson can carry them up front, and Sarah Jonson is having yet another stellar season in the back. The Tribe will seriously challenge for supremacy in the CAA. (draw18) — #16. Tribe beating the teams they should. (johnnyboy) — #16. My Beloved moves up with their nice win over BU. Offensively they're rolling with seniors Golden's 15 goals in three games being supported by Holofcener's 7 A/5 G and Anderson's 11 G. Problem is at the other end with the D giving up 13 goals/game and Geary having a very slow start with a .387 SP. This brings to mind the ancient lax proverb: Teams do not win on O alone. (Lucky Laxer) — #18. Just a hunch, but Tribe looking like serious CAA contenders. Tough stretch with Oregon, Virginia and Northwestern coming up. (slides2) — Bill and Mary close to top 20 after beating BU. (UnderArmourOdor)

Louisville: The Cardinals don't earn a spot in the top-20 yet but must be watched after the 3-0 start. (DallasLaxDad) — #13. Cardinals undefeated but still under the radar. (johnnyboy) — #17. The Cards are playing well, and I'm holding onto them. A pesky Jacksonville up next will be a good test. (Lucky Laxer) — #23. Not truly tested until 3/24 match-up with Stanford. Jacksonville may be interesting game. (slides2) — #14. 3-0, too. (Turtles Lax) — Beat Oregon who made it a game. (UnderArmourOdor)

Johns Hopkins: #19. Leaving the Hop in my top 20 - gut feeling. (johnnyboy) — #22. Win at Stony Brook, but Towson and Georgetown are more serious tests coming up. (slides2) — 'Jays and 'Hounds are enjoying a resurgence on North Charles. (socrlaxdad) — Towson beckons. (UnderArmourOdor)

Rutgers: #19. Rutgers gets my Pride of Jersey Award so far this year despite a one-goal OT loss to Princeton. Why you ask? Two reasons: 1. Better diners in Piscataway and 2. Piscatawy is such a better name than Princeton. Sound laxer logic. (Lucky Laxer) — #20. Now 3-1, the Scarlet Knights lost to Princeton in OT and beat the Delaware Blue Hens, 13-5. (MDLaxManiac) — #24. Nice win against Delaware. Hofstra and Penn coming up. (slides2)

Harvard: Harvard raising some eyebrows but not high enough yet for a ranking. (johnnyboy) — #17. (mytwokeepers) — My #19. Down three this week. Cornell may have been a let down-only beating Big Red by one. Have UPenn at home coming up next. Will tell us much. Like this team. (Rafterjack) — #25. Living dangerously with close shave against Cornell, but clearly this team can score. Let's see what they can do with Penn. (slides2)

Towson: Annihilation by Loyola drops the Tigers out of the poll. (DallasLaxDad) — Not a good start for a team that many thought would be in the hunt. (Lionwatcher) — Now 0-2, the Towson Tigers stumble all over town and out of my Top 20 in this doggie-dog week for the Tigers. A close biting loss to UMBC Dawgs, 10-9, then a bigger run-away loss to the Loyola Hounds, 12-2, has the Tigers licking wounds and looking for answers. (MDLaxManiac) — Out of my top 20. Two losses but 12-2 to Loyola? (Rafterjack) — Tigers start out 0-2 and "oh-fer" Baltimore ... so far. Last chance to claim an in-town victory comes against Hopkins this week. (socrlaxdad) — #25. Oh, dear. Oh, no. Tiggers failure to launch making TL look dumber than usual. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers take a beating from nearby Loyola and have another Charles St. foe in the Hop coming by this week. Losing to the Charm City trio (already lost to UMBC) has them out of the top 20! (UnderArmourOdor)

Richmond:

Hofstra: Hofstra falls off my ballot but may return. (DallasLaxDad) — Next up the Quakers and a chance to get in the top 20! (UnderArmourOdor)

Drexel: #20. Fire breathing Dragons are pretty good. Trust TL. (Turtles Lax)

Duquesne: #19. (mytwokeepers)

Yale: #20. (mytwokeepers)

Penn State: Cats donít like water on either Hoo field. (UnderArmourOdor)



Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. New Hampshire: My pre-season sleeper team has yet to wake up. (johnnyboy)

. Denver:

. UMBC:

. Fairfield: Now 3-1, the Fairfield Stags lost this week to the JMU Dukes, 13-10. (MDLaxManiac) — #21. (Turtles Lax)

. Virginia Tech: Hokies are 5-1. Have BC coming up on 12th followed by Duke on the 16th. Also play Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia among others. Could emerge. (Rafterjack)

. Marist: #22. Season making/breaking game vs. Albany Wednesday. (Turtles Lax)


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