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

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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.

COLLEGE CROSSE WEEKLY MEDIA POLL BALLOT: WEEK SEVEN
RANK TEAM PREVIOUS CHANGE
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.