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: Towson and Fairfield. Dropped out this week: Johns Hopkins and Navy. Also seriously considered: You? The teams that are in the conversation for the back portion of the top 20 are just as likely to knock off a top 15 team as they are to show up at the field with a bus engulfed in flames.
- Johns Hopkins: This the first time this season that the Jays haven't appeared on my ballot. All season long I've looked at Hopkins -- like any other team -- and made an assessment on the Blue Jays based on the idea that in 100-game series there weren't too many teams that would beat Johns Hopkins more than 50 times. At 4-6 with two halfway decent but not exceptional victories (against Villanova and Navy), I finally couldn't keep fighting the tide. I went back and forth on whether to slot the Stags or Jays into that final spot on the ballot and decided to get Fairfield the nod. It's just . . . I'm struggling to continue to give Hopkins the benefit of the doubt based on tough losses against solid teams. Something needs to start flashing for the Blue Jays.
- Stony Brook: I gave the Seawolves a push and a pretty sizeable one at that. We'll see if that holds up, but two America East teams in the top 15 is both scary and interesting.
The Eagles were the beneficiary of both Brown and Princeton losing. This may be high for Marquette, but the team's coming schedule should fix any issues associated with a too high ranking at the moment. [Ed. Note: I messed up. For whatever reason I didn't put Marquette's midweek loss to Bellarmine into my update workbook. There's no other excuse: I messed up. It happens.]