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

The first 15 were pretty easy to determine. After that it's a total car wreck.

Winslow Townson

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

1. Loyola 1.
2. Duke 2.
3. North Carolina 3.
4. Maryland 4.
5. Denver 5.
6. Cornell 6.
7. Syracuse 11. +4
8. Notre Dame 7. -1
9. Virginia 8. -1
10. Johns Hopkins 9. -1
11. Fairfield 13. +2
12. Pennsylvania 16. +4
13. Yale 10. -3
14. Bryant 14.
15. Massachusetts 15.
16. Hofstra 18. +2
17. Princeton 12. -5
18. Army N/R N/A
19. Lehigh N/R N/A
20. Colgate 20.
  • 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.