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: Johns Hopkins, Fairfield, and Richmond. Dropped out this week: Ohio State, Towson, and Navy. Also seriously considered: Ohio State, Towson, Navy, Marist, and St. Joseph's (in no particular order). There is nothing on the back end of this ballot but blood. There are shades of "Well, maybe!" but not much else. Everything past 14 this week was a near impossibility to try and understand.
- 2-6: I ran through numerous permutations of this part of the ballot and ended up where I did. I have no issue with how anybody orders this part of their ballot, mostly because those are all really good teams that are good in different ways.
- Johns Hopkins: I know. Look: The Jays are over .500 and have had a snakebitten season. Johns Hopkins isn't top 10, but they have to be top 20, right?
- Fairfield and Richmond: These were picks made partly due to their positions in their leagues. I don't like doing that, but I also think that the Stags and Spiders are pretty good. Are Ohio State and Towson in the same league as Fairfield and Richmond? Probably. Do Fairfield and Richmond get a little bit of a boost because they each had nice weeks and the Tigers and Buckeyes weren't clean? Probably. It's not like Fairfield or Richmond are encroaching on a part of the ballot that the teams are in the discussion to inhabit.