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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2013

LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #11
April 22, 2013


RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Maryland (17-0)W Va. Tech 15-7340171
2Florida (16-1)W Northwestern 22-43184
3North Carolina (13-2)W Vanderbilt 20-53112
4Northwestern (13-2)L Florida 4-222783
5Syracuse (12-3)W Cornell 16-4, W Notre Dame 11-8, W Marquette 18-62725
6Penn State (11-4)W Lafayette 19-10, W Johns Hopkins 15-142327
7Duke (11-4)W Davidson 14-6, W Ohio St. 15-92179
8Georgetown (11-3)W Rutgers 13-5, W Villanova 6-52008
9Denver (15-1)W California 13-10, W St. Mary's (CA) 20-919910
10Stony Brook (13-2)W Boston U. 18-1117511
11Notre Dame (11-3)L Syracuse 8-11, L UConn 7-101676
12Navy (16-1)W Jacks. 13-12, W American 11-1014412
13Connecticut (13-1)W Marquette 15-4, W Notre Dame 10-712319
14Massachusetts (15-2)W St. Bon. 19-2, W Duquesne 16-610914
15Stanford (10-4)W Oregon 15-8, W San Diego State 23-169015
16Princeton (9-5)L Penn 9-10, W Dartmouth 15-138013
17Penn (9-4)W Princeton 10-9, W Brown 10-765NR
18Loyola (9-6)W Villanova 16-11, W Rutgers 10-45917
19Johns Hopkins (9-6)W UMBC 11-5, L Penn State 14-155616
20Virginia (8-8)W Va. Tech 10-53818
Others receiving votes: Boston College (34), Dartmouth (22), Cornell (14), Ohio State (12), Towson (6), James Madison (5), Albany (3), Louisville (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: Another 5+ point day for Alex Aust, and the Terps are looking good heading into the ACC tournament. (Artemis3) — Definitive #1. (D-Lax) — No change at the top - but changes everywhere else on my ballot. Maryland remains no. 1. (DallasLaxDad) — The Terps have not lost sight of the big goal, and by taking care of the little things, they are set up for a great postseason run. Credit Iliana Sanza for being one of the leaders in that department as this veteran’s experience is helping Kasey Howard develop into one of the nation’s top keepers. (draw18) — #1. Terps finish regular season undefeated and healthy. On to the ACC tournament as the top seed. (johnnyboy) — Rolled the regular season table. On to the ACC tourney. Have been in my #1 spot all season. (LadyLaker) — Slow and steady wins the race? (Lionwatcher) — #1. No doubt, still No. 1! (mytwokeepers) — Rollin', rollin', rollin, keep the Terps agoin', Rawhide ... They are poised to take it this year. (novaglax) — My rank: 1. Rafter comes to you here, from atop Max Patch just north of the Smoky's on App. Trail, to say this team keeps rolling! Great work, Maryland ... but also now thinkin', watch out for Gators! (Rafterjack) — #1. Terps nonchalantly tune up for ACC tourney with win over Hokies. (slides2) — Terps just keep winning. They've held opponents to an average of just over 8 goals per game. They've scored 11 or more goals in 16 of their 17 wins. (socrlaxdad) — Turtles put up the broom for the regular season by heading up to Hooterville to axe the Hokies. (UnderArmourOdor)

Florida: Nothin' like goin' all Luke Skywalker on some storm troopers. Absolutely dominant performance by the Gators, top to bottom. (Artemis3) — Impressive win against Purple Cats, but more importantly in Gator fashion. Shocking deficit. #2. (D-Lax) — I'm moving the Gators back to no. 2. After beating North Carolina to start the season, I thought Florida didn't look as sharp as the Tar Heels. But, since the Penn State loss, the Gators have just been dominant, topped off by Saturday in the Swamp. (DallasLaxDad) — Florida has shown its depth throughout the season, and with opponents not able to focus on any one player, in both attack and defense, the Gators can wreak havoc on the opposition. These seniors are on a mission. (draw18) — #2. Jaw-dropping uh-mazing performance. I expected a fast start as the home team on senior day but, but ... All kidding aside, I for one can appreciate the Gators "I want another goal" approach to this game. No stalling to complain about in this game. (johnnyboy) — Still at my #3 but singing "Cat's in the Cradle" after crushing NU. (LadyLaker) — Ouch? (Lionwatcher) — #2. UNC did nothing to lose the second slot ... Florida did everything to forcefully take it over. Their 22-4 dismantling of Northwestern had all WLax fans abuzz. (mytwokeepers) — Not surprised about the win but the score. (novaglax) — My rank: 3. Huge, even 'getting even' walloping of NU. What gives? I agree with what someone pointed out in Forum ... perhaps two more to go against, Cats - why arouse anger with heavy foot? (Rafterjack) — #2. Gators have Northwestern's number, and how! Have to bump them up to 2nd spot based on early season win over UNC. (slides2) — I've had the Gators ranked ahead of Northwestern since poll #3 ... but I never expected the beat-down they dealt to the 'Cats. I'm booking a seat at the ALC final at Homewood in two weeks because I expect the rematch to be closer. (socrlaxdad) — Welcomed Deathstar to the swamp. Oh, boy, did they. Impressive margin of victory gets the scaly ones the second spot. "Roadkill for all" as the celebration continues. Chomp, chomp. (Turtles Lax) — Deathstar crashes in Swamp and like old Tarzan movie all the Gators go sliding off the banks into the water for a shorts death roll! (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: Easy win for UNC. Next up: ACC tourney. (Artemis3) — It's tough to move North Carolina down a spot on the heels of a 20-5 win - but I can't ignore the stomping Florida gave Northwestern. The Tar Heels occupy the third spot on my ballot this week. (DallasLaxDad) — North Carolina has a balanced roster from front to back, with a number of players able to put the ball in the cage as well as control the defensive half of the field. This team has been consistent since the start of the season and that consistency will reap dividends in the end. (draw18) — #3. What does a highly ranked team need to do to get some respect around here? How about take down the Terps in the ACC tournament? (johnnyboy) — Beat those Baby Vandys. (LadyLaker) — Do the Dores. ACC tourney raises its ugly head. (Lionwatcher) — #3. Vanderbilt was no match for the #3 Tar Heels. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 2. I'm not going to scramble all my rankings just because Gators had a great day. Maybe like others, I have discounted Carolina. Still not entirely on board but leaving them at #2 for today. (Rafterjack) — #3. Toy with Vanderbilt. Now get to host ACC tournament and probable match-up with you know who. (slides2) — Heels stomp all over Vandy and take the #2 seed heading into the ACC Tourney ... which, BTW, is at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. (socrlaxdad) — Had to move down one spot. (Turtles Lax) — Heels kick down the Dores in an ACCs tune-up by looking as good as Juliette and Rayna in Nashville! (UnderArmourOdor)

Northwestern: It must have been a long 4+ hour flight back to the death star. Worst loss in program history (KAH era) has the storm troopers rethinking their formations. (Artemis3) — Beat down in the Swamp. #5. (D-Lax) — It's difficult to avoid overreacting to Saturday in the Swamp, but I'm doing my best as the Wildcats head back to Chicago with the no. 6 spot on by ballot. How long has it been since we've not seen Northwestern on Memorial Day weekend? It may happen this year. (DallasLaxDad) — The 'Cats will rebound from this last weekend thanks to a veteran corps of players and a coaching staff that has been making adjustments all season long. Erin Fitzgerald has come into her own this year as a solid player and a go-to attacker. (draw18) — #4. Wildcats limp home after getting tamed, defanged, and spayed/neutered by the Gators. Let's see if KAH coaching can make up 18 goals. (johnnyboy) — Gators make the Cats look like kittens. (LadyLaker) — Total loss. Looking for a rebound. (Lionwatcher) — #4. Yikes ... I still can't believe the Wildcats got beaten 22-4. And now I am saying that NU is the fourth best team in the country, and they just got beaten 22-4 by the second best team in the country!!!!!! Yikes. (mytwokeepers) — So, now they are humbled. Time to kick it in. (novaglax) — My rank: 4. Didn't die, didn't cease operations ... will compete/show for remaining games. Did win seven of last eight national championships ... I believe. (Rafterjack) — #4. What 'Cats? Anyone see any 'Cats? (slides2) — The bad news - 'Cats got crushed by the Gators. But maybe a ray of sunshine because those two teams will likely meet twice more in post-season action. (socrlaxdad) — Feverishly working to repair the once purple UFO. As work is being done by swamp people, they are painting it blue and orange and renaming it the "Deadstar." (Turtles Lax) — After the rout I had JJ Abrams on speed dial for the plot of Episode VII - “The Empire Falls!” (UnderArmourOdor)

Syracuse: Impressive win vs. Notre Dame and they dominated Marquette. With their senior leader ailing, the Orange are peaking at the right time. (Artemis3) — Move to #4 after showing sheer consistency on both ends of the field and Northwestern returning to mortal status. (D-Lax) — Well, well, well - Syracuse has had quite a journey on my ballot this season, starting as my pre-season no. 1, falling as low as no. 11 after not looking strong early, and now rising to no. 4. Not sure how far they can go without Michelle Tumolo - but so far, so good. (DallasLaxDad) — The Orange suffered a major setback, but the depth of this team is showing its resiliency. With an attack of Alyssa Murray and Katie Webster combined with the Block sisters and the work of Kailah Kempney in the draw circle, SU is doing fine. (draw18) — #5. Orange looking like the top seed in the Big East tournament. Will they take perhaps the final Big trophy with them to the ACC next season? (johnnyboy) — Beat the Irish and Marquette. Still at my #5. (LadyLaker) — In the AT ("After Tumolo") era. So far so good. (Lionwatcher) — #5. With three losses to my #1, #2, and #4 teams, Syracuse is still clearly the fifth best team in the country. (mytwokeepers) — Solid win against ND. (novaglax) — My rank: 5. Next 8-10 teams might conceivably be lumped. Do not necessarily see Orange any longer, as surely they're at the end (last four). (Rafterjack) — #5. Michelle Tumolo goes down, but Orange playing very well, especially on defense. (slides2) — Orange beat Notre Dame and Marquette this past week, close out at Loyola and Georgetown this week - the Big East top 4 seeds and tournament is all up for grabs. (socrlaxdad) — Moving right along despite the loss of one of TL's favs. (Turtles Lax) — Lordfader was in the Grey Hugo Boss, orange and blue stripped Brooks Brothers shirt with Medallion silk blue tie ... a winning combo vs. ND! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn State: One of the great comebacks of the season. With PSU down 3 with 6 to play, they gut it out and win on the road. Two saves on 22 shots is concerning, though. The ALC tournament will be a good one, I think. (Artemis3) — One-goal win against Hopkins, but no cigar. Stay at #6. (D-Lax) — That four-goal run to clip the Blue Jays earns the no. 3 seed in the ALC and my vote to close out the top 10. (DallasLaxDad) — The Nittany Lions have come on strong and have incredible depth; that depth includes Jenna Mosketti, who has been a huge pickup for Penn State as a freshman. With Katie Guy adding experience in the backfield and Tatum Coffey holding the midfield together, PSU has a long season ahead. (draw18) — #6. "WE ARE ... rather fortunate to get past Hopkins." Thank you. You're welcome. (johnnyboy) — Beat Lafayette and the Blue Jays in their own nest! (LadyLaker) — Continuing to win. What will ALC bring. (Lionwatcher) — #9. Exciting win on TV over Hopkins seals the ninth slot. What TV has to do with it I don't know, but it sure was fun to watch. (mytwokeepers) — #6. Who's number 6? Let's try Penn State, who rallied to win thriller at JHU. (slides2) — Close win at Hopkins keeps the Lions at my #6. Not sure they'll fare as well at Princeton this week. (socrlaxdad) — Large over Lafayette and the Hop. (Turtles Lax) — Lions tame Lafayette Leopards but scratch out a one-goal win at Homewood ... still has a date with the Ivy Tigers. (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: A win vs. Davidson and the ACC tourney on the horizon. Duke could still make some noise. (Artemis3) — I'm not really sure Duke deserves this no. 8 vote, but they rebounded from the three-game skid and have beaten Georgetown, so eight it is. (DallasLaxDad) — Duke continues to hold strong in all aspects of the game, thanks to a great debut season by Kelsey Duryea. With her talent in a first year combined with scorers at the other end of the field, Duke can control their destiny. This is a team that has a nice combination of youth and veterans w. talent. (draw18) — #7. Away from the spotlight, Blue Devils rebound with a much needed win over OSU. (johnnyboy) — Beat Davidon and the Buckeyes. (LadyLaker) — Nice two wins. (Lionwatcher) — #10. I still don't "get" the loss to Boston College, but I am over it and give the tenth slot to the Blue Devils. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 6. (Rafterjack) — #7. Blue Devils recover from bad game in Evanston. (slides2) — Dookies beat the Buckeyes to close out the regular season. They'll face the 'Hoos at Chapel Hill in the #4 vs. #5 first round ACC match-up. (socrlaxdad) — Duke University Blue Devils beat Wildcats but a week too late, and it was only the Davidson ones plus tune-up for ACCs beating Buckeyes. (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: A good win vs. Rutgers, a team that has made for some headaches this season. Still not sure how good these Hoyas are. (Artemis3) — Hoyas hang in there against 'Nova but have to contend with the Orange at week's end. (D-Lax) — Georgetown falls to 14 despite a winning week because Notre Dame falls to 13. (DallasLaxDad) — The Hoyas are quietly making their presence in the upper echelon of teams known. Georgetown grinds out wins thanks to a group of individuals who stick to the game plan and can execute well together as a team. Sophia Thomas deserves credit for keeping the Hoyas together and on track. (draw18) — #8. Hoyas have an off game but escape with its second win of the week. (johnnyboy) — Beat Rutgers and then barely beat Villanova. (LadyLaker) — Nice win against a tough Scarlet Knight team. (Lionwatcher) — #11. Always solid; never spectacular. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 8. Liking Hoyas more and more these days - this year. (Rafterjack) — #8. Hoyas dominate Rutgers but are curiously inert squeaking by Villanova. (slides2) — Wins at Rutgers and 'Nova may not assuage any nightmares as UConn and 'Cuse are coming to DC ... with 25 wins between them! (socrlaxdad) — Really big over Rutgers but just got by Vill. (Turtles Lax) — Saxa Laxa takes out South Bend Blues on Rutgers but struggle to score at Nova! (UnderArmourOdor)

Denver: The Pios continue their great season with two wins this week. I expect them to take the MPSF tourney. (Artemis3) — The Pioneers got this far last year, then lost to Oregon in their season finale, presaging a first-round MPSF loss and no NCAA bid. I've been saying all year that Denver will finish what they started this season. Denver rises to no. 5 after ND's struggles and NU's failure to show up on Saturday. (DallasLaxDad) — The Denver Pioneers have put things together out west and have a host of players who deserve recognition for making 2013 such a success to this point. Hannah Hook organizes a solid defensive unit in front of her; the work Jill Remenapp has done in leading the attack has taken Denver to the elite. (draw18) — #9. Pioneers get by challenge from Cal Bears to stay atop of MPSF. (johnnyboy) — Big win over unbeaten Bears and St. Mary's in MPSF play. (LadyLaker) — Continues to be the best of the West. (Lionwatcher) — #6. The Mosh Pit begins with the sixth slot. Denver sits on top of this free for all with a 13-1 record. But their sole loss is to the unranked Blue hens of Delaware. Sheesh ... having ranked the Pioneers at #6 makes me question whether Lucky Laxer has been slipping the Kool-Aid into my lunch box. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 10. Great work, Pioneers. Back in business again! (Rafterjack) — #12. Major MPSF hurdle cleared with win over Cal. (slides2) — 15-1 Pioneers stay at #17. (socrlaxdad) — Pioneers break rust off tools in 3-goal win over Cali Bears and bury St. M. (UnderArmourOdor)

Stony Brook: Nice win vs. BU ... the last challenge remaining on the Seawolves' schedule. (Artemis3) — Despite all the yapping about whether Stony Brook belongs in the upper echelons of the polls, the Seawolves keep winning - and they do have the 14th best RPI. Stony Brook opens my second 10 after getting revenge from the Terriers for last year's one-goal defeat. (DallasLaxDad) — The strides made by the Seawolves in the last two years demonstrate a solid growth and foundation for this team. Proven scorers in Demmianne Cook and Claire Petersen make for a potent attack, but the glue provided by Michelle Rubino makes Stony Brook an elite team. (draw18) — #10. Seawolves break into my top 10 ... not confident of their ability to stay there ... kind of like I felt about Notre Dame earlier. (johnnyboy) — LL likes the result. (Lionwatcher) — #7. Another rock solid job this week. BU was no match. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 9. I see this team as from 'Brooklyn' figuratively. Scrappy, pushing the envelope in any, every direction; born of insecurity. Settle, Seawolf, yes, settle. (Rafterjack) — #11. Barring an unforeseen upset in the conference tourney, Seawolves are set to prove themselves in the wider world. (slides2) — Eco-friendly recycling of my last two week's comments - "The Seawolves are 13-2 ... and look to be the cream of the America East crop." Bad news is I can only do this once more! (socrlaxdad) — Seawolves feast on Terriers have Binghamton Bearcats left to help the SOS! (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: In the words of the great Homer Simpson: "DOH!" This isn't the best time for the Irish to start struggling. (Artemis3) — The committee in my head had a roaring debate whether the Irish belong as high as no. 13 after this very bad week - but ND has beaten the other schools (including G'town and Stanford) that I considered for this spot. So, the voices arguing for 13 won. (DallasLaxDad) — The Irish have depth at both ends of the field; Jenny Granger and Jaimie Morrison combine to make a tough 1-2 punch up front, while Ellie Hilling and Barbara Sullivan do a nice job down low. Leah Gallagher has added nice minutes for ND. (draw18) — #12. Irish having trouble with their back-loaded schedule. (johnnyboy) — Lost to Syracuse and UConn. (LadyLaker) — With a downward bullet? (Lionwatcher) — #12. With three losses in the last four games, Paul Simon comes to mind ... "Slip Slidin' Away." (mytwokeepers) — ND, I understand. What happened with UConn? Is UConn starting to make waves? (novaglax) — My rank: 7. (Rafterjack) — #10. East Coast trip a bummer and embarrassed Wildcats up next. (slides2) — Road losses at 'Cuse and UConn send the Irish tumbling out of my top 10. At 5-3 in the Big East, they are in danger of missing the conference tourney. Added to that Northwestern comes to South Bend this week ... ouch! (socrlaxdad) — Thumped by Da 'Cuse and UConn. (Turtles Lax) — Orange in the Dome are tough, but TL gets unexpected help in his “Kiss the Blarney Stone 4 out of 5” as Huskies give Irish their third loss. (UnderArmourOdor)

Navy: "Don't give up the ship!" The Mids proved they will fight for every inch, and they walk away with two OT wins this week. (Artemis3) — Our future officers sure don't mind working overtime! The Mids close their regular season with a 16-1 record and the eighth best RPI - and that earns a no. 9 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Mids have done well to get through the season basically unscathed thanks to contributions from all lines on the field. The two double overtime games are just what the doctor ordered as putting Navy in tough situations will help them moving forward into May. (draw18) — #14. Who knew - Middies didn't need to strengthen their schedule to be tested. Navy outlasts Jacksonville and American by the slimmest of margins. (johnnyboy) — Two OT squeakers with Jax and American. (LadyLaker) — Tough one with American but a win. (Lionwatcher) — #14. (mytwokeepers) — Close call vs. J'ville. (novaglax) — #15. Mids escape by the skin of their teeth in OT sessions with Jacksonville and American. (slides2) — Mids pull off two double-overtime wins over JU and AU and end up with the Patriot League #1 seed. Expect a rematch with the Eagles for the league title. (socrlaxdad) — Nicely done over Jax to the dismay of the Navy doubters. Who could ever doubt Navy? They will shoot at you ... with BIG guns, and rockets, and torpedoes and stuff. (Turtles Lax) — Mids get two OT wins over J-ville and American. SOS still at #54 for detractors and only the Empire was ranked! (UnderArmourOdor)

Connecticut: Huskies are the real deal. Prove it against the Irish. May make their first Big East tourney. #13. (D-Lax) — I'm thinking the Huskies will be getting polling love on every ballot this week. A 5-1 Big East record, 13-1 overall, conference tourney slot locked up, and an NCAA bid all but secured. All that earns UConn my no. 7 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Huskies have burst onto the scene, thanks to phenomenal seasons thus far by a great trio up front in Lauren Kahn, Carly Palmucci, and Morgan O'Reilly. The work done by Kelsi Tucci down low and the contributions made as a whole have pushed the Huskies into the spotlight. (draw18) — #11. Huskies stand up and demand to be counted. (johnnyboy) — Biggest jump in my poll with big win over UConn. (LadyLaker) — The obvious surprise of 2013. (Lionwatcher) — #8. UConn gets to be ranked ahead of Georgetown for at least this week. Katie Woods!!!! Great coaching job! (mytwokeepers) — #9. Who are these guys? They are for real, but just how real is something we will find out next weekend with G'Town and Loyola. (slides2) — Huskies beat the Irish and crack my top 20. (socrlaxdad) — Blasted Marquette and tarnished the Domers. Moving up just for helping make TL look smart ;-) (Turtles Lax) — Win over Golden Eagles doesn’t move the dial but get a program defining win against luckless Irish! Move up the chart with a bullet! (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: Not much competition vs. St. Bonny but a solid outing. (Artemis3) — UMass wins two more and has a surprisingly easy time against Duquesne in wrapping up the A10 regular season crown. The Minutewomen get my no. 12 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — #15. UMass erupt for 35 goals in their two wins this week. (johnnyboy) — Are they this good? (Lionwatcher) — #17. (mytwokeepers) — #17. Convincing win over Duquesne. (slides2) — Minutewomen claim Atlantic 10 regular season title and #1 seed plus they'll host the tourney. (socrlaxdad) — 15-2 and yielded double digits to just four opponents. They're good. (Turtles Lax) — Sweep A-10. Minutemen have played ONE ranked team, have a worse SOS than Navy, but they got clobbered by the Empire unlike the Mids! (UnderArmourOdor)

Stanford: A win vs. the struggling Ducks, and the Cardinal now prepare for what looks like a likely rematch with Denver in the MPSF tourney. (Artemis3) — The MPSF should get two bids this year. Stanford stays at no. 15. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cardinal continue to challenge all comers and have put together another nice season. With a number of 20-goal scorers on the year, Stanford can get scoring from any of the attackers in a set offense, and Megan Lerner and Nina Swanson do a nice job in the defense. (draw18) — Cardinal put themselves in position to avenge their loss to Denver in MPSF tournament. (johnnyboy) — Two solid MPSF wins this week. (LadyLaker) — Second best in West. (Lionwatcher) — #15. (mytwokeepers) — #18. Take down Oregon and win shootout with San Diego State. (slides2) — Cardinal will close out the regular season on the road at UC Davis and Cal ... two wins will lock-up the MPSF #2 seed. (socrlaxdad) — Good week at home for CardIndianTrees, who roast Ducks and sacrifice Aztecs. (UnderArmourOdor)

Princeton: A good win vs. their Ivy rival keeps the Tigers' tournament hopes alive. (Artemis3) — The Tigers took Penn to OT but lost, then rebounded against the Big Green. That's enough to earn a no. 19 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Tigers are a solid team from top to bottom, with a number of players who are making contributions all over the field. Erin McMunn has taken leadership of this team in the attack, and with Liz Bannatine and Caroline Rehfuss taking charge in the back, the Tigers are heading forward well. (draw18) — #13. Tigers let one get away to Penn to blemish their Ivy league record. (johnnyboy) — Lost to Quakers but beat the Big Green. (LadyLaker) — The roller coaster team of 2013. Good wins, puzzling losses. (Lionwatcher) — #16. (mytwokeepers) — #16. Tigers let lead slip away at Penn, but hold on at Dartmouth. (slides2) — Tigers finish second in the Ancient 8 to Penn but will host the Nittany Lions before the Ivy tourney gets rolling. (socrlaxdad) — Tigers fail against Fightin’ Quakers in Ivy OT duel but get a bounce back win at Big Green! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: By beating Princeton and securing the no. 1 seed in the Ivy League, Penn reenters my ballot at no. 16. (DallasLaxDad) — #17. Can the Quakers close strong with NU remaining on their schedule? (johnnyboy) — Beat Princeton. (LadyLaker) — Could win the Ivy, and I do no even have them in the top 20? Is the Ivy crazy this year or what? (Lionwatcher) — #19. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 13. Cannot fault Quakers. And while not looking to fault them, all along likely was aware they remain a queen of the Ivy, if not THE queen. At home advantage for tourney. Big advantage. (Rafterjack) — #14. Shannon Mangini comes up big in OT wins over Princeton and Brown. (slides2) — Quakers claim the Ivy League regular season crown but will face the Wildcats at Lakeside before hosting the Ancient 8 tourney at Franklin Field. (socrlaxdad) — Back in TOPTM. (Turtles Lax) — Ivy league heater doesn’t end with Tiger win get a OT win to starve off huge upset by Brown! (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: A win is a win, but this team is still struggling to transition the ball. It could be a short (or non-existent) post-season for the Hounds. (Artemis3) — A nice four-game win streak has put the Greyhounds on the positive side of .500 and earned Loyola my no. 17 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Greyhounds have made huge strides from their first couple of games, and that comes through solid leadership and great talent. With veterans who have been at the upper level in recent years, and a host of talent, LC is looking to keep their season going -- and they can do just that. (draw18) — #20. Hounds unleashed with two Big East wins this week. Endeavor to improve 9-6 record but Orange and Huskies standing in their way. (johnnyboy) — Beat Villanova and Rutgers. (LadyLaker) — Part of the Big East group in the top 20. (Lionwatcher) — #20. (mytwokeepers) — #13. Hounds get by Villanova and Rutgers without too much trouble; harder weekend coming up with Syracuse and UConn. (slides2) — Hounds win at 'Nova and Rutgers (swapping with the Hoyas) and go to 5-1 in the Big East. They'll do the same kind of swaps this weekend with Syracuse and UConn doing the Baltimore-DC round trip. All this for a bid in the conference tourney ... lots at stake. (socrlaxdad) — 'Hounds out-sprinted week's foes. Outscored them, as well. (Turtles Lax) — Two comfortable BE wins this week set stage for visit by Lordfader and the Orange. (UnderArmourOdor)

Johns Hopkins: The Blue Jays gave up a 3-goal lead with 6 minutes to play. Five saves on 29 shots isn't the defensive effort they were looking for. D'Amore had a tremendous day, passing the 100-assist mark, but the Jays will need to have a great ALC tournament to be playing in the dance. (Artemis3) — Blue Jays nearly pull off the upset of Penn State, not to happen. Need to make these one-goal games go in their favor. #16. (D-Lax) — With 7 minutes left in Sunday's game, I had the Blue Jays rising several spots. But that's why the game is 60 minutes long. JHU grabs the last spot on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Jays have shown they are a tough out, and with the likes of Taylor D'Amore and Sarah Taylor, Hopkins can make things tough for opposing defenses. With a solid corps in the backfield, the defense can also hold their own. This team has the potential to make things tough for opponents. (draw18) — #19. Hopkins sees much needed conference win slip away versus PSU. (johnnyboy) — Played the Lions tough. (Lionwatcher) — #18. (mytwokeepers) — #20. Beat UMBC to win crab cake cup but nipped in the end by Penn State. (slides2) — Jays fall to my #16 with a one-goal loss to Penn State. (socrlaxdad) — Short road trip to double up UMBC but come up a goal short versus We Are ... at Homewood! (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: Good, solid win vs. Va. Tech. Unfortunately, I think the Hoos make an early ACC exit. (Artemis3) — Can the Hoos beat Duke in the ACC first round? Unless and until that happens, Virginia is unranked. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cavaliers are still looking for a solid identity with the talent level they have. While UVa has faced a tough schedule, they have a one-game season in front of them, and the strength they have shown throughout the season will carry them to a must-win game. (draw18) — Win over Hokies put Hoos at .500 and in a position to salvage their post-season aspirations. (johnnyboy) — At 8-8, I cannot put UVa in my top 20. (LadyLaker) — Not sure they belong here, but I do not know who should be in the spot. (Lionwatcher) — #23. Hoos keep heads above water (barely) by beating Hokies. (slides2) — 'Hoos finally notch an ACC win ... with their last chance. (socrlaxdad) — Last gasp? (Turtles Lax) — Get an ACC win over Va. Tech ... not in the ACC basement! (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston College: A tough week in Boston didn't stop the Eagles from extending their winning streak to 7 games. BC rises to no. 18. (DallasLaxDad) — Boston College has the players who can make lots of noise in the upcoming ACC tournament. They have done well to move up in the ranks of this tough conference; the talent and experience has arrived. The youth talent is making the attack deep and tough to get out. (draw18) — #16. BC not looking like Duke beaters in two close shaves this week over Harvard and Canisius. (johnnyboy) — #13. Ending on a strong run. "Thank you, weak end of year schedule!" (mytwokeepers) — #19. Eagles squeak by Harvard and hold off feisty Canisius. (slides2) — Six in a row after beating Havuhd to claim the championship of Beantown. And now seven straight. (Turtles Lax) — Eagles looking past Harvard and Canisus don’t impress. (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: A stinging loss to Ivy rival Princeton. The Big Green looked disorganized and chaotic at times. Let's hope they regroup before the Ivies. (Artemis3) — Big Green's only hope for NCAA post-season play is to take the Ivy tournament crown. (johnnyboy) — Hanging around the bottom of the list. (Lionwatcher) — #21. Play Princeton tough but can't seal the deal. (slides2) — Loss to Princeton sends the Big Green out of the top 20. (socrlaxdad) — Even with loss to Tigers get the 3rd seed and have the Tigers again after a Harvard tune up. (UnderArmourOdor)

Cornell: 1 and 1 for the week. The Big Red will need to win the Ivy League to get in to the NCAA tournament, I think. (Artemis3) — Big Red owns a couple of good wins out of conference and enough Ivy wins to make conference tournament ... enough to give them hope and a chance. (johnnyboy) — #22. Pasted by Syracuse but come back to beat Yale. (slides2) — Dome visit goes badly but grab the Ivy 4th seed with Yale win. (UnderArmourOdor)

Ohio State: Ohio State has its season in the balance and control in its hands; they have the depth and talent that can play with anyone. Katie Chase is having a great season, as are the Facchina sisters. The Buckeyes have to close out one of these games. (draw18)

Towson: Still a .500 team but Tigers rebound from Hofstra loss with win over Drexel to secure top seeding in Colonial tournament. Laxfan60, I'll put Tigers on my list of almost top 20 teams ... best I can do. (johnnyboy) — Tigers claim third straight CAA regular season title. (socrlaxdad) — Tigers toothless vs. Hofstra. Implants before toothsome Drexel? Who knows ... yet somehow prevailed. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers slumber against Hofstra but may have been looking past them to Drexel who they beat for CAA crown. (UnderArmourOdor)

James Madison: #18. JMU display their offense this weekend, tallying 35 over ODU and W&M. (johnnyboy) — JMU crushed ODU to finish the regular season at 6-1 in the CAA ... with the #2 seed. (socrlaxdad)

Albany: A four-game win streak has the Danes back on my radar - but still unranked this week. (DallasLaxDad) — #25. 2nd best in America East and hoping for a rematch with Stony Brook, just like last year. (slides2) — Overlook the Dawgs at your peril. Your team's peril, too. (Turtles Lax)

Louisville: #24. Cards champs of the west end of the Big East when they top Cincy. (slides2)



Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Rutgers: A tough week for the Scarlett Knights. They still may make the NCAAs, but they've got to win the next two. Rutgers falls off my ballot with the pair of losses this week. (DallasLaxDad) — Bad beats by Hoyas and Loyola. (Turtles Lax) — Bad Knights in Piscataway this week! (UnderArmourOdor)

. UMBC:

. Jacksonville: Torpedoed by your Navy. Closing port in revenge. (Turtles Lax)

. Monmouth: Why? How 'bout nine straight Ws whilst yielding a mere six goals a game? Word. (Turtles Lax)


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