In the interest of transparency, here's how I voted in the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week. Some brief explanations follow the ballot.
- New this week: Army and Lehigh. Dropped out this week: Albany and Penn State. Also seriously considered: Albany, Penn State, Harvard, St. John's, and Villanova (in no particular order). There are no easy answers at the back of the poll; everything from 16 to 20 is a mess. I pushed Albany out due to the loss to Canisius, but the Great Danes are a top 10-type team when they have their stuff together. I knocked Penn State out mostly because they haven't played like a top 20 team since beating Notre Dame. I left Colgate at the 20th spot despite losing to Loyola because the Raiders played with purpose against what I currently have as the nation's best team; a loss isn't an automatic reason to drop the hammer on a team in a ballot. I moved in Army and Lehigh with noted caution: I'm still not sold but am willing to invest a modicum of faith. I went back and forth on including Lehigh or St. John's, but ultimately gave the Mountain Hawks the nod.
- Bryant: They're in a "hold" position. I have a hard time pushing the Bulldogs forward until their "big" wins -- Drexel and Albany -- start to focus. I fully expect Bryant to end up in tomorrow's top 10, but the team's overall profile still needs some fleshing out to understand where Bryant stands relative to the nation's elite.
- I didn't punish Hopkins, Virginia, or Notre Dame all that much for their losses. Losing to the teams they lost to -- and they way they lost -- didn't seem to merit it (although, the Cavaliers' second half against the Terrapins is concerning). I basically pushed Syracuse ahead of those teams and dropped everyone a spot. Those teams are all pretty equal in my mind at this point.
- Princeton: I don't know either, man. The Tigers are almost in the same boat as Penn State and Albany: Princeton needs to start showing something greater than "almost."
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.