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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings: College Crosse's Weekly Ballot (Week Five)

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I believe in transparency. Here's the ballot I'm submitting this week to the media poll.

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In the interest of transparency, here's how I voted in the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week. Some brief explanations follow the ballot.

COLLEGE CROSSE WEEKLY MEDIA POLL BALLOT: WEEK FIVE
RANK TEAM PREVIOUS CHANGE
1. Maryland 1.
2. Loyola 2.
3. Duke 7. +4
4. Denver 5. +1
5. North Carolina 3. -2
6. Syracuse 11. +5
7. Notre Dame 9. +2
8. Johns Hopkins 6. -2
9. Cornell 14 +5
10. Virginia 8. -2
11. Princeton 15. +4
12. Pennsylvania 10. -2
13. Massachusetts 20. +7
14. Penn State 10. -4
15. Yale 12 -3
16. Hofstra 16.
17. Bryant 19. +2
18. Fairfield 17. -1
19. Colgate 18. -1
20. Albany 13. -7
  • New this week: None. Dropped out this week: None. I also considered Lehigh, Harvard, St. John's, Army, and Drexel (in no particular order). I am expecting that the Mountain Hawks will find a place in the poll tomorrow, but I'm not completely sold on Lehigh. The Hawks took a boot to the face against Yale early last week and has -- as a best win -- only a victory over Villanova. Lehigh is close in my mind, but I'm not totally sold that there are fewer than 20 teams better than the Mountain Hawks right now.
  • Albany: The Great Danes were essentially adjusted relative to their week three ranking rather than where they were in week four after punishing Massachusetts. Albany is impossibly weird: There are times where the Danes look and act like a top 10 team; there are other times when Albany looks really flawed.
  • Maryland and Loyola are locked at the top, but spots three through nine-ish are kind of fluid. That's one big chunk of "I don't know, either."
  • Penn State: I wasn't exactly sure what to do about the Nittany Lions. Penn State has top 10-quality, but the team's losses this past week -- to Denver and against Massachusetts -- were concerning. If the Lions had only suffered a one-loss week the drop would not have been as drastic as it was. I'm willing to swing back on Penn State next week if they get through Dartmouth and Albany.

I'm always willing to hear what you guys think. Have something to add or want to call me a moron in a few sentences? The comments are your launching pad.