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Lacrosse the Internet: April 28, 2015

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What if the RPI ranked dogs and the input was belly rubs instead of winning percentage?

STORIES

Quint's Top 20: Championship Week — Every Game Matters
Congrats to Colgate for winning the Patriot League automatic qualifier and to Syracuse for capturing the ACC crown. Hopkins carried the wooden crab back to Baltimore. Harvard and Rutgers showed incredible heart, winning games that they weren’t supposed to win. Eight AQs are on the line this week. Cue up the Bee Gee’s "Stayin Alive" because it’s championship week — where every game matters.

Reaction, Photos, Highlights: No. 4 Syracuse 15, No. 6 Duke 14, ACC Championship
Maybe somewhere Syracuse coach John Desko has concocted a magic elixir that he doesn’t want anyone to know about. You can almost imagine, can’t you? Desko in a darkened film room, with the flicker of the screen bouncing off his face, as his eyes light up marveling over the wealth of riches he’s been afforded this season — one potent offense.

Reaction: No. 18 Colgate 11, Army West Point 8, Patriot League Championship
Leaning on a disciplined defensive performance and an efficient offense, Cascade/Maverik Media Poll No. 18 Colgate (10-4) became the first team of the 2015 season to officially secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, beating Army West Point (10-6) in an 11-8 win in the Patriot League Tournament title game Sunday.

Sunday Post: Brown, Hopkins Add Historic Chapter in Rivalry; POTW Voting
It was the final minute of his team’s 15-12 victory over Maryland on Saturday night when Johns Hopkins junior attackman Ryan Brown, in trying to prevent a clear, ventured across midfield to play defense.

Reaction, Photos: Johns Hopkins 15, No. 2 Maryland 12
Ryan Brown scored eight goals and Johns Hopkins received a much needed quality win, as the Blue Jays defeated No.2 Maryland 15-12 before an announced 9,343 at Byrd Stadium on Saturday night. Maryland fell to 12-2, its 11-game win streak snapped. Hopkins improved to 7-6, and with the win earned the No.1 seed in the Big Ten tournament.

Nike/LM Division I Men's Top 20
With Syracuse winning the ACC tournament over the weekend, Duke taking down previous No. 1 Notre Dame in the tournament semifinals and Maryland falling to rival Johns Hopkins on Saturday night, there is significant movement at the top of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Top 20.

McAnaney: Weekend Shakes Up NCAA Tournament Race
We're getting closer and closer to setting the field, and while Colgate and Syracuse are now safely in the clubhouse for the NCAA tournament, there were other results over the weekend that reshuffled the deck for the selection committee. Johns Hopkins dramatically improved its resume with a win over Maryland, but Yale and Ohio State both suffered upset losses. The Bulldogs and Buckeyes have spent time in the top 10 this season, but could now be playing must-win games in their conference tournament openers.

Behind Rice's Monster Game, Syracuse Claims First ACC Title
Kevin Rice is going to be sorry to say goodbye to PPL Park, the site of some of his biggest scoring games and now the site of a historic win.

ICYMI: Who Claims No. 1 After Wild Men's Weekend?
With the dust settling on the final weekend of the regular season*, how are we supposed to sort things out, once again, as Selection Sunday looms?

Walsh Leads Colgate to Patriot League Title with Win Over Army
After missing the NCAA Tournament each of the past two seasons, Colgate earned an Automatic Qualifier to the 2015 NCAA Tournament after beating Army in the Patriot League Tournament, 11-8.

Comparing Late Season Lacrosse Polls
Comparing late season lacrosse polls is a lot of fun! ALL of the teams have tons of data and results to pour through, and everyone thinks they know how teams truly stand. Do they? Do I? Let’s compare some lacrosse polls, and see where people agree… more importantly, we will see where people DON’T agree!

Ivy League Power Rankings: Then There Were Four
As I graph my power rankings through the season, I see that since week 2 when Brown leapt ahead of Harvard and Penn, the top four teams (Yale, Brown, Princeton, Cornell) have stayed in the top four, and the bottom three (Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth) have shuffled among themselves. Going into the tournament, Brown is trending up while Yale is dropping.

College lacrosse: ACC champion Syracuse likely to land top-two NCAA tourney seed
There are cases for both Syracuse and Notre Dame to land the No. 1 overall seed.

Men's Lacrosse Tops Yale To Wrap Up Season
In the Harvard men’s lacrosse team’s final game of the season against rival Yale on Saturday, the Crimson stormed out to a second-quarter lead and withstood a late comeback attempt from the Bulldogs (9-4, 3-3 Ivy) to finish off its season on a high note and without a losing record.

Men’s lacrosse concludes season with dominating win against Penn
After a solid first two months of the season back in 2011, the Virginia men’s lacrosse team used a dominating victory against Pennsylvania to conclude the regular season and kick-start a national championship run. While the NCAA victor will take another month to be decided, Saturday night provided an eerily similar ending to the Cavaliers’ 2015 slate.

Cornell Storms Back, Wins Ivy League Title
In front of a crowd 7,500 strong and underneath bright blue skies, No. 14 Princeton seemed poised to ruin a perfect day at Schoellkopf. The Tigers dominated No. 12 Cornell in the first period, setting the table for what could have been the Red’s second blow-out loss in a week.

Meet the Scarlet Knights' most well-rounded student-athlete
When Brian Brecht says he wishes he had 40 players like Campbell Sode on his Rutgers men's lacrosse team, the Scarlet Knights coach isn't just talking about Sode's work ethic on the field.

BEATS

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