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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2013

LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #8
April 1, 2013

RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Maryland (13-0)W Towson 11-8, W Penn 15-10340171
2North Carolina (11-1)W Duke 12-11, W Va. Tech 18-113173
3Northwestern (9-1)W Ohio St. 9-8, W Syracuse 13-123024
4Florida (13-1)L Penn State 11-162932
5tDuke (9-2)L UNC 11-122546
5tSyracuse (5-3)W Boston C. 17-12, L Northwestern 12-132545
7Penn State (7-3)W Florida 16-112339
8Notre Dame (8-0)2257
9Georgetown (7-2)1988
10Stony Brook (10-2)W Fresno 20-2, W Albany 9-215112
11Virginia (6-6)W Old Dominion 16-12, L Boston C. 7-1013510
12Denver (11-1)W San Diego State 13-9, W USC 16-1112215
13Navy (11-1)W UC Davis 19-1111214
14Stanford (6-2)W Vanderbilt 15-4, W James Madison 14-910118
15tCornell (6-3)L Princeton 10-129311
15tMassachusetts (9-2)W La Salle 20-119316
17Princeton (6-3)W Columbia 18-7, W Cornell 12-108219
18Dartmouth (7-3)L Vermont 15-16, W Brown 8-76013
19Johns Hopkins (7-4)L American 9-10, W Vanderbilt 12-114817
20Loyola (5-5)W UMBC 13-72820t
Others receiving votes: Rutgers (27), James Madison (26), Penn (14), Connecticut (14), Louisville (13), UMBC (11), Boston College (6), Ohio State (5), Towson (3), Temple (3), Jacksonville (2), American (2), Drexel (2), San Diego State (1)

Number of voters: 17 (Artemis3, D-Lax, DallasLaxDad, draw18, johnnyboy, LadyLaker, LAF1, Laxword, Lionwatcher, mytwokeepers, novaglax, Rafterjack, Seinfeld, slides2, socrlaxdad, Turtles Lax, UnderArmourOdor)

Pollsters' Comments About Teams They Ranked

Maryland: A solid win for the Terps vs. Penn. Saturday's match-up vs. #2 Carolina could be the game of the year. (Artemis3) — After Tuesday's Towson game, I was thinking I might be flipping my top 2 votes again. Never mind. The Terps now are unquestionably on top. (DallasLaxDad) — The Terps just keep rolling, and with each game the strengths of this team are put on display. You can’t overlook the contributions that Taylor Cummings and Iliana Sanza are making; their grunt work is providing valuable leadership. Then you add teammates like Aust, Schwarzmann, and Griffi. (draw18) — #1. This week, it's time to restructure my rankings. No quips - just listing what I consider quality wins and overall record. UMD undefeated with 5 QWs: Syracuse, Duke, UVa, PSU, and Stony Brook. (johnnyboy) — Still my #1. (LadyLaker) — Continue to roll. Last test, I think, this week. (Lionwatcher) — #1. With my eighth poll, Maryland remains unbeaten and for the eighth week remains tops. (mytwokeepers) — Nothing changes at the top; however, the Cats are getting battle tested for the tourney. (novaglax) — My rank: 1. Penn game not as close as score might indicate- and Terps are now ... one of only two remaining undefeated teams ... is it Notre Dame (the other)? (Rafterjack) — #1. Aust-Schwarzmann scoring machine keeps rolling along. (slides2) — OK, OK, the Terps have now climbed to my #1 spot ... but only thanks to a Gators' loss. Big ACC showdown this weekend when the 'Heels come to College Park. (socrlaxdad) — #1. Dearth of nice days in Turtle Town results in Terps going into hibernation periodically. Better stop that. Escaped Towson and got past Penn. (Turtles Lax) — If I was to do a Top 20 -- but we frown on that kind of frivolity now -- I’d go with the Terps' SID’s flair: “was able to control possession for the vast majority of the stanza.” (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: Great win at Duke. Another solid win vs. Va. Tech and a Florida loss bump the Heels to #2. Saturday's contest at Maryland is next. (Artemis3) — Positions 3, 4, and 5 seemed to get clearer on Wednesday in Evanston and Thursday in Durham. Then the Gators lost to Penn State. Even though the Tar Heels opened their season with a loss to Florida, I'm bumping North Carolina ahead to no. 2 based on recent performance. (DallasLaxDad) — Kara Cannizzaro is this team’s leader, and the work done by Emily Garrity and Margaret Corzel is crucial to that overall success. The Heels will find ways to win, and with the talent that is in place all over the field, it’s almost as easy to do it as it is to say it. (draw18) — #2. UNC with 5 QWs for my second spot: NU, UVa, Gtown, Cornell, and Duke. For those of you wondering what makes a johnnyboy QW - it has to be over a team in my top 20 from last week or this week. (johnnyboy) — Artemis3 got her Easter basket early with UNC's win over Duke. (LadyLaker) — Win the Darby and now get the Terps. (Lionwatcher) — #2. UNC moves up one slot to second by defeating a very good Duke squad along with the Gators' loss to PSU. (mytwokeepers) — Good ACC wins. (novaglax) — My rank: 4. Lingering, loitering, lurking around fringes here, are Heels. MAKE A STATEMENT! Doesn't anyone else feel that same way? (Rafterjack) — #2. Bravissima Signorina Cannizzaro di Cazenovia! (slides2) — Heels head north to face the Terps on Saturday. Winner gets the ACC #1 seed - loser gets to stay in the top 5 anyway. (socrlaxdad) — #2. Two ACC wins secure the No. 2 spot for 'Heels. TL is prepping mailbox for hate mail from Evilston and all of Gator Nation. Larry, of course, opines Seawolves should be numero dos. Oh, dear. (Turtles Lax) — Nice spin from Va. Tech being down 6-3 in Blacksburg after a 6-0 run, “Boissonneault's goal with 1:56 to go in the half ended the Tar Heel blitz.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Northwestern: Two one-goal wins show the Cats' vulnerability, but they still manage to get the Ws. They bump to #3. Penn State, UVa, and Stanford up next. (Artemis3) — Pulling out the one-goal wins but moves up due to the Gator upset in Happy Valley. (D-Lax) — Winning is the name of the game, but the Wildcats continue to allow opponents to believe they can win in Evanston. Two more one-goal games were on tap this week; Northwestern just didn't look that good in the first half of either. Keeping NU at no. 5. (DallasLaxDad) — NU has a number of players that can make the difference in a game, and that showed this week with a couple quality wins. When teams try to take out key players, others step up like Ali Cassera and Nancy Dunbar. Bridget Bianco continues to have a lights-out season, giving the defense confidence. (draw18) — #3. Wildcats with 4 QWs: UMass, JHU, Navy, and Syracuse. (johnnyboy) — No Easter Break for the Cats. Beat OSU and Syracuse. (LadyLaker) — Tough as nails, with a never-give-up attitude that is the heart of a champion. More tests on the way. (Lionwatcher) — #3. The Wildcats move up one slot to third by defeating a very good Syracuse team along with the Gators' loss to PSU. (mytwokeepers) — Solid come from behind win over quality teams. (novaglax) — My rank: 2. Frankly, I am more comfortable with Northwestern in second place (up one) as I foresee perhaps now a Maryland/NU match-up again for the 'cup'. (Rafterjack) — #4. 'Cats taken to the limit by Ohio State and Syracuse, but in a pinch they know how to win. (slides2) — 'Cats sliced the Orange by 1 goal at Lakeside. Next they'll face the upstart Nittany Lions fresh off of their chomping of the Gators. (socrlaxdad) — #4. Slightly past OSU and the Orange. (Turtles Lax) — Deathstar’s SID acknowledges the purple side of the force: “Defensively, junior Kerri Harrington one-upped her own tremendous face-guarding effort against dynamic SU attacker Michelle Tumolo.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Florida: A sad day for the Gators in Happy Valley. Two goals in the second half? Unfortunately for Hopkins, they are going to meet some hungry Gators at the Swamp. (Artemis3) — Not even a close one against Penn State and boom! #4. (D-Lax) — The Gators have only three games to play the entire month of April, so the loss to the Nittany Lions will stick around a while. Dropping Florida to no. 3. (DallasLaxDad) — The Gators might have been handed a setback, but these events are what can strengthen a team. Now that the stress of an undefeated season is off, Florida can get back to the business to which it has been attending this whole season: a return to the final weekend. This team is too talented. (draw18) — #4. Gators with three QWs: UNC, Stony Brook, and Syracuse. (johnnyboy) — Florida drops to my #6. Not just because they lost to PSU but how they lost. Too many cards, and I am still scratching my head with pulling the goalie with so much time left. (LadyLaker) — Travel to the Valley and return not so happy. (Lionwatcher) — #4. Despite the loss to PSU, Florida only drops two spots to my fourth slot. After all, they do have victories over UNC and Syracuse on their resume this year. (mytwokeepers) — Better learn how to win the close ones ... and quickly. (novaglax) — My rank: 3. Loss causes slippage ... doubts remain for Rafter/Gators. Watched in '12 their slip at SB tourney (I was there ... where were YOU?). (Rafterjack) — #3. Gator express derails unexpectedly in Happy Valley. (slides2) — Gators' loss at PSU sends them down to my #2 ... and down to the middle of the pack in the ALC standings. (socrlaxdad) — #3. Swamp people found dry land and the cold north quite inhospitable and got mauled by the Lions. Dorfmac's belt and shoelaces have been secured as a precaution. (Turtles Lax) — “It was a not so happy trip to Happy Valley.” Kudos to the Gators' SID for upstaging the pollsters with this superb first line. (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: Overtime loss to the Heels ... The bright side is the Devils seem to have found a goalkeeper in Duryea. 15 saves against a potent Heels offense. (Artemis3) — Keeping Duke at no. 4. To my eye, the Blue Devils were not as impressive looking as the Tar Heels, but the fact they played Carolina even through regulation time suggests the two are neck and neck. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Devils are having a lot of success this year thanks to a solid core of people who can make plays consistently. With Maddie Salamone, Taylor Trimble and Taylor Virden making plays in the midfield, and a strong group of players in the attack zone that can score, Duke poses a number of threats. (draw18) — #5. Duke with 2 QWs: Gtown, and UVa. Putting Duke ahead of Gtown even though Hoyas have one less QW because they beat Gtown head to head. (johnnyboy) — Lost the cross-town rivalry to UNC. (LadyLaker) — Stood toe to toe with the Heels but let it slip away. Eagles and Cats next. (Lionwatcher) — #6. Syracuse and Duke are in a dead heat tie in my eyes. Although Syracuse has three losses and Duke has two losses, all five were to teams ranked above them. Since I cannot come up with a justification to change their relative ranking, 'Cuse comes in at #5 and Duke at #6. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 5. (Rafterjack) — #7. Devils play hard and play well but cannot outlast Tar Heels in OT. (slides2) — Dookies lose to UNC in OT ... and they move up one spot in my poll. (socrlaxdad) — #8. Only defeats are "quality" losses, thus remain solidly in the upper echelon of TOPTM. (Turtles Lax) — Devils under Heels but love a good cross-sport reference: “Makenzie Hommel paced the Blue Devil offense on the evening, collecting her team-leading seventh hat trick of the season with a four-goal performance.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Syracuse: Up and down weekend for Syracuse ... much like their season. Win vs. BC and the one-goal loss at Northwestern. Other players must step up for Tumolo. (Artemis3) — Orange stay at #5 despite one-goal loss to the Purple Cats. (D-Lax) — The Orange won 18 of 27 draws - and still lost because they were outplayed in all other aspects of the game. Syracuse drops to 10. (DallasLaxDad) — Becca Block is one of the top players in the nation, and her play has elevated Syracuse into a consistent contender. While she is taking care of the work down low, the trio of Alyssa Murray, Michelle Tumolo, and Kayla Treanor work up top to keep Syracuse in every game through their triple threat. (draw18) — #9. Orange with 1 QW: UVa. (johnnyboy) — Lost to NU. Hoping for a rematch on this game. (LadyLaker) — Seems like the Cats just have the Orange's number. Out-draw the Cats but still lose. (Lionwatcher) — #5. Syracuse and Duke are in a dead heat tie in my eyes. Although Syracuse has three losses and Duke has two losses, all five were to teams ranked above them. Since I cannot come up with a justification to change their relative ranking, 'Cuse comes in at #5 and Duke at #6. (mytwokeepers) — Shoulda, coulda, woulda ... What the X-Cuse? (novaglax) — My rank: 6. Given up on season title has coach is my guess. Makes him (them) 'meaner'* for playoffs. Still seems we don't quite know what we got here with Atlantic Coast Oranges - maybe they don't either (rhymes with scythe-er.) *More likely to walk on field ... thus. (Rafterjack) — #5. Orange dominate BC but can't quite seal the deal at Lakeside Field. (slides2) — The Orange have three losses ... against teams ranked 1, 2, and 4. That keeps them in the top 10 and makes them the best three-loss team in the country. (socrlaxdad) — #13. Over BC easily and expected to prevail over NU. Oops. Not meeting anyone's expectations. (Turtles Lax) — Gait's classy “they made the plays when they needed to." (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn State: A huge win for PSU in the Valley. The defense was too much for the Gators, and the offense played with a chip on their shoulder. This team gets better and better each week. (Artemis3) — Nittany Lions pull off the big upset of the Gators and take a mega huge jump up in The Poll That Counts. (D-Lax) — I went into this week thinking there were five teams with a chance of winning the national championship. Now I think there may be 8 or 9. Penn State's win over Florida is reason enough to bump the Nittany Lions up to no. 7 for at least a week despite their three losses. (DallasLaxDad) — A signature win for the Nittany Lions has given this team confidence and the awareness that their work has been paying off. With Coffey providing the glue for a team that has a backfield like Colleen Shea and Katie Guy and the offensive prowess of Maggie McCormick and Kelly Lechner, PSU is strong. (draw18) — #7. 2 QWs: UVa and Florida. (johnnyboy) — Big jump to #5. Beat the Gators in resounding fashion. (LadyLaker) — Huge win for the Lions. And your reward is a trip to the Lake. Will they be able to keep the momentum up? (Lionwatcher) — #8. PSU leaps from my #11 slot to #8 on the basis of their clear victory over Florida. Their inconsistency keeps me from being a true believer. (mytwokeepers) — Great win ... Doherty doing her magic. (novaglax) — My rank: 10. We were all shocked, impressed with great victory by N. Lions re Fla. (Alli) gators. If I knew your cheer I would sing out! Sure it isn't, "Boola, Boola". (Rafterjack) — #6. Landmark win for Missy Doherty's program. Can Lions sustain momentum at Northwestern? (slides2) — The Nittany Lions surprised my former #1 Gators (and me) and thus get to stay in the top 10 this week. Next up? Northwestern at Lakeside and another chance to surprise me. (socrlaxdad) — #6. Thus the age old question re: what is tougher, "gator or lion," is answered. Happy Valley peeps report gator tastes like chicken. (Turtles Lax) — We Are ... SID passes on roars or claws back for a more modest “outscored” but does get a volcano nod which erupted for 16 markers against the nation's second-ranked defense. (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: No game. (Artemis3) — We were reminded this week several times that there are no gimmes. Teams that win a lot deserve ranking love. 8-0 keeps the Irish at no. 6. (DallasLaxDad) — Jenny Granger and Jaimie Morrison are both having solid seasons in leading the Irish attacking unit, but Ellie Hilling is also a solid season in the cage and is providing ND a huge lift in the back. With Barbara Sullivan and Stephanie Peragallo having great seasons in front of her, ND can go far. (draw18) — #10. Irish may be undefeated but only a single QW: Stanford. (johnnyboy) — 8-0 but still waiting for a win that will quiet the doubters out in LaxPower Land and in my own head. (LadyLaker) — Still undefeated but still untested in my mind. How good are these Fighting Irish? (Lionwatcher) — #7. Early wins over Stanford and OSU got the Golden Domers a Top 10 ranking from me. At 8-0, they have taken care of business and retained the #7 slot. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 7. (Rafterjack) — #8. Irish idle. Road test coming up at Louisville. (slides2) — 8-0 Irish sit atop the Big East conference standings ... and no team in that league has a losing record. April does not look easy for the Irish, as they'll play the Big East's top teams and Northwestern over the next four weeks. (socrlaxdad) — #5. Last unbeaten means what? Number 5, that's what. (Turtles Lax) — Irish abstain for Easter Holiday, so I mine from the ‘Nova game: The “Irish defense smothered the Wildcat offense the entire day ...” (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: No game. (Artemis3) — The Hoyas take the week off - and bump up to no. 8. (DallasLaxDad) — What is great about the Georgetown team is the depth and stability that the Hoyas possess. Sophia Thomas is having another solid season, and Adrienne Devine is providing quality minutes for the squad. With a host of players able to put the ball in the cage, GU looks to remain in the upper echelon. (draw18) — #6. Gtown 3 QWs: Princeton, Stanford, and JHU. (johnnyboy) — Spent the week hunting Easter Eggs and not playing games. (LadyLaker) — UVa drops, Hoyas move up even when they are celebrating with Easter Bunny. (Lionwatcher) — #9. Drops one slot to #9 as PSU jumps over them and through no failing on their part. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 11. I don't know much about Hoyas. I need to do better. (Rafterjack) — #9. Hoyas take break before big game with Loyola. (slides2) — Hoyas took the week off and now must travel to face the 'Hounds at Loyola this weekend. (socrlaxdad) — #11. (Turtles Lax) — Hoyas also on Easter break and recover from “in a very physical game Georgetown battled through 33 fouls and seven yellow cards by Louisville.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Stony Brook: The win vs. Albany avenges last year's disappointing loss. But SBU doesn't have a whole lot left on their schedule. (Artemis3) — The Seawolves' victory over Albany was much more convincing than was Cornell's. Stony Brook switches places with Cornell and lands at no. 11. (DallasLaxDad) — Demmianne Cook was a part of the original class Joe Spallina brought to Stony Brook, and her contributions have been invaluable. Adding in depth with Claire Petersen and Janine Hiller, with the welcoming of Alyssa Flemming this year, makes SBU a tough opponent. (draw18) — #16. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Beat Albany. (LadyLaker) — Continue to win, and we will continue to hear about SOS, etc. (Lionwatcher) — #12. Stony Book is climbing up the "Mosh Pit" to the #12 slot. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 9, cuz ... Yes, I was somewhat impressed with your team at Albany game and stop being a bully! (Rafterjack) — #12. Rout of Fresno State is meaningless window dressing, but convincing win over Albany is the real thing. (slides2) — The Seawolves are 10-2 ... and look to be the cream of the America East crop. (socrlaxdad) — #22. (Turtles Lax) — Spawolves get win over Great Danes, as the SID turning point was “SB came out of the locker room strong, as Petersen fed Cook in front of the net for a top-shelf goal ...” (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: Who can explain these Hoos? A somewhat shaky win against ODU and then the loss to BC. This team seems uninspired. They need a spark ... now. (Artemis3) — .500 record with no wins in conference against four losses. I'm tempted to drop the Hoos all the way off - but they did beat Loyola, Princeton, and James Madison, so maybe that would be an overreaction. No. 19. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cavaliers are having another up and down season that hinges on their ability to stay consistent throughout the year. The addition of Casey Bockley has provided the Hoos an offensive spark, and Courtney Swan and Morgan Stephens are giving the Cavaliers a ton of possessions. (draw18) — #12. One QW over Princeton. (johnnyboy) — Beat ODU. (LadyLaker) — Okay, from 10 down, I am clueless. (Lionwatcher) — #11. UVa tops the "Mosh Pit," but that that doesn't engender strong feelings from me. (mytwokeepers) — Bad loss to BC. Can't afford to lose those kind of games. (novaglax) — My rank: 14. Win some games, Hoo Cavs. I can't justify you here otherwise. (Rafterjack) — #15. What's with these Hoos? Less than impressive win over ODU and bad trip to Beantown. (slides2) — 6-6 Cavs are back to their enigmatic ways of recent seasons. At 0-4, they sit in the ACC cellar and will be playing VT to avoid being the #6 tourney seed. (socrlaxdad) — Only Hoos' SID gets props: “BC sprinted down field with Moira Berry zipping a pass to Mikaela Rix right in front of the net. With time expiring, Rix got off a strong shot, finding net to send BC into the break leading 4-2.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Denver: Another two wins for the ladies of Denver. SDSU and USC are the latest victims. These Pioneers have some fight to them. (Artemis3) — 11-1. Denver rises to no. 13. (DallasLaxDad) — The Pioneers are quietly charting their own path, thanks to the leadership of Kara Secora and the stick of Jill Remenapp. Her ability to find her teammates and create something has put Denver squarely in the national discussion; Hannah Hook has given her defense a lot of confidence. (draw18) — #19. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Two wins this week -- one league and one non-league. (LadyLaker) — Second Best of the West. (Lionwatcher) — #13. Second best in the West. (mytwokeepers) — I'm starting to believe in them. (novaglax) — My rank: 11. One loss only for MPSF Pioneers, TL. Had you noticed? Look WEST, young man, look west! (Rafterjack) — #14. Put down upstarts on the Left Coast. (slides2) — 11-1 Pioneers are leading the MPSF ... but their only ranked opponent is coming to Denver, as they host Stanford this week. (socrlaxdad) — #7. 11-1 and well nigh impossible for them to lose more than one more (if that) in the regular season. Reckon that seals an invite to the dance ... yes, regardless of their conference tourney outcome. (Turtles Lax) — Pioneers keep winning on the road, so I reach back from the High Point game at home: “After a 2.5 hour snow delay during halftime” - classic. (UnderArmourOdor)

Navy: Nice win for the Mids vs. UC Davis. (Artemis3) — 11-1 and only loss is to Northwestern; and, to my eye, the Mids matched up against the Wildcats as well as did Syracuse. Navy moves to no. 9. (DallasLaxDad) — #17. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Another win against another weaker opponent. I want to see a tougher Navy schedule! (LadyLaker) — Beat down on UC Davis. Ship sailing in the right direction. (Lionwatcher) — #20. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 13. Keep winning and had small loss margin with NU. (Rafterjack) — #10. No real tests until maybe Jacksonville. Mids rise on other teams' misfortune. (slides2) — The 11-1 Mids could run the table for April and be 16-1 come Patriot tourney time. (socrlaxdad) — #9. (Turtles Lax) — Mids continue to rise and shoot a within-state broadside “DePompeo unseated Maryland's Alex Aust (6.2 points/game) for the top spot on the national (scoring) list.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Stanford: This team looks good. A solid game vs. JMU. I am looking forward to their match-up with Denver. (Artemis3) — A couple nice wins this week move the Cardinal up to 16. (DallasLaxDad) — Rachel Ozur and Megan Lerner are combining to give Stanford solid leadership on the field. The Cardinal have a number of options up front, and as Elizabeth Adam and Nina Swanson work together to marshal a strong defense, Stanford can make opponents pay at both ends of the field. (draw18) — #20. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Beat Vandy and JMU. (LadyLaker) — Best of the West. (Lionwatcher) — #10. The Cardinal makes a big leap from my #14 to #10 mostly because the "Mosh Pit" below them is so confusing. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 20. Back on the board are the Tree/Cardinal ... MPSF former champs. Got a way to go, however. (Rafterjack) — #11. Second 10 now a total muddle. Have to give Cardinal credit for solid wins over Vanderbilt and JMU. (slides2) — The 6-2 Cardinal creep into my top 20 for the first time this season with a win over former #18 JMU. (socrlaxdad) — #12. (Turtles Lax) — IndianTreeCards get big win at JMU. My fave player reference: “Adrienne Anderson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Rancho Margarita Catholic)” - that’s a Cali high school! (UnderArmourOdor)

Cornell: Cornell is now 2-2 in the Ivy League with losses to Princeton and Penn. The Big Red had better get back on track. (Artemis3) — Yowza. This was looking like a breakout season for the Big Red. Time to get back on the elevator up. Dropped to the 14th floor. (D-Lax) — Three losses in a row hurts, but I'm keeping the Big Red highly ranked, at no. 12, because of the win over Penn State and the close game with the Tar Heels. The problem is, Cornell now has to scramble to make the Ivy tournament - Saturday at Dartmouth is now a must-win. (DallasLaxDad) — Sarah Hefner and Kelly Lang are giving the Big Red a huge boost, and with the ability of the Big Red to find a number of people who can score—Lindsay Toppe, Caroline Salisbury, and Amanda D’Amico—Cornell has shown the ability to make waves. They need a signature win that will help right the ship. (draw18) — #11. 1 QW over PSU. (johnnyboy) — Two league losses this week. (LadyLaker) — Tigers make them Red faced. (Lionwatcher) — #21. Three straight losses drop Cornell from the Top 20. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 15. Ah, darn! Was so easy when you were victorious. Now I have to think. Are you done winning? Big Red couldn't contain Tiger despite 8-7 lead at half. Tigers reeled off five in a row after mid-game hiatus. Goalie struggles here? (Rafterjack) — #13. Big Red starting to look human after all. (slides2) — The Big Red have had three close losses in a row ... at Dartmouth this week won't help their cause. (socrlaxdad) — I would have added a plummet but enough downs in this: "Big Red suffered its third straight defeat on Saturday afternoon, falling 12-10 to Princeton as its late comeback attempt fell short." (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: Win vs. La Salle keeps them in the top 20. (Artemis3) — The Minutewomen move up to no. 14. (DallasLaxDad) — Katie Ferris and Cori Murray provide a tough 1-2 punch up front, and Kelsey McGovern is giving UMass a spark to create a multitude of opportunities. The Minutewomen need to resolve the story in the cage, and that will make this team even more solid. (draw18) — #18. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Continue to win and, like SB, we will continue to hear about SOS. (Lionwatcher) — #16. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 16. (Rafterjack) — #17. Begin Atlantic 10 campaign by beat down of ambitious La Salle. (slides2) — Minutewomen extend their win streak to six with an A-10 opening win at La Salle. (socrlaxdad) — #10. Sent the Explorers looking for other lands to conquer. (Turtles Lax) — “The win marked the 21st consecutive for the Minutewomen against Atlantic 10 foes dating back to the 2010 season.” As Sgt. Fury would note, nuff said! (UnderArmourOdor)

Princeton: Nice win in conference for the Tigers against Cornell. A tough stretch on the horizon for Princeton. (Artemis3) — Erin McMunn is having a nice season for the Tigers, and her ability to put the ball in the cage and set up her teammates is showing up in the results of the squad. Sarah Lloyd is giving the Tigers quality minutes in making some tough plays, giving Princeton some extra possessions. (draw18) — #8. 2 QWs over JHU and Cornell. (johnnyboy) — Big win against Cornell. Are the Tigers roaring back or was this their final safari? (LadyLaker) — Princeton to the top of the Ivy. I guess so. (Lionwatcher) — My rank: 12. I KNOW A-L-L about Tigers. Listen up! They have mucho moxie. They known of old and maybe 2013 is year they re-emerge. I KNOW the cheer/song too - "Fight on for victory ever more while the Sons of Knickerbocker rally round ..." (Rafterjack) — #16. After shaky start, Tigers have begun to stir. Goalie switch seems to have helped. (slides2) — Tigers on a three-game win streak ... should be four straight when they visit College Park next week. (socrlaxdad) — #24. Stacking the Ivies at the bottom 'til they can be sorted out. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers climb left. Big Red SID unhappy. “Princeton spent most of the second half intentionally stalling on offense, passing the ball around the fan and not taking shots to drain the clock once it had its four-goal lead.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: An up and down weekend for the Big Green. A stunning loss to Vermont and a rebound win vs. Brown. (Artemis3) — Last eight days - a one-goal win over Columbia, an OT loss to Vermont, and a one-goal win over Brown. Did the Big Green peak four games into their season? Dropping Dartmouth to no. 17. (DallasLaxDad) — #25. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Ranked on rep. I get it. (Lionwatcher) — What's up, Big Green? Definitely flat play. (novaglax) — My rank: 19. Chippy. Eking out small victories and then can't eke any more ... lose to Catamounts at home. Another one-goal victory (fifth) subsequently (nice to see surprising Brown Bears!) ... but were down 4-2 at half. The little engine that (maybe) might/could? (Rafterjack) — #21. Big Green fall on hard times, upset by Vermont (who subsequently lost to Binghamton) and barely slip past Brown. (slides2) — The Big Green have had way too many close games of late ... including an overtime loss at home to Vermont. (socrlaxdad) — What is not said in the impressive spin is that the one is to Vermont: “In just 10 outings this season, Dartmouth has already been in six one-goal affairs, boasting an impressive 5-1 mark in those games.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Johns Hopkins: They have all the talent. They have all the tools. The Jays need to put it all together again soon as they visit the Swamp this week. (Artemis3) — Another roller coaster season for the Blue Jays. (D-Lax) — Loss to American confirms my decision to move the Blue Jays out of the rankings following their earlier loss to Princeton. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Jays are falling in recent games, but they have the talent to right the flight and return to the upper echelon. With Dene DiMartino adding depth to a talented attack that includes Taylor D’Amore and Sarah Taylor, and Octavia Williams playing every well for the Hop, the Blue Jays be ok. (draw18) — #21. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — Upset, upsetting. (Lionwatcher) — #14. "Mosh Pit" personified ... lose to American and defeat Vanderbilt. Hopkins has talent; Hopkins lacks consistency; Hopkins gets the #14 slot, but they could just as easily be much lower. (mytwokeepers) — Great rebound win against the Vandy. (novaglax) — #20. Luster of early season has worn off. (slides2) — Jays go 1-1 in OT games against teams with losing records ... this is what makes ranking the teams in the 11-20 spots so dang tough! (socrlaxdad) — “Host American outscored 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins 6-1 in the second half to force overtime before going on to upset the Blue Jays, 10-9, in overtime.” Shouldn’t have used the poll that never matters, as it looks worse than the correct 17th! (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: A win for the hounds at cross-town UMBC makes it three straight for the Hounds. Georgetown and Notre Dame loom. (Artemis3) — I'm closing out my ballot with two .500 teams. Loyola gets the final spot because of the recent win over Louisville and earlier victories over Penn State and Towson. (DallasLaxDad) — The Greyhounds have been coming together since the opening day, and the dividends of their maturity are becoming apparent. Marlee Paton is a known scorer, and with the emergence of Taryn VanThof and Hannah Schmitt in the attack, Loyola can put some goals on the board. (draw18) — Turning things around? (Lionwatcher) — #19. (mytwokeepers) — #19. Hounds handle UMBC; await Georgetown. (slides2) — 'Hounds win the Battle of the B-more Pound at UMBC. They'll host the Hoyas this week with the Big East's top spot on the line. (socrlaxdad) — #16. Outta the pound. (Turtles Lax) — Good usage by the Greyhounds SID “Loyola Races Past UMBC.” (UnderArmourOdor)

Rutgers: Beat Delaware. Beat Penn. Beat Princeton. That's good enough for me to move Rutgers into the rankings, at no. 18. (DallasLaxDad) — The Scarlet Knights are following the lead of Katrina Martinelli and Jenny Vlahos to burst into the national scene. Lily Kalata has been a star since her collegiate debut, and her season in 2013 is providing Rutgers the boost it needs to fight its way into a discussion. (draw18) — #13. One QW over Princeton. (johnnyboy) — #18. Idle. Big weekend hosting UConn and Syracuse up next. (slides2) — #14. (Turtles Lax) — "Rutgers will have 12 days between games to prepare for a five-game homestand." (UnderArmourOdor)

James Madison: With the loss to Stanford, the Dukes are still on the outside looking in. (DallasLaxDad) — The Dukes are led by Casey Ancarrow in the front and Schylar Healy is having a great season in the cage. With the work put in by Kaci Starkloff and Lexi Cross, JMU has played itself back into the national discussion. The CAA is a wide-open race, and a number of teams have shown they can be there. (draw18) — #15. (mytwokeepers) — Dukes slip out of my top 20 with a home loss to Stanford. (socrlaxdad) — #21. (Turtles Lax) — Dukes great name of the PR: “JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy” ... see no mention of grass but no mention of win either! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: #14. Penn one QW over Cornell. (johnnyboy) — #17. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 18. Some victories! Always tough (these days) is UPenn. Look for more from Quakers in this year of the Dragon. (Rafterjack) — #22. Quakers fare no better against Maryland than anyone else, but could have done a lot worse. (slides2) — Quakers are slowly rebounding from their terrible start and had a good showing against the #1 Terps. (socrlaxdad) — #25. See Princeton comment. (Turtles Lax) — “After struggling to find firm footing to start its game at No. 1 Maryland”, finding firm footing in soft Ivy League at 3-0. (UnderArmourOdor)

Connecticut: I've been saying it for several weeks now, the Huskies are earning a ranking on the field. Now no. 15 on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — #23. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — #18. At 8-1 with their only loss to Syracuse, the Huskies hold on to their Top 20 slot. (mytwokeepers) — #18. (Turtles Lax) — “UConn Takes Down Oregon in Overtime Thriller” good. “Huskies Chase Down Ducks in OT Thriller” better! (UnderArmourOdor)

Louisville: With back-to-back losses, I'm dropping the Cardinals just outside my rankings. (DallasLaxDad) — #22. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — #23. Idle. Host Notre Dame next. (slides2) — #15. Fell off the high branches and now in big trouble. (Turtles Lax) — “Louisville returns to action with a pair of contests at the UofL Lacrosse Stadium, beginning with a match-up against Notre Dame on April 5.” (UnderArmourOdor)

UMBC: #17. Roughed up by Loyola but should have two easy Ws just ahead. (Turtles Lax)

Boston College: #15. 1 QW over UVa. (johnnyboy) — #25. Eagles upset ACC pecking order. (slides2)

Ohio State: Formidable opponent for Northwestern to tackle, but a good one-goal loss gets you back in the Top 20. (D-Lax) — The Buckeyes brought a top-20 squad to Evanston on Wednesday. But, with a 4-6 record, I can't put them in the rankings. (DallasLaxDad) — My rank: 17. Buoying up OSU. Doing a little better (by one in OT over Pride was it?). No, not enough, Buckeye. (Rafterjack) — #24. Credit the Buckeyes for giving Northwestern a real battle and rallying to beat Hofstra in OT. (slides2)

Towson: Towson lost to MD but made them work hard for that win. (LadyLaker)


Jacksonville: I have the Dolphins just off my ballot again this week. (DallasLaxDad) — #24. No QWs. (johnnyboy) — #19. Fins on the left, fins on the right, Fins debut at #19. (Turtles Lax)

American: Just because they beat JHU. (novaglax)


San Diego State: #20. (Turtles Lax)

Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Albany:

. Boston University:

. La Salle: #23. Though thwarted by the Minutepeople, Explorers are still pretty good. (Turtles Lax)

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