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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2013

LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #2
February 18, 2013

RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Florida (3-0)W UNC 5-3, W Jacks. 15-4, W High Point 13-730672
2Northwestern (2-0)W UMass 16-4, W USC 18-530453
3Maryland (2-0)W Richmond 20-7, W Syracuse 19-1130244
4Syracuse (1-1)L Maryland 11-192631
5North Carolina (2-1)L Florida 3-5, W Towson 9-6, W Richmond 14-72455
6Duke (4-0)W Va. Tech 17-9, W Presby. 23-0, W Richmond 18-10, W Wm. & Mary 15-82437
7Virginia (1-0)W Loyola 10-92129
8Loyola (0-1)L Virginia 9-101926
9Penn State (0-0)1848
10Notre Dame (1-0)W Stanford 12-1016710
11Penn (0-0)15011
12Dartmouth (0-0)12212
13Towson (0-1)L UNC 6-910214
14Georgetown (1-0)W Delaware 16-128913
15Massachusetts (2-1)L Northwestern 4-16, W USC 18-9, W LIU 21-88816
16Stony Brook (1-0)W Bucknell 20-56317
17Boston College (1-0)W Holy Cross 17-85818
18Harvard (0-0)4620
19Johns Hopkins (1-0)W Old Dominion 20-1043NR
20tPrinceton (0-0)28NR
20tOhio State (0-1)L Louisville 11-122815
Others receiving votes: Cornell (21), Louisville (18), Denver (16), Navy (14), Stanford (13), High Point (10), Albany (10), Boston University (9), Jacksonville (6), James Madison (6), Hofstra (2)

Number of voters: 16 (Artemis3, D-Lax, DallasLaxDad, draw18, johnnyboy, LadyLaker, LAF1, Laxword, Lionwatcher, mytwokeepers, Rafterjack, Seinfeld, slides2, socrlaxdad, Turtles Lax, UnderArmourOdor)

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Florida: Meagher looks good so far. The rest of the team will step up in due time. (Artemis3) — The new #1. (D-Lax) — I'm moving Florida to the top for no better reason than I had them at #2 in my preseason poll and Syracuse lost. Three nice wins help justify that move. (DallasLaxDad) — The Gators have a heavy weight—self-imposed, to be sure—on them, but this team has the talent to accept it and shoulder it. With experience coming from an ALC title and a semifinal appearance, and talent in spades all over the field, UF is going to follow up its performance from 2012 easily. (draw18) — #1. My new top team - may you last longer in the top spot than my old #1. Quality win over the Heels. (johnnyboy) — I am still believing ... believing High Point is the real deal this season and gave these Gators a bite of their own medicine. (LadyLaker) — Florida has yet to be tested. I had them 1 so they stay 1. (Lionwatcher) — Moves up one slot based on their baseball-like victory over UNC. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 3, Toss-up, kind of ... Duke streaking smartly out of the gate (as they didn't last year, necessarily) but not quite ready to demote Gator. Some around you though, you Over-Grown-Snapping-Turtle, looking like pretty big boys. Flash them teeth! (Rafterjack) — #2. Everything according to script: Gators stifle UNC and easily thwart ambitions of Jacksonville and High Point. (slides2) — Gators struggled a bit against High Point ... but three road wins to open the season is strong. (socrlaxdad) — #3. No longer content with the NCAA Fall Ball Championships they earned ... err, "claimed," Gators finally beat an ACC team after some 43 attempts. Then whipped the game High Point Panthers. (Turtles Lax) — Gators rolling after the baseball score against the Heels! (UnderArmourOdor)

Northwestern: Cats look as they usually do ... good. (Artemis3) — Move up to #2 by virtue of Syracuse's loss to Maryland but need to be tested by top teams. (D-Lax) — I've got the defending champs at No. 3 now. Friday, we get our first good comparison between some of the top dogs when the Cats visit Carolina. (DallasLaxDad) — With Bridget Bianco anchoring the defense and the attack being run by a deep committee, the Wildcats are ready for all takers. Alyssa Leonard is adding to her repertoire, showing she is much more than a draw specialist. With a number of players available to put the ball in the cage, NU is just fine. (draw18) — #3. Cats get edged out of upward move in my poll by Terp's margin of victory. (johnnyboy) — Solid domination over UMass and USC puts them at my #3. (LadyLaker) — Off impressive wins on the West Coast, the defending champs move to number 2. With Leonard on the draw, the Cats get a lot of possessions, and with possession they know how to score. Bianco looks impressive, and that is bad news for the opponents. (Lionwatcher) — Firmly entrenched in the top slot. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 1. Staying at the top for now- out of the gate at a nice easy lope - win by 12, by 13 and at Carolina (22nd) - which should start to color in nat'l picture some (night game, 7 PM). (Rafterjack) — #3. Group hug and alumnae reunion in easy wins against UMass and USC in LA. UNC will be stiffer test. (slides2) — 'Cats hold true to form with big wins to start the season. (socrlaxdad) — #2. Off week and trying to keep tans intact. (Turtles Lax) — I saw Battle Los Angeles Death Star ravages tinsel town, Coliseum vaporized, panic, destruction, bad short ... just another day for the Empire! (UnderArmourOdor)

Maryland: Solid win for the Terps on the road at Syracuse. Anyone still doubt Schwarzmann is the best player in the country? (Artemis3) — Dominated Syracuse on the draw circle and was balanced on all areas of the field - #3. (D-Lax) — It's really a coin toss between Florida and the Terps for No. 1 at this early point. Dominating win over Syracuse made a case for Maryland to claim the top spot, but I settled for No. 2 for the reasons stated in my Florida comments. (DallasLaxDad) — Anyone who has Katie Schwarzmann on the field is going to have a couple extra points on both sides of the ball to start. Add in Kelly McPartland and Alex Aust the excitement continues to grow. With the talented group of rookies in the mix, the Terps are well positioned for the future. (draw18) — #2. Wow - beat the Orange - convincingly - in the Dome. Leap to runner-up in my poll. (johnnyboy) — MD vaults two places to my #1. Dominated one of the few competitive games this week. (LadyLaker) — Terps take trip to the Northlands and make a statement that they are a team to be reckoned with. They can score, and it's impressive to hold the Orange to 11. (Lionwatcher) — Moves up to my second slot. After all, they dismantled Syracuse and Taylor Cummings has exhibited her ability to be a force on the draw. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 2. O, O, O! IMPRESSIVE! O, O, O! Got to love Terps! In the Dome ... Two games: 25 goals, six assists (Schwartzman, Aust, Cummings) "Aust-schwartzman-ness", Cummings! :-) Juggernaut? (Rafterjack) — #1. Watch out for the Terps! We knew they could score, but defense is also solid, and Kasey Howard is holding her own in goal. (slides2) — Vindicated that I ranked the Terps ahead of 'Cuse in the preseason poll. (socrlaxdad) — #1. Terps now halfway through a truly tough four-game season-opening schedule. (Turtles Lax) — Comments from TL presser: “I’d like to apologize for my unruly behavior. There is no excuse for such blatant displays!” JAP inspired “Terps can score and play D and get saves!” (UnderArmourOdor)

Syracuse: Sloppy play from the Orange - 14 turnovers in this one. Their youth showed. Tumolo had a solid outing. Richardson struggled. (Artemis3) — Much better team than the one they showed up as in the Dome on Sunday. Expect the real deal to play Virginia on Sunday - #4. (D-Lax) — Oops! Nineteen goals against? The Orange fall to #6, and that's probably too generous. (DallasLaxDad) — The Orange have a host of talent on this team, starting up top with Tumolo and Murray. The Block sisters are solid in the defense, and Syracuse will remain in the upper echelon of the sport. They might start off slow, but they will close with a bang. (draw18) — #4. My preseason #1 ... lasted only one poll. Must be pacing themselves. (johnnyboy) — Orange got their butts handed to them by the Terps. You gotta win those big ones, even in February. (LadyLaker) — Disappointed with the Orange showing against the Terps. Need to shore up the back line. (Lionwatcher) — The decisive loss to Maryland drops Syracuse from #2 to #5. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 5. Ouch! Did I say, OUCH? Guess so ... AND, though, seems more about Terps (awesomeness ... ) than about Orange, their comeuppance, no? Early welcome to ACC? Maybe move to Rocky Mount now? (Rafterjack) — #4. No answer for Schwarzmann and company. Can Orange now get over annual Virginia bugaboo? (slides2) — The Orange were squeezed by the Terps in the Dome? That's bit of a surprise and costs them a couple of spots in the poll. (socrlaxdad) — #5. Beat Terps in Turtle Town last season but couldn't hold serve in the Dome. (Turtles Lax) — Hmm, a real bad day in the Dome. Underdog Hoos next up! (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: 1-1 start for the Heels is not bad. But the offense hasn't shown much yet. Twelve goals in two games isn't the start they hoped for, but they will come around. (Artemis3) — Lose to Florida in a defensive masterpiece, then beat Towson in another defensive gem. Hmmm. We'll see Friday if this No. 5 ranking is deserved. (DallasLaxDad) — The Tar Heels have a number of players ready to step up and lead UNC back to the final weekend. Kara Cannizzaro is the leader of this team now, and with her leadership and the veteran experience of other players, UNC is back. (draw18) — #5. Looks like defense will carry the Heels in early going. Loss to UF not unexpected. Yeah, I saw the low score. But I also saw them hold Gators to 5 goals and holding Towson to 6 is pretty impressive too. Stay my #5. (johnnyboy) — Disappointing loss to Florida, but then two expected wins. The roller coaster UNC schedule begins! I think they can spell havoc for some top 5 teams. (LadyLaker) — Tar Heels start off well, although the showing against the Towson Tigers either says much about the Tigers or does not bode well for the Heels. Defense looks strong, but can the offense be stopped. (Lionwatcher) — Despite the baseball-like 5-3 loss to Florida, UNC remains at #4. Florida passes them on the way up, and Syracuse passes them on the way down. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 6. Heels watching worlds collide all around them? Yikes. Likely to be, 2 and 2 (NU coming up) soon. Think thus/then look forward to getting out of the South (at Penn, Mar. 2). (Rafterjack) — #5. Quality of opposition counts, as Heels offense dormant vs. Florida, sluggish vs. Towson, but liberated vs. Richmond. (slides2) — 'Heels lost to Gators in a close one to open the season ... no poll slippage at this point. (socrlaxdad) — #7. Fairly significant W over Towson ... but concerns about scoring (lack thereof, actually) abound. (Turtles Lax) — Doubling up the Spiders is good, but four-game home stand ends with the Death Star's trip from the West Coast ... sequel “Fetzer in Flames” only if it doesn’t rain! (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: A pair of wins for the Blue Devils against two lesser teams is a good way to start the season. (Artemis3) — At #6, but a team that needs to play the top tier programs to truly be tested. When does ACC play start? (D-Lax) — 4-0 is good enough to be ranked No. 4. We'll see next Sunday if Duke has enough to be moved to the top. (DallasLaxDad) — The Duke cabinet is once again stacked, and the class Kirsten Kimel brought in only deepens the pool. Taylor Virden is older and wiser, and she will be a key player for the Blue Devils in 2013. Add the talent of Quirke and Salamone and the experience of Gaiss in the cage, and DU can make another run. (draw18) — #7. Record at 4-0. Results predictable, no movement for Duke in my rankings. (johnnyboy) — Wins but not over any team that outranks them. So wins, but expected wins. (LadyLaker) — The Blue Devils have started strong, particularly on the offensive end. The competition will get stronger, and we will learn more. (Lionwatcher) — Three wins by a combined 58-19 means one of two things ... You are very good or your competition isn't. In this case it's a combination of the two. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 4. Methinks learned small lesson last season. So this, are determined to start things off well. Meet already operating on ... 'Damn the Torpedoes, FULL, FULL, FULL speed ahead, Terps (there) 24th. Talk about meteors colliding. Where's my shield? (Rafterjack) — #6. So far so good for Dookies, who are getting decent production from Kerrin Maurer, Makenzie Hommel, and Taylor Trimble, but tougher opposition awaits at Terpdome. (slides2) — Duke beat their first four opponents at home ... opponents with a combined record of 1-9. So far that doesn't say anything about this team. Visiting the Terps this week will tell us something. (socrlaxdad) — #10. Proved how tough they were by throttling defenseless Presbyterian. TL not impressed. Duke officials aver Terps' departure to the B1G is to blame. ;-) (Turtles Lax) — Duke has another quick start going, but a trip to see TL looms! (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: Nice win on the road for the Hoos, who looked shaky in the first half against Loyola. Great half time adjustments on offense and a solid performance from Kolarik. (Artemis3) — Is Virginia on its way back up? - #7. (D-Lax) — With the win at Loyola, the Hoos have to be in front of Loyola. No. 8. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cavaliers did a nice job in their opener, thanks in large part to transfer Casey Bocklet who led the Hoos in the scoring column. Virginia had added nice depth to the squad and will be able to parlay that into wins down the road. They have to keep challenging themselves with the schedule. (draw18) — #14. Hoos take Loyola's spot from my previous poll and jump two spots with their W over Greyhounds. Looks like UVa defense may be their stronger unit this year. (johnnyboy) — I am drinking the UAO/LL Koolaid, but just this week. The win over Loyola was a solid, but I foresee inconsistent play in this team's future. (LadyLaker) — Switched spots with the Greyhounds. Have the Hoos regained their edge, or will we see the see saw Hoos of the past? (Lionwatcher) — Not overly impressive in their one-goal victory over Loyola, but since I thought the Hounds would win, UVa jumps 5 spots. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 7. Not sure who I thought would prevail here (with Loyola). UVa hasn't gotten good early starts always. See what Orange meeting (24th) brings after Spiders (20th). Both away. Opening 2012 won against these same three (Loy., Rich., Syr.) then proceeded to lose three. (Rafterjack) — #7. Casey Bocklet has impressive debut to lead Hoos over Loyola. (slides2) — 'Hoos win a close one at Loyola ... worth a few spots in the poll to nudge ahead of the 'Hounds. (socrlaxdad) — #4. Solid cage play prevailed in W over Loyola. Kolarik was a bit studlier in this battle of stud goalies. (Turtles Lax) — Hoos flea Hounds and some pollsters Doghouse. (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: Tough loss to the Hoos, but this very young team shows some real talent. Wolf had a solid debut in goal. (Artemis3) — No. 9, reflecting the number of goals scored by the Greyhounds in their one-goal loss to Virginia. (DallasLaxDad) — The Greyhounds showed a lot of promise in their opener, with a number of players demonstrating the ability to make plays against a quality opponent. The experience they gain in the early part of the season will be a major factor as they go through the homestretch of the season in a few months. (draw18) — #16. JA has to find a way to get her quick striking attack more draw possessions. Not surprised at this loss. (johnnyboy) — Come on HOUNDS! You can't let those games slip out of your hands. (LadyLaker) — Hounds look like they will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Need more information before the report card can be completed. (Lionwatcher) — Loyola drops five spots with their loss to UVa. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 8. Too early for me yet. Both 'Hoos and Greyhounds a little misty on the horizon ... do KNOW they good but ask ME about Dartmouth. I, Yankee. We can't wait for March - Mud Time/slump (Gators visiting Hanover). (Rafterjack) — #8. Good news: Molly Wolf looks like legitimate successor to Kerry Stoothoff. Bad news: Hounds can't summon necessary offense to beat UVa at home. (slides2) — The 'Hounds and their freshman goalie lose a 1-goal thriller to UVa. That costs a couple of ranking spots ... but what does it do to this young team's confidence? (socrlaxdad) — #6. Disjointed effort led to surprising (at least to TL) loss to the 'Hoos. Jen Adams was realllly mad when she noted just one (one!) assist for the 'Hounds. (Turtles Lax) — Wolf Hound has nice debut. Next up a date with We Are ... so eshea won’t have too far to travel! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn State: They haven't played, so I'm not moving the Lions from the No. 7 spot I had them in the pre-season poll. (DallasLaxDad) — Tatum Coffey is back for the Nittany Lions, one of a host of solid veterans for PSU that helped the squad return to the NCAA tournament. With Maggie McCormick providing firepower up front and Cat Layne leading down low in the defense, a number of talented sophs are ready to keep the streak going. (draw18) — #6. Nittanies were idle - so are my comments regarding PSU. (johnnyboy) — Raising lots of money for cancer. Better than playing lacrosse. (Lionwatcher) — Waiting to begin. (mytwokeepers) — #11. Not yet in action. (slides2) — No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad) — #9. (Turtles Lax) — The battle in Charm City will be a good one after a tune-up with the Bison after what the Spawolves did to them! (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: Hard fought win on the road at Stanford. Irish defense looked sloppy. (Artemis3) — The Irish treaded water on the West Coast and stay at No. 10. (DallasLaxDad) — The Irish have a balanced attack, and that ability to distribute the ball and have multiple scorers will wreak havoc on opposing defenses. At the other end of the field, Ellie Hilling leads a veteran defense that has experience. With Shawan mentoring rookies like Peragallo, the Irish will be ok. (draw18) — #8. Irish fail to impress despite the win - true to past form. (johnnyboy) — Tough game against the Cardinal, either says the Cardinal has rebuilt after a difficult season, or that the Irish could have some questions. (Lionwatcher) — Close victory over Stanford leaves me wondering ... I have no idea about what, but I wonder. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 10. Not impressive at Stanford. Down 7-2 at half, etc. (Rafterjack) — #9. Escape Stanford with big second half rally. (slides2) — Solid road win over Stanford keeps the Irish at #8. (socrlaxdad) — Irish escape Frisco “what show said they hate that?” when they realized if they didn’t bring some “Blue Cheer” and catch a “Jefferson Airplane” out of town with a win, they were going to be “Grateful Dead” in the poll. (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: The Quakers haven't opened, so they stay at #14. (DallasLaxDad) — The Quakers have a solid group of returners, ready to keep Penn in the national discussion. Maddie Poplawski leads a solid group that includes Meredith Cain and Caroline Tomchik, giving the Quakers experience all over the field. Tayt Foussadier is back for her soph. season after a solid rookie year. (draw18) — #11. No games yet, as Quakers stay in the Ivy League calendar Penn. (johnnyboy) — Leaving Penn in my top 10 even though they haven't started the season. I am going Quaker and "everybody's a winner!" (LadyLaker) — Still practicing and studying. (Lionwatcher) — Waiting to begin. (mytwokeepers) — #10. Not yet in action. (slides2) — No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad) — #17. (Turtles Lax) — See Big Green response, but the answer is: “The Penn is mightier than the 0-1s!” (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: The Women of Dartmouth will be led by Kristen Giovanniello in the cage, and when you have experience and talent like her as a goalkeeper, it sets a positive tone for the rest of the team. The Big Green has experience up and down the field, and it will be key for players who have been a part. (draw18) — #17. Is anything Green in New Hampshire after getting 2 feet of snow? (johnnyboy) — They haven't started yet, but this team is playing a good schedule, and I give the Green lots of leprechaun love for not "dancing" their way through their non-conference slots. (LadyLaker) — Still practicing and studying. (Lionwatcher) — Waiting to start. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking:12. We remember spring trip to Florida. Vividly. Hmmm? Go Green! (Rafterjack) — #12. Not yet in action. (slides2) — No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad) — #11. (Turtles Lax) — See 1st post below “Why do you rank a team that hasn’t played a game?” Answer: rafterman sent me the “Rank them or I shoot the dog!” photo! (UnderArmourOdor)

Towson: Towson with a close one against UNC. Moves up to #14. Could this be their breakthrough year? (D-Lax) — I hesitate keeping an 0-1 squad at No. 11, but the Tigers' loss was to North Carolina in what was a close game until late, so Towson stays put. (DallasLaxDad) — #10. Keeping Tigers here - was a loss but to a higher ranked team. (johnnyboy) — Close loss to UNC is more insight of how good Towson can be than UNC being unprepared. I am still believing this team can be a late-season spoiler! (LadyLaker) — After respectable trip to Chapel Hill, playing close to home for the next few games. Holding the Heels to 9 good, scoring only 6 no so much. Next few with the Hoyas, UMBC and the Hounds will say much about the Tigers. (Lionwatcher) — Nice effort against UNC; a win this week against G-Town will definitely impress me. (mytwokeepers) — #14. Keep Tar Heels relatively in check but cannot generate enough offense themselves to win. (slides2) — Close loss at UNC doesn't hurt the Tigers. (socrlaxdad) — #14. Knew Carolina has no off-hand players, but that's not a factor in transition and FPS's. Tigers "in a daze" for a bit versus 'Heels but suspect they'll clear their heads in games ahead. (Turtles Lax) — Stay in reach of Heels. (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: Hard fought win against a spirited Delaware squad. (Artemis3) — Kelyn Freedman is a key player for the Hoyas, and 2013 will be her year to make an impact on the squad and set her tone for the season. With Barb Black being solid in the cage, GU can make an impact on the national scene. (draw18) — #22. (johnnyboy) — I may have the Hoyas too high, as they did not dominate the Blue Hens the way I would think they should. Ricky, don't lose my number. (Lionwatcher) — Nice win over UDel, on to Towson. (mytwokeepers) — #13. Usually takes a poll or two to prove Hoyas even exist, but they get in early win against Delaware. Towson up next, a more meaningful hurdle. (slides2) — Hoyas win at UD ... not enough to move them up this week. (socrlaxdad) — #20. Oh, boy. Poor effort and surprising score vs. Delaware. (Turtles Lax) — Hmm, beat the Blue Hens; stay put! (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: Rebounded well from the loss to Northwestern and stay at No. 13. (DallasLaxDad) — The Minutewomen have a number of talented players, led by Katie Ferris. But this is not a one-woman show; UMass has players on both sides of the ball who will contribute to the cause. Kelsey McGovern will play valuable minutes for UMass who are ready to show they are maintaining their place. (draw18) — #18. deja vu - UMass lose big to NU then start to rack up the Ws vs. others. (johnnyboy) — While they had a tough three halves, two against the Natty champs and one against the upstart Ladies of Troy, they brought it to LAX in the second half. (Lionwatcher) — Punished by Northwestern does not take the shine off UMass, especially coupled with their two wins over lesser opponents. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking: 9. (Rafterjack) — #15. Sun and fun in LA against Northwestern and USC with expected results. (slides2) — Minutewomen notch two expected wins after opening loss to the #1 'Cats. (socrlaxdad) — #13. Unimpressive start? Yes, but seem to be back on track. (Turtles Lax) — Minutemen bounce back after the Empire’s mauling! (UnderArmourOdor)

Stony Brook: The Bucknell win was convincing enough to keep the Seawolves at #18. (DallasLaxDad) — The Seawolves have incredible talent in Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook leading the way. With Frankie Caridi anchoring a tough defense and SBU having a full season under Spallina, this is the team on the Island. (draw18) — #13. Opens with a W but not sure how to measure their opponent. No change in my SB ranking. (johnnyboy) — Beat up the Bison as a warm up. Trip to the Sunshine State this week is huge for the Seawolves. (Lionwatcher) — Solid beat-down of Bucknell. (mytwokeepers) — #16. Easy time with Bucknell, but degree of difficulty will ratchet up dramatically with trip to Florida. (slides2) — Does a road win over Bucknell help a team get ready for a trip to Gainesville? Maybe ... some. (socrlaxdad) — #21. Hung 20 on Bisons. (Turtles Lax) — Spawolves feast on Bison; now the Gators await. (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston College: Covie Stanwick showed that she has accepted the mantle of leadership on the field and is ready to keep the Eagles relevant in the national rankings. With Brooke Blue adding veteran talent and the influx of newcomers like Sarah Mannelly, the Walker era is off to a solid start. (draw18) — #9. Stanwick impresses in Eagles' opening win. (johnnyboy) — Crushed the Crusaders to commence the campaign. Dores and Buckeyes this week to tell a tale. (Lionwatcher) — Nice win over Holy Cross. (mytwokeepers) — #8. (Turtles Lax) — Get a win at Holy Cross. (UnderArmourOdor)

Harvard: The Crimson haven't opened, so they stay at #12. (DallasLaxDad) — The Crimson returned to the national scene in 2012, and with veterans like Danielle Tereault and Jennifer VanderMeulen returning, things are bright in Cambridge. Kelly Weis is back for her sophomore season in the cage, and that experience will help marshal a solid unit on the field. (draw18) — #21. (johnnyboy) — Still practicing and studying (and shoveling snow). (Lionwatcher) — Waiting to start. (mytwokeepers) — #18. Not yet in action. (slides2) — No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad)

Johns Hopkins: The Hop has a solid core of players back at Homewood as the Blue Jays look to remain a solid part of the national discussions. With D’Amore leading the charge for the Hop, the Blue Jays have experience and talent all over the field. Larash has a full season under her belt and that experience helps. (draw18) — #23. (johnnyboy) — Started with a bang on the offensive end. Could this be the year the Blue Jays return to the elite? (Lionwatcher) — Nice win over Old Dominion. (mytwokeepers) — #20. Easy pickings until Loyola. (slides2) — 'Jays post 20 on the Monarchs. (socrlaxdad) — #19. Don't think we see the Blue Jays in TOPTM for much longer, but here's some early season love. (Turtles Lax)

Princeton: Erin McMunn and Jaci Gassaway headline a solid group of veterans for Chris Sailer’s Tigers, and with the incoming class of rookies, the production is only going to go up. With Rehfuss managing the backfield and McMunn and Gassaway leading the charge up top, Pton will once again be a major player. (draw18) — #15. Tigers stay in the Ivy calendar cage and does my ranking for them. (johnnyboy) — No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad)

Ohio State: Move out of the Top 20 after being upset by Louisville - #24. (D-Lax) — The Buckeyes are a young team, and as soon as their newcomers can gel with the veterans, the talent level of OSU will be realized. Cara Facchina will be counted on throughout the season, as will a host of talented rookies who will make huge contributions moving forward. All is not lost in Columbus! (draw18) — #12. OSU loss to Louisville makes me not only drop them in my rankings but also advance an idle team too. I hate advance teams in my poll for doing nothing. (johnnyboy) — My ranking: 16. Loss to Louisville say more about OSU or Cardinals? (Rafterjack) — Loss at Louisville costs the Buckeyes. (socrlaxdad) — #24. Missed you by accident in first poll. But now think it may have been a premonition. Uh, oh! (Turtles Lax) — Brutal Brutus Brouhaha as Counting Cards Contenders. (UnderArmourOdor)

Cornell: No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad) — Ivy League wait! (UnderArmourOdor)

Louisville: Upset of the Buckeyes moves the Cardinals into the Top 20, at #20. (D-Lax) — 2-0 with a win over The Ohio State University is enough to earn the Cards the final spot on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — #25. Honorable mention for win over OSU. (johnnyboy) — Nice win over the Buckeyes. (LadyLaker) — Great win against the Buckeyes vault the Cardinals into my top 20 for the first time. Not too much of a reach to think they may start the season 8-0, before the real heavy lifting starts. (Lionwatcher) — The Cardinal replaces Ohio State based on their victory over the Buckeyes. (mytwokeepers) — My ranking:23. Not on the board yet but impressive win over Ohio State and seem off to a good start! (Rafterjack) — #18. Apologies for missing you in Poll #1. Will make it up to you! (Turtles Lax) — Not in anyone’s deck ... shuffle up the top 20! (UnderArmourOdor)

Denver: I had Denver at #17 in the pre-season poll, on the theory the Pioneers would improve on last season without the late season woes. Reports from those who saw their game versus Vandy are that Denver looks improved from last season. The Pioneers stay at #17. (DallasLaxDad) — #20. Road victory over Vandy is a start. (johnnyboy) — #15. Solid opening day win and may not lose for a bunch of games. (Turtles Lax)

Navy: The Mids held serve as expected and stay at #19. (DallasLaxDad) — #19. Looking forward to this weeks game vs. High Point. (johnnyboy) — The Mids won two. Their season doesn't really start until they take on HPU in five days, and they won't really be tested until NU. (LadyLaker) — #19. Puffball opponents so far, but High Point will be another matter, and don't forget last year. (slides2) — Mids are off to a hot start. (socrlaxdad) — #16. Two easy wins in the hold and an intriguing match-up with High Point Friday. (Turtles Lax)


High Point: Why not? They can hang with the Gators - #25. (D-Lax) — Welcome to NC Lax, all you lax people! Here comes another team from my adopted state. We may talk slowly, but we play some fast lax, y'all! (LadyLaker) — #23. Waxed Va. Tech and nice outing versus Florida. Rather like the Panthers ... again. (Turtles Lax)

Albany: The Great Danes haven't opened and stay at #15; looking forward to their foray into the swamp next Sunday. (DallasLaxDad) — #17. Not yet in action. (slides2) — No games yet ... no poll movement. (socrlaxdad) — #22. Dawgs still looking for someone to bite. Chomp, chomp? Perhaps. ;-) (Turtles Lax)

Boston University: #12. (Turtles Lax)

Jacksonville: I'm impressed with Jacksonville, but they were bumped off my ballot by Louisville's win over OSU. (DallasLaxDad) — Big girl win over a baby Vandy, a drubbing in the 'hood by Florida, and a revenge drubbing on SDSU. I admire the fast start to their season. (LadyLaker)

James Madison: Like most of the second half of my ballot, the Dukes haven't opened and remain at #16. (DallasLaxDad)

Hofstra: Ok. Ok. Ok. I am showing the Hof some love. Not sure what to expect out of this team in the long run, but this week ... it's love. (LadyLaker)

Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Oregon: #24. (johnnyboy)

. Rutgers:

. Virginia Tech:

. George Mason:

. USC:

. Richmond: 0-3 with losses to the Terps, Blue Devils, and 'Heels. The Spiders are a good team that should benefit down the road by having played some really good teams early. (socrlaxdad)

. Southern California: #25. Last mention for a few years but due credit for standing tall and playing a tough schedule right outta the gate. You are worthy, Women of Troy. (Turtles Lax)

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