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NCAA Lacrosse Rankings: College Crosse's Weekly Media Poll Ballot

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

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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'S MEDIA POLL BALLOT: FEBRUARY 23, 2015
RANK TEAM PREVIOUS CHANGE RANK TEAM PREVIOUS CHANGE
1. Denver 1. 11. Johns Hopkins 10. -1
2. Syracuse 2.
12. Albany 12.
3. North Carolina 3. 13. Harvard 11. -2
4. Notre Dame 4.
14. Army 14.
5. Virginia 5.
15. Princeton 15.
6. Duke 7. +1 16. Marquette 16.
7. Cornell 8. +1 17. Pennsylvania 20. +3
8. Yale 13. +5 18. Towson 17. -1
9. Maryland 6. -3 19. Lehigh 19.
10. Loyola 9. -1 20. Holy Cross NR +1
  • New this week: Holy Cross. Dropped out this week: Ohio State. Also seriously considered: Ohio State, Colgate, Villanova, Drexel, and Penn State (in no particular order). The back of the poll remains fluid and that's to be expected. This is a blur of "Maybe?" and will remain that way for the foreseeable future. All of the teams from 18th back through the "also considered" group have decent cases for inclusion, and the aggregated poll should smooth out the edges inherent in my individual ballot.
  • Yale-Maryland created some problems in the ballot. Again: We don't know a ton about these teams and are making some decisions based on only a handful of results. This thing is admittedly messy from seven through 13-ish. That's a big bloc of mush.
  • Teams that I didn't nick too badly but expect others to more severely punish: Loyola and Johns Hopkins. Look: The 'Hounds played in a nightmare of weather, and even though Holy Cross played in the same insanity, that has to influence thoughts about Loyola. As for the Jays: Hopkins' ceiling looks more like the team that pressed North Carolina than the one that freaked out against Towson. Patience here is probably required.
  • Harvard was the victim of elbowing Yale into the top 10 and flipping the Crimson with Albany. Harvard is still tiered where I think they should be (at least right now).
  • I didn't punish Army for going up to the Dome and losing, especially considering how the Black Knights went after the Orange. I actually thought about increasing the Cadets' position but decided against it.