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LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #13
May 30, 2012

RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Northwestern (21-2)W Johns Hopkins 13-9, L Florida 7-14, W Notre Dame 12-7, W Duke 11-7, W Maryland 9-7, W Syracuse 8-6380191
2Syracuse (19-4)W Georgetown 7-6, L Loyola 7-13, W Dartmouth 15-5, W UNC 17-16, W Florida 14-13, L Northwestern 6-83592
3Florida (19-3)W Ohio St. 5-4, W Northwestern 14-7, W Albany 6-4, W Penn State 15-2, L Syracuse 13-143403
4Maryland (19-4)W UMass 15-12, W Loyola 17-11, L Northwestern 7-93274
5North Carolina (15-4)W Navy 14-7, L Syracuse 16-173035
6Duke (12-7)W Virginia 11-9, L Northwestern 7-112657
7Loyola (14-6)W Notre Dame 11-9, W Syracuse 13-7, W Penn 10-9, L Maryland 11-1726011
8Notre Dame (13-5)L Loyola 9-11, L Northwestern 7-122186
9Penn State (12-7)L Johns Hopkins 12-13, W Towson 15-8, L Florida 2-152178
10Virginia (11-8)L Duke 9-1118010
11Massachusetts (19-2)W Canisius 13-12, L Maryland 12-1517612
12Dartmouth (12-5)W Cornell 9-8, W Penn 6-4, L Syracuse 5-1515814t
13Towson (16-4)W Monmouth 15-5, L Penn State 8-1513416
14Ohio State (11-6)W Vanderbilt 10-9, L Florida 4-512813
15Cornell (11-5)L Dartmouth 8-91279
16Penn (9-8)W Harvard 9-5, L Dartmouth 4-6, L Loyola 9-1012614t
17Georgetown (9-8)L Syracuse 6-76317
18Stony Brook (14-5)W UMBC 9-7, L Albany 7-95318
19Johns Hopkins (9-9)W Penn State 13-12, L Northwestern 9-135019
20Navy (18-3)W Oregon 10-9, L UNC 7-144520
Others receiving votes: Albany (42), Boston College (16), Harvard (8), Vanderbilt (5), Princeton (4), Oregon (4), James Madison (2)

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

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Northwestern: Northwestern always seems to crack the tourney final and win the Big One. -#1. (D-Lax) — The Wildcats spent much of the year at the top of my ballot, but, as I wrote frequently, I wondered if they were the best team in women's college lacrosse. I'm still wondering that. But, the name of the game is to win the games, and there's no one better, as the 'Cats proved again. Congratulations to the NCAA Div I WLax champions. (DallasLaxDad) — The talent level at Northwestern is top-notch, from the coaching staff to the players. The way they work together to execute a game plan, whatever that game plan is, demonstrates why the Wildcats have won their 7th title in the last eight years. Shannon Smith and Taylor Thornton might be the headliners, but the grunt work by Gabrielle Flibotte, Alyssa Leonard, Casey Bocklet and Kerri Harrington, to name a few, are why NU is the top team in the nation. (draw18) — #1. (fanofall) — #1. When asked about about her Wildcats' (21-2) most recent NCAA championship, KAH simply said "Oops, I did it again. I played with your heart. Got lost in the game. Oh, baby, baby." (johnnyboy) — #1. 16th in scoring but 2nd on defense, so defense apparently does win championships. Senior class an amazing 85-6!!! Now they reload. (Justalaxdad) — Cats Conquest Complete. Nothing more to say. They simply find the way and the will to win. Not the up-and-down teams of the past that will pummel you, but one constant, draw control and defense. Groundhog Day-win and complaints. (Lionwatcher) — #1. "Dy·nas·ty: A succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role in a certain field." The Force's resident scholar, Prof. Yoda, "Do or do not. There is no try." l, they did. Again. Although no one's ever sent me anything, I'm re-thinking wearing "purple". Next year though, please work on better hiding your post-goal string adjustments. (Lucky Laxer) — Congratulations to the NU Wildcats the 2012 NCAA champions. NU beats Syracuse for a second time this season for the 7th school championship. They didn't dominate teams like they have in the past, and they lost twice to ALC foe the Florida Gators. (MDLaxManiac) — #1. Back in January, I said Northwestern would remain my #1 until they lost. Well they did lose twice to Florida and dropped out of the top spot for a brief time. Guess what? Here they are again! National champs 7 of the last 8 years. WOW! (Preseason #1). (mytwokeepers) — Congrats on a well-deserved championship. KAH is the best game strategist in the game today. (novaglax) — No. 1. Up from 2. Continue their marvelous run. Surely earned. Was dirty toward the end but also Orange self-destructed. Surely a GREAT tourney. Hail to the champions - again! (Rafterjack) — #1. 'Cats understand the bottom line: how to win when it counts the most. One last shout-out for the amazing Shannon Smith. (slides2) — 'Cats do it again ... starting a new championship streak and a new dy-nasty. (socrlaxdad) — #1. Not even close to the best team but somehow won. Yuck. (Turtles Lax) — Purple Empire takes the Deathstar out the LIE to win it all again. (UnderArmourOdor)

Syracuse: Orange win a thriller against the Gators in the semis, but fall to the Cats in the Finals. First ever finals appearance for the 'Cuse. #2. (D-Lax) — I had Syracuse at no. 18 in my preseason poll. Once the Orange opened their season, it was obvious that I was way wrong in that prediction. Syracuse closes in the obvious no. 2 spot. My prediction is Gary Gait will spend the summer with regrets about heading onto the field as team was setting up for a FPS from the center hash. This team was so close to the championship. (DallasLaxDad) — The Orange had the talent to pull it off, and when Constantino is on her game, that fires up the defense. With Stegeland and Block shoring up the defense in front of her, and the juggernaut of Tumolo, Murray, Webster and Holden at the other end, SU fully deserved to be in the title game. (draw18) — #2. (fanofall) — #2. Congratulations to the Orange (19-4), who deserve the #2 spot with no strings attached. And thanks for the UNC and Florida games - two of the most exciting lacrosse games of level or version I've ever seen. (johnnyboy) — #2. 11th in defense, 8th in offense. Senior class 58-24!!! Lots of ammo coming back. (Justalaxdad) — Orange Oust Orangeclad. Amazing comeback by the Cuse, but a little short on championship Sunday. Lots coming back to the Dome next year, and we may see them again at the end. (Lionwatcher) — #2. They've got speed, attitude and, now, experience in the BIG one. I'm sure Bock, Tumolo, et al. aren't looking at it quite that way. They make a great case for the pre-season #1. Remember after the UVa game when I commented on Murray's and Tumolo's improvement and gave Dowd props? And got blasted? Ya think a 51% increase in points happens by luck? (Lucky Laxer) — Congratulations to the runners-up for the 2012 season at 19-4 with a loss in the championship game to the NU Wildcats. Syracuse Orange lost twice to NU this season with the only other loses to UVa (11-8) and Loyola (14-6). The Gary Gait recruit era have come together and formed a tough team! The UM alumni coaches are a tough group! (MDLaxManiac) — #2. After a disappointing 2011, the Orange righted their ship and made it all the way to the final game only to lose 6-8 to NU. Great year for Syracuse. (Preseason #16, shame on me.). (mytwokeepers) — Never would of put them in championship game at the beginning of the season. (novaglax) — No. 2. Down from 1. Where do we start? Bravos to our favorite poster boy! Remarkable and not easily forgotten win in semis over brand new, shiny Gator women. Very close here for Coach Gait. Did you see large man, pushed (bulldozed?) not easily off the field by small ref? (Rafterjack) — #2. Orange pull off comeback for the ages to get to the final, but lack of possession leaves them short against the 'Cats. Thanks for the memories, Sarah Holden. (slides2) — Orange made a game of the final but came up just couldn't quite "squeeze" out a win. (socrlaxdad) — #2. Gary Gait said it all. (Turtles Lax) — Godfather needed to call on some help from New York’s Five Families, as he thought the 4 zebras were doing some lax-field robbery! (UnderArmourOdor)

Florida: Lose to 'Cuse in OT in Final Four, but are poised for another great run in 2013. #3. (D-Lax) — The Gators climbed to the top spot before the post-season, and with half a half left in the semifinal, they certainly looked like they had solidified that ranking. The collapse was stunning, and with it Florida falls to no. 4. (DallasLaxDad) — The Gators have a ton of talent, and it is all over the field. Mikey Meagher is the best goalie in the nation right now, and she looks even better with players like Reeg, Dohony, and Farrell setting her up. When Shannon Gilroy and Nora Barry can play at the level they are playing now, this bodes well for UF. (draw18) — #3. (fanofall) — #3. Gonna give my third spot to the Gators (19-3) over the Terps. Loss to Syracuse aside, as a viewing fan, I appreciate that UF played their semifinal game straight up, no stall, no adjustment to the strings and no lame-*ss excuses after the game. Got to be ranked #1 the 2013 preseason TOPTM. (johnnyboy) — #3. 1st in defense, 3rd in scoring. Junior class now 45-15 with one to go!!!! The Year of the Gator now begins. (Justalaxdad) — Gator Gaff Gives GG Goal. Talent galore returns. Summer workout includes working on the slowdown. (Lionwatcher) — #3. Epic crash and burn! Did not see it coming. Taking down the Empire twice in one year. Did not see it coming. 0 to FF in three years. Did not see it coming. Rings in '13? No reason not to see it coming ... Great year Gators! (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season, the 3rd year of the program's existence, at 19-3. The UF Gators losses this year were the first game of the season to UNC and then two loses to Syracuse, both in double OT! Gators chewed up and beat the NU Wildcats twice this season and won the ALC championship! Beating the 2012 champions twice in the same season is amazing! What will the fourth year of the program bring? Chomp-chomp go Gators! (MDLaxManiac) — #3. Double overtime loss to Syracuse in the semifinals coupled with beating Northwestern twice makes the Gators my #3. Wonder if Kelly Amonte Hiller would have liked to face Florida a third time to get revenge or was happy Syracuse kept the Gators away? (Preseason #4 ... close). (mytwokeepers) — The case of the "Missing Strings." (novaglax) — No 3. No change. A semifinal match of two games/halves. The first they won hands down, the second, ah, the second ... they (apparently) let it get away from them! But no shame! Great season. Gators in the very top echelons of this sport; here to stay. C'mon, SEC. Mike (Judge ... ) Slive who you got for us next; it's me, Patsy! (Rafterjack) — #3. Gators fail to close out a game that was in the bag and can't keep crosses kept strung tightly enough. They come back virtually intact for one more try, maybe with a lesson learned and certainly with ample motivation. (slides2) — I keep the Gators at #2 ... despite losing to the Orange in the semifinals. They were the only team to beat Northwestern this year, and they did it twice - including at Lakeside field. ALC champions. (socrlaxdad) — #4. Shockingly inept coaching at game's end. Truly. Four (4) still. But probably will NEVER beat an ACC team.;-) (Turtles Lax) — Hey, at least it wasn’t a 9-goal lead like Duke surrendered to the Hoos at Franklin Field. (UnderArmourOdor)

Maryland: The Terps were no. 3 in my preseason poll and end the year in the same spot. (DallasLaxDad) — Maryland continues to turn out top-notch athletes, and the play of athletes like Sanza and Alex Aust are examples of how Maryland remains at the top of the game. KEJ's return, the solid play of Dipper, and the phenomenal play of Schwarzmann righted this ship and propelled the Terps to the final weekend. (draw18) — #4. (fanofall) — #4. Terps (19-4) were able to avenge two of their four losses. The exceptions are the top-ranked NCAA finalists. Will miss following this year's seniors but am anxious to see the next generation of Terps step up. (johnnyboy) — #4. 5th in defense, 6th in scoring. Senior class a stellar 83-7!!! Terps reload. (Justalaxdad) — Another Tough Turtle Trip toward Tourney Title. Gave the Cats all they could handle again. Would you have expected less? No shame here. (Lionwatcher) — #4. I'm looking forward to this poll to see if TL surfaces. Funny, I got his black vest with Turtle pin delivered by Fed Ex. There was a dead fish in it ... I thought they were peaking at the right time. There I go thinking again. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the season at 19-4 with loses to Duke, Syracuse, UNC and NU. Young Terps team will be right back in it for 2013. Go Terps. (MDLaxManiac) — #4. I am fairly sure Cathy Reese said something along the lines of "This sucks" after losing in the semifinal game to NU. If nothing else, I am confident she has an opinion regarding "stall ball." Actually, I would bet Gary Gait has one too. (Preseason #2). (mytwokeepers) — No. 4. No change. Winning ACC reinvigorated their title chances. But that wasn't enough. ALWAYS strong in lacrosse are the Terps. I mean, it's Maryland! (Rafterjack) — #4. Yet again outmaneuvered by the 'Cats in a close chess match. Great respect for the departing KEJ. (slides2) — ACC champ Terps made the most of a late-season surge. (socrlaxdad) — #3. Flat at the beginning of semifinal game. Flat at the end, too. Very disappointing end to the season. (Turtles Lax) — I defer to the pollster in front of me, but the Terps were close and looked good. (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: For much of the season, I really thought this was the best team in the nation. But the Tar Heels just couldn't close the deal. North Carolina ends up at no. 5. (DallasLaxDad) — UNC had a deep, talented bench that was on display all season long. Laura Zimmerman was a catalyst for the Heels and her consistent, excellent play was a reason UNC was a major player in the scene. Add in Becky Lynch and Sloan Serpe at each end of the field, and you have the makings of a top-notch team. (draw18) — #5. (fanofall) — #5. UNC (14-5) was the only team to beat both Florida and Maryland this season and came within a minute of the final four. All in all, an enviable season. (johnnyboy) — #5. 3rd in scoring, 17th in scoring. Senior class 63-18!!! Plenty coming back. (Justalaxdad) — Carolina Can't Clip Cuse. Bet they thought that if they put up 16 in the Dome and Cuse goalies have one save, they would have been staying at the Hauppauge Hilton over the holiday. (Lionwatcher) — #5. There's been some rhubarb on one of the threads about UNC's great recruiting vis a vis their lack of results. This is not a "great taste/less filling" type of debate. It's time for a ring. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season at 15-4. The Tar Heels were full of promise this year with loses to Gtown (9-8), NU, MD and Syracuse. Besides the loss to Gtown, all other losses were to the top 4 teams. So close, what will 2013 bring for UNC? (MDLaxManiac) — #5. Being #5 was never in the Tar Heel's plans this year, but no quality program plans on anything other than going all the way. Syracuse smashed that dream, and now its time for making plans for next year. (Preseason #5 ). (mytwokeepers) — IMO what another disappointing season. More blue chippers coming in to what end. (novaglax) — No. 5. No change. Remain for me a very top contender, but still, yet a contender only. Best four IMHO ended up competing for the laurels as above. UNC a notch (slightly) below. (Rafterjack) — #5. Led by Laura Zimmerman, Heels go down with guns blazing. Fond farewell to Zim and Becky Lynch. (slides2) — 'Heels unable to win the big games at the end - losing the ACC final to the Terps and NCAA quarterfinals to the Orange. (socrlaxdad) — #6. Another shocking defeat when game was in hand. (Turtles Lax) — Blue Meanies up 16-14 couldn’t hold off the Godfather’s surge to the finals. At least it wasn’t a 7-goal lead like the Gators squandered. (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: The Blue Devils end where I had them entering the post-season, ahead of all the Ivies at no. 13. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Devils have a ton of talent, but injuries took their toll on them again -- and it never quite came together in the way it needed to in order to have more of an impact on the season. Emma Hamm's dynamic play will be missed, and Kim Wenger established herself as a phenomenal addition to the team. (draw18) — #8. (fanofall) — #7. I'm sure the Blue Devils (12-7) had higher expectations. Despite the early loss of Miss Hamm's services, Duke knocked off 12 quality teams and proved a tough out for seven others. (johnnyboy) — #8. 10th in defense, 43rd in scoring. Senior class 56-24!!! Lots of talent around. (Justalaxdad) — Devils and Domers Doomed by Draw. Never want your championship hopes to go through the Lake. Just ask the Irish. (Lionwatcher) — #6. Duke and UNC have much in common. It's time for a ring. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 12-7. (MDLaxManiac) — #8. With 7 losses, Duke can hardly be satisfied with their season, but still had quality wins and quality losses. (Preseason #5). (mytwokeepers) — No. 6. Up from 8. Blue Devils took a while getting settled and showed themselves with character, late. Sea change? (Rafterjack) — #6. Return of Kat Thomas not enough. Adieu to Emma Hamm. (slides2) — Dookies were always the third best team in the ACC. (socrlaxdad) — #8. Rather like their prospects for '13 despite defection(s). (Turtles Lax) — Devils make good on the home field advantage in the first round ACC elimination game before having to face the Shorts. (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: Wins over Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Penn capped a fine season for the Greyhounds, and, with the loss to Maryland in the round of 8, Loyola ends the season at no. 6. (DallasLaxDad) — The Hounds showed excellent coaching, great development, and a solid team in 2012. The development of the Thomases shows great promise, and the play of Kellye Gallagher and Ana Heneberry in front of Kerry Stoothoff is an example of the depth the Hounds have. (draw18) — #9. (fanofall) — #6. Loyola's (14-6) defense led the way all season while JA taught her young offensive charges how to fly, culminating with a surprisingly dominating victory over the 'Cuse, the Big East title, and an NCAA spot. JA now has to reverse the job in 2013 to completely redo her defense and rely on the offense to lead the way. (johnnyboy) — #6. 32nd in defense, 27th in scoring. Senior class 53-22!!! Stellar young offense returns, but defense takes a big hit. (Justalaxdad) — East Elitist Earned. Came on very strong late in the season to win the east over a very tough Orange team. Things look good on Charles Street. (Lionwatcher) — #7. What a great year for 'Hound lax! Terrific season ladies. BTW, did you know that there's a men's team, too! I confess I missed both your bandwagons. We need a rabid Hound fan on the forum! It's OK; I'll play with them, I've had my shots. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 14-6. (MDLaxManiac) — #6. The last month was very good to the Greyhounds, beating Notre Dame, Syracuse, and UPenn before Maryland closed the door on their season. End the year at my #6. (Preseason #11 ). (mytwokeepers) — No. 7. Up from 21 on my list. Yikes, I perhaps need to stick mostly to Ivies! Impressive late season rise for Hounds! Yes, I know who Jen Adams is, each year more. Time you learned, Rafter! (Rafterjack) — #7. Make things interesting for a while against Terps. Won't be the same without Kerry Stoothoff, Kellye Gallagher, and Ana Heneberry. (slides2) — Big East Champ 'Hounds grab my #6 spot ... but congrats to their men's team, which brought home the NCAA championship for the first time in school history. (socrlaxdad) — #5. Be scared, folks; 'Hounds may very well emulate their boys' lax pals next year. TL is NOT kidding. (Turtles Lax) — Hounds barely get past Quakers but end up with not enough bark as the Terps wag them out! (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: Somehow, the Irish need to figure out how to avoid a trip to Evanston to open the NCAAs. Realistically, that means earning a seed. Two losses to Loyola ended that possibility this season. Notre Dame ends up no. 9. (DallasLaxDad) — Kudos to ND for putting together a solid season. Maggie Tamasitis was a great general for this team, and the play of Margaret Smith and Barbara Sullivan in the back, in front of Ellie Hilling, gave the Irish a lot of fight. Lindsay Powell's play, until her injury, kept ND right in the thick of things. (draw18) — #6. (fanofall) — #8. Five losses for the Irish (NU-2; Loyola-2; and Syracuse). Thought the Irish (13-5) played a better brand of ball this season under Coach Halfpenny and avoided some of the unexpected losses that we've seen in season's past. Irish should call on some of the logistics/math majors at ND to figure out a formula that would allow ND to avoid NU each year in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. (johnnyboy) — #7. 34th in defense, 15th in scoring. Senior class 50-25!!! Strong nucleus returns. (Justalaxdad) — Domers and Devils Doomed by Draw. To go deep in the tournament from South Bend you need to be top eight. Lesson learned in first year. Maybe Tracy left that note on the board? (Lionwatcher) — #11. The Irish did well in Halfpenny's first year. 13-5, with four of the losses coming from Loyola and NU. I'm looking forward to seeing how they do next year. Although I'm still much the jilted lover, languishing over my wounds, forlornly pining for what could have been in another city, another time. Aimlessly ambling along history's famed paths, glancing to the gutter to see the rats gnaw on my heart. Thank you, Halfpenny. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 13-5. (MDLaxManiac) — #10. Kudos to Chris Halfpenny and her Golden Domers. I see a program on the move up. (Preseason #21). (mytwokeepers) — No 10. Down from 7. A strong season. back some in contention. Irish might have gone even further save some slip-ups late. (Rafterjack) — #13. Consigned, as always, to first-round wrap up at Northwestern and hobbled without Powell. Goodbye to the phenomenal assist machine, Maggie Tamasitis. (slides2) — Irish were always the third best team in the Big East. (socrlaxdad) — #16. No defense. (Turtles Lax) — Irish also took a first-round road exit due to their late season swoon to the Hounds forced another trip to the Empire's lakeside haunt, that is like Camp Crystal Lake for the Irish - where their season goes to die! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn State: First-round win earns the Nittany Lions the no. 8 spot. (DallasLaxDad) — While the Nittany Lions will miss the incredible play of Dana Cahill, the future is bright with Tatum Coffey and Maggie McCormick back for State. PSU has a cupboard fill of talent, and this season showcased what they can do. (draw18) — #12. (fanofall) — #10. I'd feel better about ranking the Nittanies (12-7) this high had they not lost late in the season to Princeton and Hopkins. Add in two losses to UF and one to NU, and you get PSU ending the season 5-5. Yet they will end the season with wins over what I think will be four ranked teams. Feeling better about the Nittanies future under Coach Dougherty. (johnnyboy) — #9. 29th in defense, 34th in scoring. Senior class 42-29! Offensive should be much better, but Cahill seems irreplaceable. (Justalaxdad) — Little Lions Learned Lots. The young kids grew up pretty fast this year, although the season was up and down. The taste of the tournament will motivate this off-season. (Lionwatcher) — #9. Much consternation came with putting Shea U in the Top Ten, especially since none of the left-over wedding grub made it to Arnold. Alas, I do not hold grudges (or hams). The Lions were exciting, nerve-wracking and pretty good, too. They may not have had consistency, but on any given day they'd beat the snot out of you! (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 12-7. (MDLaxManiac) — #7. I like seeing Penn State have a great year and much credit goes to Dana Cahill as the Nittany Lions rode their talented senior goaltender a long way. (Preseason #14). (mytwokeepers) — No 13. Down from 9. Nittany Lions acquitted themselves well. Just this year didn't have enough in a tough, tough conference. (Rafterjack) — #8. Way up one week at Towson and way down the next at Florida. Dana Cahill will be missed. (slides2) — Nittany Lions were always the third best team in the ALC. (socrlaxdad) — #9. Can they replace the estimable Dana Cahill and the last (?) generation of you know who? (Turtles Lax) — After the abuse the Nittany Lions took, they were a touch angry when they traveled to Towson. Their roar cowered the Tigers to get to the second round before a bad trip to Fla. (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: Three losses to end the season. The Hoos close at no. 17. (DallasLaxDad) — Virginia continues to get talented players to go to Charlottesville. Josie Owen and Julie Gardner are two examples of the great players that become ‘Hoos. This is a team that is stacked with ability; the Cavaliers can match up with just about every team in the nation, player for player. (draw18) — #11. (fanofall) — #12. I didn't think much of the Cavaliers' (11-8) chances beginning this year facing a killer schedule, but they managed to notch wins over Loyola, Syracuse, Duke and Hopkins to earn a spot in my second 20. (johnnyboy) — #11. 25th in defense, not top 50 in scoring. Senior class 45-31! Owens gone but talent returning. (Justalaxdad) — Virginia's Vision Vanquished. Not the season that the Hoos wanted. Only third best in the ACC but still top 10. Keeping up in that conference is just getting harder and harder. (Lionwatcher) — #12. Dr. Jekyll, meet Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss, meet Mr. Hyde. I used to believe Dr. Seuss' mantra “In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!” Unfortunately, after the last two years, I'm agreeing more with his “How did it get so late so soon?” Inconsistent. Under-performing. Stagnating talent. At one time I could argue against all of those. Now, not so much. Please have a seat with UNC and Duke. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 11-8. (MDLaxManiac) — #13. (mytwokeepers) — No. 9. Down from 6. Hoos held on and made themselves felt over the season. We have though seen much better in Charlottesville. (Rafterjack) — #10. Give good effort before bowing to Duke. Josie Owen, it's been too short a time. (slides2) — 'Hoos were the most enigmatic team of 2012 ... losing 4 of their last 6. Still, they were much improved over the 2011 edition. (socrlaxdad) — #13. (Turtles Lax) — Hoos had to go to Durham for this season's ACC elimination game but didn’t have enough on the road to advance back to a second trip to Evilston. (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: UMass finally gets a date with a top team and makes it a close one--deserving of #9. (D-Lax) — A close loss to Maryland in the first round showed the Minutewomen were not out of their league in the top 10. At 15-2, I have UMass at no. 7. (DallasLaxDad) — #16. (fanofall) — #9. Not too many data points to measure the prowess of the Minutewomen (19-2), but they do own a loss to NU, a win over Albany, and a 2-goal loss to the Terps in the NCAA tournament. I'll put UMass near the bottom of my top 10. (johnnyboy) — #10. Tied for 11th on defense, 2nd in scoring. Senior class 57-23!!! Lots of talent returning. (Justalaxdad) — Minutewomen Make Mark. Despite those who decried their schedule, UMass only lost to two top teams. Still can't get them to the upper tier without signature wins. (Lionwatcher) — #8. Season record: 19-2. Ended their year by giving the Terps more than they expected. These Minutewomen made the most of their allotted fifteen. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 19-2. (MDLaxManiac) — #9. A quality loss to Maryland in the NCAAs was no disgrace and a 19-2 season earned my respect. (Preseason #19). (mytwokeepers) — No. 12. Down 2. Didn't we yammer on and on about this lovely team's WEAK schedule ... but does for me continue a mystery as to their true abilities. And will they remain here right on the cusp between greatness and just another good program ... ad infinitum? (Rafterjack) — #12. Close with a rush against Maryland to make final score respectable. It was real, Jess O'Donnell. (slides2) — Minutewomen will need a tougher schedule in 2013 to get ready for post-season play. (socrlaxdad) — #7. Came to play; did play; way to represent, UMass. (Turtles Lax) — Minutemen represent A10 well by giving the Terps a good game. (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: Winning the Ivy League tournament moves the Big Green to no. 15. (DallasLaxDad) — The Big Green were led all season long by Sarah Plumb and Kristen Giovanniello. This team was strong and deep; the Big Green showed why they had an impact on what would happen from a national standpoint. (draw18) — #7. (fanofall) — #11. The Big Green (12-5) pulled it all together to beat both Cornell and Penn for a second time and take the Ivy tournament. Then finished up the season serving as a Syracuse warm-up in the tournament. Biggest win was over Duke but lost to Syracuse twice and Florida by a combined score of 13-57, clearly showing they belong in the bottom 20. (johnnyboy) — #14. 16th in defense, not top 50 in scoring. Senior class 42-23!! (Justalaxdad) — Green Grope for Greatness. Even Rafter will admit that the Green were not great this season, just average for them. Some nice wins and some tough games too. They are the best of the Ivy, but that is damning them with faint praise. (Lionwatcher) — #14. There have been more than a few theories posited concerning Rafterjack. However, if one simply trawls for answers in the shallows of Rafter River, the catch is plenteous. Take for example, his beloved Dartmouth. They lose to the Cuse twice by a combined 37-9, Gators 20-4, Princeton 12-9, and Harvard 7-5. Yet they beat Cornell twice, Duke and Penn. Could that not correlate very easily with manic depressive tendencies? Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard! (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 12-5. (MDLaxManiac) — #15. (mytwokeepers) — No 15. Down one. Another fine season for the Big Green (in Ivy and at home, but can't seem to break into very top again can Amy!) Two victories over UPenn, Ivy tourney victors and recipients of AQ bid this year. Had six times bowed to Quakers prior to this season. (Rafterjack) — #11. Stick with Syracuse for one half but then get left in the jet wash. Sayanora, Sarah Plumb. (slides2) — Ivy champs Big Green are close to a breakout ... will 2013 be their year? (socrlaxdad) — #18. Rafterjack will WILL them upward. (Turtles Lax) — Rafterman enjoys Ivy Championship, but the trip to the Dome ends season, but 15-5 result far better than 22-4 nightmare. (UnderArmourOdor)

Towson: 16-4, but a first-round loss to Penn State confirms the Tigers are just outside the top 10 - finishing at 11. (DallasLaxDad) — Mary Teeters was a key ingredient to the success of the Tigers in 2012; the combination of her and Alexa Demski in the back and Sarah Appelt up front made Towson a very dangerous team. This was not a team made up of a bunch of superstars; this was a team that worked very well together with a great deal of talent. (draw18) — #13. (fanofall) — #15. The Tigers (16-4) were the leaders in one goal victories this year sweeping the Colonial regular season and tournament. They own one win over Loyola along with lopsided losses to Syracuse, Maryland and PSU to go 1-3 vs. top 20 teams. (johnnyboy) — #13. 8th in defense, not top 50 in scoring. Senior class 53-22!!! Teeters era is over, but most of team returning. (Justalaxdad) — Towson Tiger Tops. Won their tournament and got a seed, but not sure they should have as the Nittany Lions exposed them in the NCAAs. Good season for them, and it will be interesting to see if they can build on this next year. (Lionwatcher) — #15. Some thought the Tigers would tumble this year. A 10-game win streak? A 16-4 season? Fuhgeddaboutit! Ain't gonna happen! Wouldn't be prudent at this juncture. So much for those naysayers! Great year Towson! As long as you believe in you; anything's possible! (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 16-4. (MDLaxManiac) — #11. (mytwokeepers) — No 14. Up from 19. Did what needed doing to gain respectability, Towson Tigers (which had seemed to have drained away from them of late). (Rafterjack) — #14. After emotional win to sew up CAA, cannot pull selves together against Penn State. What a career, Mary Teeters! (slides2) — CAA champ Tigers were ousted in the NCAA first round. (socrlaxdad) — #11. Big rebuild awaits; yes, they can. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers get the 8th seed and make the committee look bad when they get Penn State (who took lots of heat for being in the dance) and just are mauled by the other big Cats! (UnderArmourOdor)

Ohio State: Despite missing out on the NCAAs, the Buckeyes had quite a season and close out my top 10. (DallasLaxDad) — Alayna Markwordt had a deft touch around the goal circle, and it showed in her ability to generate goals for her team, either in scoring or assisting. Gabby Capuzzi’s contributions everywhere else around the field kept OSU knocking on the door. With Tori DeScenza and Jackie Cifarelli around for a few more years, the Buckeyes will remain in the national race. (draw18) — #10. (fanofall) — #13. The Buckeyes (11-6) probably played their best ball against the best competition on their schedule (8-10 vs. UF; 12-13 OT vs. NU; and 4-5 to UF again) but all ending in losses. With no other wins over top 20 teams, OSU will help fill the bottom of my top 20. (johnnyboy) — #23. 9th in defense, 19th in scoring. Senior class 41-27! (Justalaxdad) — Horseshoes, Hand Grenades Hamper Hopes. Close only counts in ... and the Buckeyes were close more times than not, but never got the signature win. (Lionwatcher) — #13. TOSU loses twice to the (then) ranked #1 team and once to the (then) ranked #2 by a total of FOUR goals. No, they didn't dance this year, but rest assured that Arthur Murray will be working overtime in Columbus this summer. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 11-6. (MDLaxManiac) — #12. (mytwokeepers) — No. 17. Down from 12. Shagged out of ALC some great performances followed by some weak ones. More consistency will get it done in 2013, Buckeyes. (Rafterjack) — #16. On the outside looking in at the end, but a season of encouraging developments. Will be hard to replace the tremendous Alayna Markwordt. (slides2) — Buckeyes lost every game they had against a ranked opponent in 2012. (socrlaxdad) — #17. Will miss departing senior class but in capable hands. (Turtles Lax) — Doesn’t go silently as the ALC semi is a proud effort against the Gators ... but no ticket to the dance! (UnderArmourOdor)

Cornell: The Big Red has a breakout year but doesn't get invited to dance. -#15. (D-Lax) — 11-5 and no. 18. (DallasLaxDad) — With Caki Helmer leading the way for the Big Red, Cornell returned to the national stage this season. This under-the-radar team had the ability to challenge, and they did, making life tough for some opponents. Jessi Steinberg was there to pump in goals for Cornell, who have shown they need to be considered in a top-20 discussion. (draw18) — #14. I think the Big Red had one of their best squads in a long time but still could not pass the traditional Ivy leaders in what some would argue was a down year for the league (11-5). Three biggest wins were over Harvard, Princeton and Loyola. (johnnyboy) — #16. 28th in defense, 9th in scoring. 11-win season is 5 better than previous year. (Justalaxdad) — Real Red Resurgence. Cornell has been down for a few years, but it looks like they could be back to stay. Or was it just a down Ivy that made them look better? (Lionwatcher) — #10. Like I've done most of this year, Cornell is my top-rated Ivy. IF they could have only gotten by Dartmouth ... (No truth to the rumor that LGL provided a certain Green fan with dolls.) Cornell has more bad luck against the Green than Rafter has malapropisms. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 11-5. (MDLaxManiac) — #14. (mytwokeepers) — #15. Possibly the winner of the non-coveted best of the unchosen distinction. Au revoir Jessi Steinberg. (slides2) — Big Red are the best team left out of post-season play. (socrlaxdad) — #10. (Turtles Lax) — Takes the stiffest poll plunge when the loss to Dartmouth ends their season. (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: I really have trouble putting a 9-8 team at no. 16, but the Quakers did make the NCAAs and did take Loyola to OT. (DallasLaxDad) — Erin Brennan and Maddie Poplawski combined to lead Penn throughout the season; the Red and Blue were able to stick true to their game plan and make things difficult for their opponents. Emily Leitner was a great last line of defense that made it easier for the Quakers to manage the game as they wanted. (draw18) — #14. (fanofall) — #21. Somehow the Quakers (9-8) took the Ivy League regular season crown. With their best W coming vs. Cornell, it is a struggle to give Penn a top 20 ranking. (johnnyboy) — #15. 20th in defense, not top 50 in scoring. Senior class 50-21!!! (Justalaxdad) — Penn Pundits Perplexed. I think a lot more was expected in the City of brotherly Love this year. Not only are they not top 10 but not even top 2 in the Ivy. I suspect we will see more from them next year. (Lionwatcher) — #17. I'm not a fan of ranking 9-8 teams, but they did win the Ivy League and danced with Loyola to OT. Small roster, big injuries; not a great prognosis for a winning season, all things considered. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 9-8. (MDLaxManiac) — #16. (mytwokeepers) — No. 8. Up from 13. UPenn with what? As usual, grit/defense. Nearly snatched one away from Jen. Gained my respect despite not being able this year to solve Dartmouth. New Princeton Tigers in the Ivy pantheon? (Rafterjack) — #9. Showed heart before losing to Loyola in OT. Best wishes, Erin Brennan and Emily Leitner. (slides2) — Quakers were the best of a overall down Ivy League. (socrlaxdad) — #15. Will remain mired in the lower tier unless and until they decide scoring goals is a good way to win lacrosse games. (Turtles Lax) — Fightin’ Quakers are the best 9-8 team this year, as they take the Hounds into overtime. (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: Inconsistent season, but they give the Orange a tough one in the Big East tourney. -#19. (D-Lax) — 9-8 and didn't earn a tournament spot, so the Hoyas don't earn a spot on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — The solid play of Sophia Thomas and Kelly Barnes all season long for the Hoyas gave them a seat at the national table. GU was an even-keeled team throughout the season, showing great promise with the win over UNC. A host of attackers allowed the Hoyas to keep defenses moving, and GU was, perhaps, a goal away from the tournament. (draw18) — #15. (fanofall) — #17. A so-so season for the Hoyas (9-8) in 2012 as their offense could not compensate for weak defense and goal play. Did manage a win over UNC and threw a 1-goal scare into Loyola, Notre Dame, and Syracuse. (johnnyboy) — #17. 41st in defense, 21st in scoring. Senior class 44-28! (Justalaxdad) — Schedule Sinks Season. Almost all of the Hoyas losses are against top 10 teams (Hop excepted). Almost upset the Cuse in the Big East. That being said, I think this was a bit of reloading year after tough losses to graduation. (Lionwatcher) — Ends the 2012 season 9-8. Another roller coaster season for Ricky Fried and the Hoyas. Lots of talent and potential this team has, even with the help of GS K. Coleman they end 2012 1 game above .500. (MDLaxManiac) — #21. (mytwokeepers) — Hoyas finish second to UVa as "most enigmatic" - yet only one of their 8 losses was to a team outside the top 10. (socrlaxdad) — #19. New additions to coaching staff will improve Hoyas' chances in 2013. (Turtles Lax) — Second best 9-8 team. (UnderArmourOdor)

Stony Brook: Stony Brook on the way up, showing signs of what might be in the future. -#20. (D-Lax) — 14-5 earns the Seawolves my vote for 19. (DallasLaxDad) — The Seawolves welcomed Joe Spallina and his transfers to Stony Brook, and they did not disappoint. Claire Petersen showed the same scoring touch that earned her Player of the Year accolades last year. With Demmianne Cooke and Frankie Caridi also answering the challenge and Michelle Rubino making a statement in her first year, SBU quickly made an impact on the game. (draw18) — #19. (fanofall) — #20. With a win over Hopkins and Albany, the Seawolves (14-5) gave us another team to consider before faltering in their tournament final to Albany. Certainly get the nod for most improved. (johnnyboy) — #12. 14th in defense, 12th in scoring. Improved win total over prior year by 10!!! Plenty of talent back. (Justalaxdad) — Spallina's Seawolves Seek Salvation. Meteoric rise of the Seawolves should continue with the talent from the Island staying home. (Lionwatcher) — #18. Unlike every other year for the past decade, Joe F.O. Spallina's name will not be associated with any of this year's top openings. What he did at the Brook was nothing short of proving to a league of doubters that it ain't just his accent that got him where he is! He can flat-out coach and he's got a pretty good eye for talent, too. Now IF he could only explain those pictures with LGL. (Lucky Laxer) — Ends the 2012 season 14-5. The Spallina era has started and the Seawolves end the first season under the new coach in my Top 10! Watch-out, SBU will be better next year! (MDLaxManiac) — #20. (mytwokeepers) — No. 18. Down from 15. New guys on the block held themselves up fairly well. Faded some late losing out to Albany in conference. (Rafterjack) — #20. Seawolves under Spallina make a splash, and we surely have not heard the last from this quarter. (slides2) — #25. The most overrated team in the history of women's lacrosse. So, why are the here? Just wanted to say ... jus' sayin '. (Turtles Lax) — C-Wolves take a season ending loss to Great Danes after LGL raises Spallina excitement bar! (UnderArmourOdor)

Johns Hopkins: 9-9 and unranked on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — Taylor D’Amore is an impact player, and with the level of talent around her, like Colleen McCaffrey, Candace Rossi, and Alyssa Kildare, the Hop placed itself in a good position this season. With KC Emerson showing she can play on the national stage, there’s no reason to shed any tears at Homewood. The Blue Jays showed fight all season long, and they were clearly a player in the national scene. (draw18) — #17. (fanofall) — #16. JHU (9-9). Managed some high profile Ws with victories over Penn St., Ohio St., Princeton, Harvard, Georgetown and Towson and battled some other superior teams rather well. Despite the 9 losses, I have to give the Blue Jays more props than some teams with better records who fared more poorly against the top 20. (johnnyboy) — #22. 30th in defense, tied for 40th in scoring. Beat Penn State, Ohio State then lost by 4 to NU to end season. (Justalaxdad) — Jays Jumbled Journey. Good wins and bad losses doomed the Blue Jays to bottom half of the Poll. If they can find some consistency they can be a threat in the ALC. (Lionwatcher) — Ends the 2012 season 9-9. Started the season strong and then fell apart in April and fizzled at the end of the season at .500. (MDLaxManiac) — #17. (mytwokeepers) — No. 16. No change. Are back IMHO. A strong season. Look for even better things from Hopkins women, do I in 2013! (Rafterjack) — #17. Jays never quite there, but always trouble for somebody. Back home to Long Island for Candace Rossi, Alyssa Kildare, and Colleen McCaffrey. (slides2) — Blue Jays beat some good teams ... but a 6-game losing streak mid-season did them in. (socrlaxdad) — #23. Win big games ... and lose just as many less important ones. (Turtles Lax) — Hop gets to 9-8 beating PSU and OSU, but loss to the Empire in ALC semis is end of the road for the best 9-9 team. (UnderArmourOdor)

Navy: The Mids have nothing to be ashamed of in a first-round loss to North Carolina. At 18-3, I have Navy where I had them entering the post-season, at no. 12. (DallasLaxDad) — #18. Navy (18-3) had another admiral season and distinguished themselves as the undisputed gem of the Patriot League ocean. The 2012 season will mark another, methodical step forward under Coach Timchal in advancing Navy's overall program. (johnnyboy) — #19. 6th in defense, 7th in scoring. Senior class an impressive 63-18!!!! (Justalaxdad) — Timchal Team Takes Title. Patriot League leader gets play in win before the Heels give them a what for. All in all a good year for the Navy. The question is can they do better than bottom 20 with the master at the helm. (Lionwatcher) — #19. An 18-3 record, a Patriot League championship and a win in the play-in to get to the Dance should be considered a successful year. Why do we hear rumblings? Perhaps the women should bolster their schedule with non-conference games commensurate to the men's team? What say ye, Mr. Gladchuk? (Lucky Laxer) — #25. (mytwokeepers) — No. 20. Up from 23. Beat Ducks in play-in and performed creditably. (Rafterjack) — #19. Another successful season for Mids comes to end in first round of NCAAs. Much firepower coming back next year. (slides2) — Patriot champs again, the Mids will have to find a way to get past an NCAA first-round game on the road ... 'cause they'll likely see that again in 2013. (socrlaxdad) — #12. Still a fan. (Turtles Lax) — Patriot champs have to travel to UNC for first-round game ... Battleship was met with more love! (UnderArmourOdor)

Albany: The AE tournament was kind to the Great Danes' ranking, and a two-goal loss to Florida doesn't hurt either. Albany at no. 14. (DallasLaxDad) — #18. (fanofall) — #19. The Great Danes (12-6) were all but written off by the D1 women's lax world in 2012 as a top 20 team. But Coach Battaglino proved what is most important is how you finish avenging earlier losses to BU and Stony Brook in the America East tournament before narrowly bowing to the powerful UF Gators, 4-6, in the NCAA tournament. (johnnyboy) — #19. (mytwokeepers) — No. 11. Up from not listed. Came out of nowhere for me. Won their tourney and threw big scare into Gators. Seem strong but coach change now. (Rafterjack) — #18. Danes muzzle Florida chomp-chomp and almost pull off upset. Auf wiedersehen, Jenn Primeau. (slides2) — America East champs ... NCAA first-round exit. A good season for the Great Danes. (socrlaxdad) — #14. Sound coaching gets the dogs further than expected with regularity. (Turtles Lax) — Great Danes get past Stony Brook and do well in first round in low-scoring game against the Gators. (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston College: The arrival of Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick to Boston College gave the Eagles a pair of talented freshmen that complimented Kristen Igoe and company. This BC team is a talented lot that had the potential for great promise and a possible return trip to the NCAA tournament. (draw18) — #21. Tied for 34th in defense, 20th in scoring. Senior class 43-30! (Justalaxdad) — #16. Lose to UVa, UNC and Duke by four goals combined and get fired. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play? Can't say I agree with it, but the ACC's not for the faint of heart. (Lucky Laxer) — #23. Disappointing season and end of Bowen Holden era. Best of luck to Acacia Walker and also to the redoubtable Kristin Igoe. (slides2)

Harvard: #18. 4th in defense, not top 50 in scoring. 5-1 in final six games. (Justalaxdad) — Harvard's Heads High. Crimson seem to be getting a little better each year. Will their climb continue? (Lionwatcher) — #18. (mytwokeepers) — #24. Made strides to get to Ivy tourney. (slides2)

Vanderbilt: Ally Carey is one of the most dynamic and talented players in the game today; her ability to do whatever Vanderbilt needed is a big reason why the ‘Dores were able to play a role on the national stage. The emergence of the Connors twins helped keep Vandy relevant. While Carey will be sorely missed in Nashville, but Vandy does have a host of talent coming back. (draw18) — #24. 44th in defense, 46th in scoring. Senior class 40-28! (Justalaxdad) — Ends the 2012 season 8-8. (MDLaxManiac) — #23. (mytwokeepers) — #22. 'Dores always seem to be falling just short, but they give it their all. Ally Carey not to be forgotten any time soon. (slides2)

Princeton: 8-7 and unranked on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — #20. (fanofall) — #25. Tigers left scratching heads over baffling season. Lose a fine defender in Lindsey deButts. (slides2)

Oregon: The MPSF championship, a 14-5 record, and an OT away from making the NCAA tournament earn the Ducks my final spot. (DallasLaxDad) — Unranked - We'll give the Ducks (14-5) an honorable mention for taking the MPSF title for the first time before bowing to Navy in their playoff game. (johnnyboy) — No. 19. Up from 20. Another emerging program. Gained map, methinks. Won Mountain conference over late charging Denver. (Rafterjack) — #20. Queens of the Left Coast? Yep, they are. (Turtles Lax)

James Madison: #20. 18th in defense, 40th in scoring. Senior class 48-25!! (Justalaxdad) — #20. The Dukes took a few shots to the gut with injury, two one-goal losses to Towson and others to Harvard, Richmond and Stanford. Hang in there, the Cavalry is coming! They get my 20 over those "pedigreed" .500 and close to .500 teams. (Lucky Laxer) — #21. Make it close in CAA final. Hope Casey Ancarrow gets another shot next year. (slides2)

Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Denver:

. Boston University: Loss to Albany in the AE tournament drops the Terriers off my final ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — #22. (mytwokeepers) — #22. (Turtles Lax)

. Jacksonville: Unranked - Another honorable mention to the Dolphins (14-5) for earning their first NLC crown. (johnnyboy) — #25. Tied for 11th in defense, 1st in scoring. Junior class now 38-20!! (Justalaxdad)

. Fairfield: Ends the 2012 season 13-4. For the third year in a row they win the regular season going undefeated in the MAAC only to lose in the championship game. Needs to play stronger schedule. Lots of great players standing on the sidelines watching the losses each year. (MDLaxManiac)

. Stanford: #24. (mytwokeepers)

. Canisius: #21. (Turtles Lax)

. High Point: #24. (Turtles Lax)

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