This past weekend saw several major upsets within the DI top 20 rankings, making this week’s All Pro Presidents Poll a major undertaking.
The madness started Saturday morning in College Park as the top-ranked Maryland Terrapins Lacrosse Club played host to Salisbury and James Madison. In early afternoon action, the Terps needed a late goal from Junior Zach Bloom to defeat the upset-minded Dukes from JMU, 8-7.
However, the excitement for Maryland was short-lived, as Jason French netted the game winner in OT for Salisbury as they topped the Terps, 9-8. Dash Ferguson netted 5 for the undefeated Gulls who were looking to ride out of College Park as the new top DI team in the land.
But not so fast.
Salisbury would then fall to JMU 7-6, as all 3 games on the day were decided by 1 goal.
So with those results in mind, #2 Navy should be the new #1, right?
The Midshipmen played host to the 8th-ranked Owls from Temple. A win would move the Midshipmen to 6-0 on the season and solidify Navy as the new #1 team in the land.
But Zach Scannapieco and the Owls weren’t having it. They upset the Middies 9-8 to make an already cloudy top 10 even cloudier. But does this upset victory move the Owls up from the 8th spot? Most would say yes, but the Owls also played the 6th-ranked Cavaliers from UVA this weekend, and lost 12-11!
The Cavs ended the regular season at 6-1, with their only loss coming to Penn State.
The 3# ranked Ohio University Bobcats remain a perfect 5-0 with no games scheduled this past weekend. Do they now have a claim the top spot? Ohio’s marquee win is a 7-4 victory over unranked Michigan (6-3). The Bobcats will face West Virginia on 4/13 and end the season with East Tennessee State. Ohio looks poised to end the season with an unblemished 7-0 mark.
The Empire conference is finally seeing some green grass to play on and most teams in that conference will face each other in April. Look for Albany (3-0), Cortland (4-0) and RIT (4-0) to make a claim for the top spot in the next few weeks.
Hofstra had been riding an undefeated wave out of the NY Metro conference before falling to Fairfield 10-7 on Sunday. The Pride will face their toughest challenges yet next weekend as they tangle with DII powerhouse West Chester and D1’s Penn State.
And speaking of Penn State, the Nittany Lions will be back in action after a long hiatus to face Loyola and Cornell, who are winless, on 4/14. The 4th-ranked Lions could enter mid-April at 6-2.
The season is really starting to heat up as we push towards the playoffs. So how will this week’s D1 rankings iron out and who will take the top spot? Check back later this week to find out.
Oddly enough, in last weeks podcast, Tom and I discussed how the DI top 10 was basically writing itself all season. Did you check out our latest Podcast Episode 5? Looking at our analytics I’m guessing no. Check it out right here.