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Week-by-Week Poll Matrix for 2013

LaxPower WD1 Forum Poll #13
May 7, 2013

RankTeamPast Week (or Since Last Poll)Pts.1stPrev.
1Maryland (19-0)340171
2Northwestern (17-2)W Penn State 9-8, W Florida 8-33105
3North Carolina (14-3)3043
4Syracuse (16-3)W UConn 19-6, W Georgetown 14-72874
5Florida (17-2)W Ohio St. 17-3, L Northwestern 3-82862
6Georgetown (13-5)W Loyola 16-14, L Syracuse 7-142286
7Penn State (12-6)W Vanderbilt 16-14, L Northwestern 8-92188
8Duke (12-5)W Boston U. 18-92009
9Stony Brook (16-2)W Vermont 18-4, W Albany 14-318810
10Navy (18-1)16011
11Notre Dame (12-4)14912
12Denver (17-2)W USC 17-11, L Stanford 6-71457
13Massachusetts (17-2)13213
14Penn (11-5)W Cornell 10-5, W Dartmouth 10-710218
15Loyola (10-8)L Georgetown 14-1610015
16Virginia (9-9)9217
17Princeton (10-6)L Dartmouth 10-118514
18Stanford (13-5)W California 16-6, W Denver 7-67720
19Connecticut (13-4)L Syracuse 6-196516
20Boston College (12-7)39NR
Others receiving votes: Dartmouth (16), Johns Hopkins (14), Towson (12), Albany (7), Cornell (5), Louisville (5), Canisius (3), Jacksonville (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: Overall #1 seed and overall #1. Good day to be a Turtle. (Artemis3) — Undefeated, indisputable No. 1. (D-Lax) — There's no doubt the Terps are the best team in the nation and deserve the top spot. That said, championships are not always won by the best team, and I can't shake this feeling that they will be upset when they play the Tar Heels for the third time - this time for all the marbles. (DallasLaxDad) — The Terps have steamrolled through the 2013 season with an impressive display of talented offense and staunch defense. Maryland has a number of players who can put the ball in the net at one end of the field; the Terps have a strong defense that is anchored by Iliana Sanza. (draw18) — #1. Looked back on my preseason rankings and Terps surpassed my expectations with an unblemished regular season record, as I had them losing 1-2 games. Will be well rested and you have to think very prepared for either Stony Brook or Towson. (johnnyboy) — #1. No blemishes. Top overall seed. Back to the promised land? (Lionwatcher) — #1. This is getting a bit redundant ... The Terps remain Número UNO. (mytwokeepers) — The Terps vs. the Purple Reign. It's coming! (novaglax) — My rank: 1. I leave you here Maryland. At the top. A fabulous and marvelous body of work in 2013! Now is when, if you expect to finish, you need to dig deepest. Thank you. And ... may the best team win! Still not enough teams ... in ourney! (Rafterjack) — #1. Run the table and deserve the top seed. (slides2) — Terps were a lock for the NCAA #1 seed, and I expect them in the Final Four Memorial Day weekend. (socrlaxdad) — #1. (Turtles Lax) — Turtles rest and get a well-deserved #1 seed! (UnderArmourOdor)

Northwestern: You just can't ever rule them out ... ever. (Artemis3) — Coach Amonte revives her magic for the ALC Championship. No. 3. (D-Lax) — The Wildcats have seemingly lived on the razor's edge all year long, allowing allegedly "lesser" teams to hang around. While they are an incredible team, from what I've seen they are not a top-four squad this year. NU settles at no. 5. (DallasLaxDad) — It’s tough to beat the ‘Cats twice in one season. When Alyssa Leonard is on, she is arguably the toughest player in the circle. Add the tenacity of Gabriella Flibotte and the guts of Kerri Harrington, and Northwestern can set the tone for a game. When their defense is humming, this is a solid squad. (draw18) — #4. Everything that had to go right for the Wildcats to beat UF did ... solid game plan but better execution. Doesn't always go that way especially on 50-50 balls in the draw scrums, but it did on Sunday. Timing perfect as NU rides the wave to the #2 seed. (johnnyboy) — LL's sole comment on final poll ... if any team can beat MD, it's NU, and it will all come down to coaching. (LadyLaker) — #3. I have learned my lesson. I am no longer surprised by anything the Cats do. Simply the best coaching, bar none. Kids who buy in and simply do their jobs. (Lionwatcher) — #3. Movin' on up - thank you, Florida - as the Wildcats redeem themselves from last week's drubbing by the Gators and win the ALC to move up a to the third slot. (mytwokeepers) — After the debacle in Gatorville, excellent strategy. (novaglax) — My rank: 2. Bounced around a little, Cats. Yes. maybe a few distractions? Yes, you're entitled ... and yes, you weren't distracted from Gators (conference tourney). Bravo! Expect you will stick it from here on out. Otherwise, find new occupation with all due respect (which is mammoth, enormous)? (Rafterjack) — #2. Draw controls, draw controls, draw controls! (slides2) — Wildcats show the lacrosse world they're not done ... in fact, no team should want them in their side of the NCAA bracket. (socrlaxdad) — #4. Yuck. (Turtles Lax) — Darth Shorts takes out the new Deathstar that was “armed with a terrific game plan” (first words of their own PR) to lull the Gators with a “what are we calling it now instead of the s-word” deliberate offense in Charm City! (UnderArmourOdor)

North Carolina: The Tar Heels are the #3 seed and are on course for another showdown with the storm troopers. (Artemis3) — UNC finishes the regular season at No. 2. Could this be their year? (D-Lax) — Carolina moves back up to no. 2 after the Gators lay an egg in the ALC championship. It's a gut feeling, and nothing more, but I have this sense that the Tar Heels will be hoisting the trophy this year, as the third time to play the Terps will be a charm. (DallasLaxDad) — The Tar Heels have a roster that smacks of talent; they have experience and they have been tested this year throughout the schedule. It comes down to the ability of the seniors to lead this team in this third season; UNC has players that have been to the final weekend. That experience can be vital. (draw18) — #2. Before the season, I thought UNC would lose 2-3 games and come on strong at season's end. Still feel that way as we may see an all ACC final. (johnnyboy) — #2. Great season so far. Can they get a third shot to break the shell? (Lionwatcher) — #2. Carolina climbs to the second slot as Florida crashes and burns in the ALC finals. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 5. Ditto (see Florida, 4. rank). (Rafterjack) — #4. Path to Final Four looks set. (slides2) — Nitpicking with the selection committee, but the 'Heels are my #5 ... their #3. (socrlaxdad) — #2. Back where they truly belong. And that's a compliment. (Turtles Lax) — Heels may have to look into this revolutionary “deliberate offense” if they meet the Terps a third time! (UnderArmourOdor)

Syracuse: This team has a lot of guts and talent. The overall #4 seed could find themselves back at championship weekend. (Artemis3) — Consistency when it counts--just like last year. Will the Orange take off into the championship game? (D-Lax) — The post-Tumolo Orange don't seem to have missed a beat. Now the Big East champions, they earn my no. 4 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Orange have a great offense, with rookie Kayla Treanor making a huge impact in SU’s front line. Adding a solid defense unit led by Becca Block gives reason for opponents to be concerned about taking on the Orange in the Carrier Dome, which is already an imposing place to play. (draw18) — #3. Orange not caring much about their three early season losses. They are winning on more than just talent now, which makes them final four material IMO. (johnnyboy) — #5. Orange juices the Big East as a last hurrah. Do they have enough defense to take it all? (Lionwatcher) — #5. The 'Cuse has made a strong statement closing the season with a ton of wins including Notre Dame, Loyola, and Georgetown (twice). (mytwokeepers) — Beast of the East ... but will they be able to play the ACC and the ALC top tier teams throughout the tourney. (novaglax) — My rank: 3. Seem to me at the top of your game. Urge, expect you to arduously, religiously, faithfully, conscientiously adhere to rules, regulations. (Rafterjack) — #5. 4/5 match-up always the toughest. Orange fortunate to get home advantage, but they are playing very good lacrosse right now. (slides2) — 'Cuse are the Big East champs and NCAA #4 seed. (socrlaxdad) — #3. Call 'em "butter" (or orange marmalade); they're on a roll. (Turtles Lax) — Coach looked resplendent in his Michael Kors 'Cuse orange dress shirt sans jacket on a finally warmish game in DC as another southern swing ends with a bye-bye BE Trophy! (UnderArmourOdor)

Florida: Held to only 3 goals, their lowest offensive total all season, the Gators looked stunned. I'm not sure I agree with a #5 seed but on the bright side they should be awfully hungry for redemption. (Artemis3) — Blows out the Cats one week and gets shut down in the end. Couldn't come up with an answer at the ALC. No. 5. (D-Lax) — I was tempted to drop the Gators to fourth after Sunday's lack of performance in the ALC final - but that would be too much of a reaction, as Florida did beat Syracuse. No. 3. (DallasLaxDad) — The Gators have the talent to match up with anyone in the nation, and they have the senior leadership that can provide the spark. Now they are the team that is the hunted ones, and they have to react to that. Don’t cry for Florida, however ... the explosiveness of this team is daunting. (draw18) — #5. Not sure anatomically that a Gator has an Achilles heal ... but they sure do figuratively. They do not play well from behind (see games vs. PSU and NU). Thing is, very few teams have the ability to put UF in that position. Syracuse can, though. (johnnyboy) — #4. A glitch. Can Gators learn from this and use it to crawl to Nirvana? (Lionwatcher) — #4. Last week Florida seized the second slot with their decisive victory over Northwestern. This week they meekly rejected that spot and fell to #4 scoring a mere three goals in the ALC championship game. Inquiring minds are asking, "Are they 'The Not Ready For Prime Time Players?'" (mytwokeepers) — Time to regroup and be ready for the semis and finals. (novaglax) — My rank: 4. Still have complaint. Thus here you are at four (see N. Carolina, 5. rank). (Rafterjack) — #3. Not so ferocious outside the Swamp. Still, I thought they got low-balled with the 5th seed. (slides2) — Gators failed to adjust to NU's slow-down game ... and they drop one spot. Still a final four team in my mind. (socrlaxdad) — #8. (Turtles Lax) — Awful follow-up “had no answer” from their own PR and dorfmac didn’t sound convincing that adjustments can be made. Lose late, drops to 5th. (UnderArmourOdor)

Georgetown: #7 in the poll. #7 in the tourney. (Artemis3) — Great season but couldn't come up with answers against the eventual Big East champions. No. 6. (D-Lax) — The Hoyas grab my 10th spot. They have no wins against top 10 opposition plus losses to Notre Dame and Duke, whom I have ranked lower. But the 13-5 record and no. 6 RPI says they belong in the top 10. (DallasLaxDad) — The Hoyas have forged an incredible season with consistent play from top to bottom. Kelsi Bozel is having a very nice year, and with GU working with a core group of players, all of whom are making contributions each game, this team has earned its position as one of the top teams in the nation. (draw18) — #7. Hoyas had a much stronger season than I thought they would ... I had then unranked in my preseason poll. Good squad with skills, no superstar, team play making up for certain flaws. A lot like Virginia, their first round opponent. (johnnyboy) — #6. Real solid season for the Hoyas, but I don't think they have enough to get to Memorial Day weekend. (Lionwatcher) — #7. Georgetown is my seventh team, but they are clearly one of many in the Mosh Pit that I have trouble believing in from game to game. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 9. Good job by you Hoyas. Congrats! And, yes, I did think immediately, "Hmm, two to Orange. C'mon, Georgetown you CAN do better!" And, and ... 'Cuse' here at end of this year, where were init. highly touted, ARE-ON-A-MISSION. Current nature of the beast. (Rafterjack) — #7. Good team, but eternal bridesmaids. (slides2) — Hoyas drop the Big East final at home against the Orange but still get a very good seeding ... #6. (socrlaxdad) — #7. (Turtles Lax) — Hoyas get by Hounds, but home field is no help again a week later against Cuse! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn State: Fantastic ALC semifinal against NU. This team fights hard and will do well in the tournament. (Artemis3) — OT loss at the ALC doesn't tarnish an outstanding comeback season. No. 7. (D-Lax) — It's tough to figure out exactly where the Nittany Lions belong. On the one hand, they beat the Gators and were very impressive in taking NU to OT. On the other hand, they've got losses to teams that don't seem to rise to their level, in Loyola and Princeton. I'm settling at no. 9. (DallasLaxDad) — The Nittany Lions have a solid star in Jenna Mosketti and her play, along with Kelly Lechner and Maggie McCormick, have put Penn State squarely in the discussion of top teams. This is a young team that is incredibly talented; adding veteran leadership from Guy and Coffey make them tougher. (draw18) — #6. Was arguing back and forth with myself about whether Nittanies deserve a top 8 seed. Only one of us was right. Had a chance to beat NU in semis and came up short. (johnnyboy) — #7. Lions gave Cats all they could handle. Will they they play two more weekends ... or more? (Lionwatcher) — #10. I hate quality losses, but an OT loss to Northwestern is nothing to jump off a bridge over. The tenth slot seems fair to me. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 12. (Rafterjack) — #8. Credit Nittany Lions for scaring the you know what out of Northwestern. (slides2) — Nittany Lions gave NU all they could handle on neutral turf, but close win over Vandy was a bit troubling. Which team shows up in the NCAAs? (socrlaxdad) — #9. (Turtles Lax) — We Are ... bounce back against the Dores, and the Lions could have saved lots of Gator clubbing if they had pulled off the OT upset of the Empire. (UnderArmourOdor)

Duke: An up and down year for the Devils. They might make a run at tournament time, but they have to get by Princeton first. (Artemis3) — Second half of the season needs to look like the beginning. No. 8, before heading to the tourney. (D-Lax) — Which team will show up against Princeton? The one which took North Carolina to OT or the one which lost to Virginia in the first round of the ACC tourney? Duke gets my vote for no. 12. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Devils are once again in the upper echelon of the women’s game, and they are solid from Kelsea Duryea in the cage—as a rookie—throughout the lineup to a potent front line. When this team is moving together well, the Blue Devils can wreak some havoc. (draw18) — #9. I'm taking Duke in the first round for a win over Penn simply because they do not have to play an ACC team who are responsible for 4 of their 5 losses. (johnnyboy) — #8. Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying, planning and dreaming. Can they get by the Tigers and then sink some ships for three straight at College Park? (Lionwatcher) — #12. Too much talent for me to ignore. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 6. Looking at a body of work, I usually can't avoid ACC teams even when numbers might speak, 'Mountain Pacific' or 'Ivy' or 'American Conference' ... (even, 'Larry', speak). Duke, you go here. But, from the land of Dave Gavitt, B.E. business not good for players or fans any way-shape-manner! (Rafterjack) — #9. Tune up with rout of BU. (slides2) — Dookies bounce back from ACC loss ... but still hit the road for round one. (socrlaxdad) — #16. (Turtles Lax) — Duke University Blue Devils (always safe to go with that) do some pre-tourney work at home on the Terriers. (UnderArmourOdor)

Stony Brook: The SBU/Towson game could be a great one. But, the celebration will be short lived as the winner meets the Turtle. (Artemis3) — Will now finally get tested in the Dance. No. 10. (D-Lax) — AE regular and tournament champions, an 11-game winning streak, and an overall 16-2 record. The two losses are to top-4 squads. The Seawolves grab my no. 8 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Seawolves have made incredible strides over the last couple of years, and Janine Hillier deserves a lot of credit for that. There is firepower in Demmianne Cook and stability in the cage in Frankie Caridi, but the work that Hillier and Michelle Rubino perform cannot be overlooked. (draw18) — #8. I think Towson's defense will keep Seawolves' scoring to 10 or less. Also think SB's defense will keep Towson to about half that to set up a rematch with the Terps. (johnnyboy) — #9. Business take care-ers. First non-host? Certainly a bad second round match-up. (Lionwatcher) — #6. Stony Brook has moved to the sixth slot. For most of the season I have called this the Top of the Mosh Pit. I'm starting to think they may have almost redefined themselves. I will fully reassess after the Towson game this week. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 14. Schedule? (Rafterjack) — #6. Let's see what Seawolves can do. (slides2) — America East champs will face CAA champs Towson at College Park in the 1st round. (socrlaxdad) — Seawolves re-feast on AE foes and book an NCAA date in College Park ... LGL rests. (UnderArmourOdor)

Navy: Congrats to the Mids! Seeded in the NCAA tournament. If they get there, a Navy/Duke showdown could be a good one. (Artemis3) — So, tournament games will be played in Annapolis??? That - and an 18-1 record and a seventh best RPI, with the only loss in a close game to my no. 5 squad - is good enough for me to put the Mids at no. 6. (DallasLaxDad) — Jasmine DePompeo deserves a lot of credit for taking this team as far as she has – and it’s not over yet. Navy has built a solid program, and with Loren Generi and Aimee Genarro both returning for the Mids, Navy will be around for a while. (draw18) — #18. Still trying to figure how Navy, despite the record, zero wins over ranked teams, and one-goal victories as of late to lesser teams gets a number 8 seed and a free pass to the second round being matched up with Monmouth. But since it is done, picking Navy to ride home field to two tourney wins. (johnnyboy) — #13. Got their orders, and the orders say sleep in, because there is no traveling this week. Can they get past the first weekend? (Lionwatcher) — #8. A quality loss against Northwestern has distinguished Navy far more than three overtime victories to mediocre teams has stained them. The Mids come in at the eighth slot ... very strong in the Mosh Pit. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 16. Schedule? You pollsters, stop giving freebies to teams with easy scheds! (Rafterjack) — #10. Still not sure Mids deserve 8th seed, but will give committee benefit of the doubt. (slides2) — Mids get the NCAA #8 seed, but I can't place them above #9 - too many close games down the stretch. Big plus for them to host round one ... and probably round two as well. (socrlaxdad) — #6. (Turtles Lax) — Mids in the Big Dance with a seed to provide some fiber to some diets ... Bravo Zulu. (UnderArmourOdor)

Notre Dame: I'm not sure what to make of the Irish. They are a good team but just can't seem play consistently for two halves. They better figure it out ... a peaking Stanford Cardinal awaits. (Artemis3) — Despite not making the Big East tourney, have a great season to show for themselves and get selected for the Big Dance. No. 9. (D-Lax) — Hopefully the rest will serve the Irish well as they make their annual NCAA trek to Evanston. No. 17. (DallasLaxDad) — The Fighting Irish might not have made their Big East tournament, but that does not mean you can count them out. With a senior-laden roster that has both talent and experience, ND is prepared to make up for lost time. Barbara Sullivan anchors a defense that is solid. (draw18) — #10. Curse of the Irish women's laxers is being in the same region as NU. I think they will handle Stanford and give NU a decent game. (johnnyboy) — #10. Tough to give the Irish too much love after the late season swoon and no local dance. Nothing like visiting Lakeside in May. Can they teach the Cardinal a lesson? (Lionwatcher) — #15. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 7. (Rafterjack) — #14. Evanston yet again? Bollocks! (slides2) — Irish kept out of Big East tourney ... but still make the NCAAs and get a "sort-of home game" in Evanston against Stanford. (socrlaxdad) — #19. Not sure why Stanford and Notre Dame are even playing a first-round match. Neither has a chance in the Evil Empire. And folks talk about "stacked" in favor of anyone else??? Oh, dear. (Turtles Lax) — TL’s “Kiss the Blarney Stone 4 out of 5” leaves Irish with another trip to Chicago. This time they get a date with the Best of the West! (UnderArmourOdor)

Denver: Thrilled for Liza Kelly (MPSF Coach of the Year) and the Pios for making the tournament field. The loss to Stanford had to sting. Drawing Jacksonville has to sting a little bit more. (Artemis3) — The one-goal MPSF finals loss likely cost the Pioneers a host assignment for the NCAAs, and it drops Denver just outside my top 10, to no. 11. (DallasLaxDad) — This team earned its spot in the tournament thanks to solid play all season long from Jill Remenapp and Kate Henrich. Hannah Hook has been an anchor in the cage, and the Pioneers have established themselves as a force and the veteran leadership has brought this team to the forefront. (draw18) — #15. Stanford ruined the Pioneers' Rocky Mountain high, (in) Colorado. Get a chance to show they are not just an MPSF wonder against Jacksonville. (johnnyboy) — #11. Needed to take care of the Cardinal. What is the prize? A trip to Dizney and a feisty Jacksonville. (Lionwatcher) — #9. After several weeks atop the Mosh Pit, Denver loses to Stanford and falls to number nine. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 13. Schedule? (Rafterjack) — #12. Not quite enough in the end to win MPSF. (slides2) — Pioneers "upset" in the conference final but got a more favorable draw by playing the Dolphins in round one. (socrlaxdad) — #10. (Turtles Lax) — Eugene Eureka as Pioneers only unearth heartbreak in the MPSF! Two 6-7 losses ruin great year and get them an all-expense paid vacation in Fla! (UnderArmourOdor)

Massachusetts: I love the UConn/UMass match-up. This could be the game to watch in the first round. (Artemis3) — The Minutewomen are now on a 14-game winning streak, have secured the A10 regular season and tournament crowns, and finish the regular season with a 17-2 record. No one gives championships for RPI rankings, but UMass' RPI is eighth best. UMass gets my no. 7 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — While the play of Katie Ferris has been spectacular, you cannot overlook the contributions made by Tanner Guarino, Sam Rush and Lauren Terracciano. The Minutewomen have maintained a program of excellence over the last couple of years, and their results have spoken volumes. (draw18) — #11. New England bragging rights on the line next Friday ... perhaps the local recruiting edge too goes to the victor when UMass meets UConn in the NCAA first round. (johnnyboy) — #12. Nothing happened this week. Heading to Happy Valley for a date with some feisty Huskies and then, I believe, some tough Lions. (Lionwatcher) — #16. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 15. Schedule? (Rafterjack) — #17. Perennial moment of truth for Minutewomen, now that cushy schedule is past. (slides2) — Minutewomen will play their southern neighbors in Happy Valley to open the tourney. (socrlaxdad) — #5. (Turtles Lax) — Minutemen get a match-up with the Huskies and meet their second ranked team ... I’m not confident! (UnderArmourOdor)

Penn: They have a favorable match up with UVa and they could make some noise. (Artemis3) — The Quakers' second half of the season redeemed their early fumbles. The Ivy champs get the unlucky no. 13 slot with their late resurgence. (DallasLaxDad) — The Quakers kept their foot on the accelerator in the Ivy season, adding the tournament crown to their regular season title thanks to veteran leadership and talent. With Caroline Bunting coming on strong to complement Maddie Poplawski and Meredith Cain, Penn is setting themselves up to make noise. (draw18) — #16. Quakers earn Ivy AQ but think they will narrowly lose out in the first round battle with UVa. (johnnyboy) — #18. Late season successes get them a just barely eligible set of Hoos in what could be a top game. Can they survive and advance past Sunday? (Lionwatcher) — #18. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 8. Hope this excellent Ivy 'believes' as much as Rafter does. Do not disappoint please, Quakers. You got there; all is legit! (Rafterjack) — #11. Let's give some love to the Ivy champs. (slides2) — Quakers get the Ivy AQ ... but Princeton still gets a higher ranking from me. (socrlaxdad) — #23. (Turtles Lax) — Ivy League tourney in Franklin Field book the Quakers in, but they have to leave those drafty confines for DC! (UnderArmourOdor)

Loyola: Another team that ekes into the field ... the Greyhounds get a favorable first round clash with High Point ... but the Tar Heels await. (Artemis3) — Early losses to Johns Hopkins and Delaware haunted the Greyhounds all season. But they have a chance to make some noise in the NCAAs, and they were a strong-enough squad some of the time to earn my no. 15 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Greyhounds have turned this season around from the beginning with the rookies growing up quickly and the veterans recognizing what they can do as a team together. By veterans that means a sophomore class that includes Annie Thomas, Kara Burke, and Taryn VanThof, the core of a great class. (draw18) — #12. I think Loyola got a favorable first round match-up with High Point. But between now and UNC in the second round, the Hounds need to sniff out a few more draws and a tighter defense. (johnnyboy) — #17. Hounds will harass High Point for a hitch-up with the Heels. (Lionwatcher) — #13. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 17. (Rafterjack) — #13. Fight the good fight against Georgetown but come up short. (slides2) — 'Hounds looked strong down the stretch winning 5 of their last 7. (socrlaxdad) — #12. (Turtles Lax) — Would have loved to beat Hoya Laxa but get a nice draw against High Point. (UnderArmourOdor)

Virginia: The Hoos squeak into this tournament field and draw Penn. I think the celebration in the 'ville will be a short one. (Artemis3) — Tough record, better team. No. 12. (D-Lax) — A .500 record but 16th ranked RPI earns the Hoos my no. 19 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The Cavaliers can play excellent lacrosse when they set their mind to it; this is a team that has a host of talent at every line. When they are backed against the wall, the Hoos can find a way to win. Casey Bocklet has done well for Virginia and added huge, talented depth in the attack. (draw18) — #13. Once again, the Cavaliers carry the worst W-L record into the NCAA tournament. But I think UVa is playing better as of late, and Gtown will be an opponent to their liking. Hint - shoot early and often. (johnnyboy) — #16. Quakers and Cavaliers, neither with a home game. Who would have thunk it? But all is not lost, because a win gets you a date with the Hoyas, and I am not sure that they are all that. (Lionwatcher) — #20. Just for Lucky. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 10. Even at 9/9 or whatever it is ... you now clearly fit to go. Cream again, rising. Like. (Rafterjack) — #20. Hoos squeak their way into tournament; can never be taken lightly. (slides2) — Except for upset of Duke in the ACC quarterfinals, the 'Hoos haven't shown well against ranked teams. Facing Penn at Georgetown is a toss-up in my book. (socrlaxdad) — #13. Quakers already quaking. 'Hoo's the bracket-buster this year? 'Hoos!!!! Georgetown not very happy. (Turtles Lax) — Hoos get an old foe the Quakers and thankfully not in Franklin Field! (UnderArmourOdor)

Princeton: A tough, double OT loss to their Ivy rival was disappointing. BUT these Tigers could surprise and take down an unpredictable Duke. (Artemis3) — Princeton settles at no. 14, right behind a Penn squad they took to OT. (DallasLaxDad) — The Tigers forged their way to the tournament by playing good ball throughout the season; Erin McMunn’s leadership up front and the play of Liz Bannatine in the back has laid the stage for Princeton to make some noise in the tournament. (draw18) — #17. I can see Princeton beating Duke and Navy in the NCAA tournament. Problem is I can see Tigers losing to either too. Except for being in the same bracket as MD, this was a pretty good draw for Princeton for rounds one and two. (johnnyboy) — #15. Up and down Tigers get the up and down Blue Devils in one of the best first round match-ups. A win would set up an interesting second round game which, IMHO, is winnable. Do they get to weekend two? (Lionwatcher) — #19. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 20. Yes, jerseys might have been clearer, cleaner, Coach. Me think cheap shot, esp. held to end. Ya, cheap begets cheap. (Rafterjack) — #15. OT loss to Dartmouth derails Tigers' Ivy hopes. Still could surprise in playoffs. (slides2) — Tigers lose in Ivy semis ... not a strong momentum builder heading to Naptown to face the Dookies. (socrlaxdad) — #14. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers fall in Ivy semis and pay for it with a meeting with the Duki ... Duke University Blue Devils ... have to stop listening to Dickie V! (UnderArmourOdor)

Stanford: MPSF champs draw Notre Dame ... and the winner gets to battle the Death Star. (Artemis3) — Win when it counts--MPSF champions. No. 13. (D-Lax) — The Cardinal rescued their NCAA hopes on Saturday and, with that, earned the last spot on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — #21. Cardinal take themselves off the bubble by grabbing the MPSF AQ slot. Actually the best scenario for both Stanford and Denver to make it into the NCAAs. (johnnyboy) — #14. Cardinal stepped up. But their reward is a rested, but unhappy, set of Irish. (Lionwatcher) — #11. Beating Denver is a big deal ... winning the tournament is a big deal. (mytwokeepers) — My rank: 11. Showed at long last (and how long will it last) some grit did Stanford. Bravo! Is it all the surf and sun, otherwise? (Rafterjack) — #18. Back on top of MPSF. (slides2) — Cardinal claim the MPSF title and the AQ with 1-goal win over Denver. No favors getting Notre Dame in the 1st round. (socrlaxdad) — #20. Very unlikely winner gets slot. See ND comments for further. (Turtles Lax) — CardIndianTrees pull off the upset of the weekend, what other game? For their trouble, they go to the Windy City for first the Irish ... then ... why go on! (UnderArmourOdor)

Connecticut: First Big East tourney; first NCAA tourney. Huskies have arrived. No. 17. (D-Lax) — A three game losing streak to end the regular season somewhat tarnished a breakout season for the Huskies, but an NCAA bid is a just reward. No. 16 on my ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — The Huskies started strong and put themselves in position to extend their season despite ending the regular season against a trio of top-10 teams. UConn was able to hold their own through excellent play after a season-long buildup. Lauren Kahn has taken this team on her back and led them to NCAAs. (draw18) — #14. The surprise team of 2013, IMO, and I think most of us appreciate seeing new teams in the mix. (johnnyboy) — #19. Huskies hard work gets rewarded. If they survive, I think the Lions will devour the dogs. (Lionwatcher) — #14. (mytwokeepers) — Three in a row. Not good going into the tourney. (novaglax) — My rank: 25. Great job, UConn. Keep it up. Hope is commencement of great things to come! Nutmeg-er. (Rafterjack) — #19. Early-season run to new found respectability, but fading fast. (slides2) — Huskies make the tourney ... and the 5th Big East team in the dance. (socrlaxdad) — #15. Will be one and done. (Turtles Lax) — Drop last three games but at least were in the final BE tourney! (UnderArmourOdor)

Boston College: The late season recovery earns the Eagles this no. 18 vote. (DallasLaxDad) — The addition of Sarah Mannelly to a lineup that featured Mikaela Rix and Covie Stanwick was only going to bring positive results. The Eagles flew high this year, and their return to the tournament was clear as the rookies gelled with the veteran talent. (draw18) — #19. Eagles riding their ACC success over Duke and Virginia into the NCAA. Giving the 3rd place team of the ACC the edge over the 3rd place team from the Ivy. (johnnyboy) — #20. Thank you for 26. The Eagles fly another day. Could get two in the Dome. (Lionwatcher) — My rank: 19. (Rafterjack) — #22. Stanwick-Rix combo keeps Eagles in the hunt. (slides2) — #11. Eagles will give Da 'Cuse all they can handle ... maybe more. You heard it here first. (Turtles Lax) — I had to look back as Eagles seemed to play everyone else up North except the Big Green! (UnderArmourOdor)

Dartmouth: #22. Big Green's reward for win over Princeton was to be placed in the toughest bracket of the women's D1 tournament. Thanks a lot. (johnnyboy) — My rank: 23. Bias here. Was a great performance though against Tigers. Very great - thank you. (Rafterjack) — #16. Probably the last team in, but also probably better than a number of the AQs. (slides2) — #25. (Turtles Lax) — Rafterman is so proud of the Big Green coming off the bubble by beating the Tigers but can’t unseat the Fighting Quakers in FF. (UnderArmourOdor)

Johns Hopkins: Big question at the regular season end: Can the Jays finally have a consistent season next year and make the tourney? (D-Lax) — Losses to American and Ohio State doomed the Blue Jays' tournament chances - and knocked them off my regular season finale ballot. (DallasLaxDad) — The Blue Jays have a roster that can produce from the backfield up through the top scoring line; the combination of Taylor D’Amore and Sarah Taylor is a tough 1-2 punch for the Hop. With Octavia Williams playing great lacrosse, the future is bright for the Blue Jays. (draw18) — #23. Taking the long view on JHU's season here, as I thought they would be a .500 squad in 2013, and they ended up 10-7 with a couple of Ws over tourney teams. Two they would like to have back are American and OSU. (johnnyboy) — My rank: 18. (Rafterjack) — #23. When will the Jays learn to finish? (slides2) — Jays are the best team left out of the dance ... loss at home to the Buckeyes was the death knell for their season. (socrlaxdad) — Second game of away-and-home series with Buckeyes doesn’t go to the Hop by one and is a dagger! (UnderArmourOdor)

Towson: This team is good. They could very well beat Stony Brook. But neither of them beat the Turtles. (Artemis3) — #20. Colonial wins give the Tigers the AQ and a more respectable W-L record. Don't think they have enough scoring to take down Stony Brook but will keep the Seawolves' offense to about 10. (johnnyboy) — #17. (mytwokeepers) — #21. Overcome injuries to win CAA yet again. (slides2) — CAA champs ... but not in my top 20. (socrlaxdad) — #17. Say goodbye to the Seawolves. They will not enjoy this, their last visit to Turtle Town for a long, long time. (Turtles Lax) — Tigers don’t get any love for a CAA crown as they beat Hofstra and Drexel twice each in two weeks and get the Seawolves for their trouble. (UnderArmourOdor)

Albany: I tried to find a way to include the Great Danes on my ballot, but I just couldn't find room. They lost to every ranked team they played and had no truly signature wins, and they couldn't climb to the top of the AE. (DallasLaxDad)

Cornell: Started out with a bang and took a nosedive. (D-Lax) — #24. Better season than expected for Big Red, but not enough at the end. (slides2)

Louisville: #25. Bounce back toward respectability in 2013. (slides2)

Canisius: #18. (Turtles Lax)

Jacksonville: In the tourney ... congratulations! (D-Lax) — Honorable mention - Dolphins not top 20 material yet, but give kudos for strengthening their schedule and making the NCAA tourney. Might be their first big step in emerging from UF's shadow. (johnnyboy) — #21. (Turtles Lax)

Other Teams Pollsters Considered (and comments, if any)

. Ohio State: Too inconsistent. Championship quality appears and then goes into hiding. (D-Lax) — Buckeyes win one late that was enough to derail the Blue Jays and then were death-rolled by the Gators. (UnderArmourOdor)

. Southern California: Honorable mention - Thought the Trojans had a respectable debut season making MPSF tourney. Might this be the next UF in three years? (johnnyboy)

. James Madison: Dukes bow out of CAA tourney to Hofstra. Too many home losses ... I have a groundskeeper on speed dial who might help or is it too soon? (UnderArmourOdor)

. Rutgers:

. High Point: Panthers will have to work very hard to move past the 'Hound in round 1. (socrlaxdad) — #24. (Turtles Lax)

. Monmouth: #22. (Turtles Lax)

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