(Ed. Note: Bolded teams are College Crosse Big Board Certified Dimes (®).
|Rank||Lacrosse Magazine||USILA Poll||Doc_Lunchbox||Inside Lacrosse||Eri_Barrister|
|2||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Syracuse|
|8||Johns Hopkins||Johns Hopkins||Albany||Johns Hopkins||Villanova|
|13||Albany||Stony Brook||Hofstra||Loyola||Stony Brook|
|15||Boston U.||Loyola||Richmond||Stony Brook||North Carolina|
|16||Stony Brook||Boston U.||Duke||Boston U.||Boston U.|
|17||Harvard||North Carolina||Loyola||North Carolina||Harvard|
|20||Penn State||Penn State||Army||Penn State||Rutgers|
- Major Guest List News. Shout out to Richmond! The Spiders appear on all 5 polls helped in large part by their huge win over Duke last Monday. Good job by Richmond to avoid any emotional letdown this past weekend when they took care of Jacksonville, 12-6. Additionally, welcome back Penn State! Dropping Harvard in OT was just what the Nittany Lions needed to get back on the Big Board.
- #2. I don't see much different between teams 2-5, but you have to slot them, so I put Syracuse as my #2 this week. Denver's been my #1 all year long, therefore I didn't see a 1 slot drop for ND to be too much of a punishment. Further, while I believe ND is a Final Four team, their wins so far have come against teams with a combined record of 7-16. Syracuse's wins have come against teams with a combined record of 13-17. Though I don't see much separating teams 2-5, I just found Syracuse's 3 Ws (UVA, Albany, and Army) to be a bit more impressive than ND's big win over Maryland, so that is why they are my number 2 this week.
- Brown. I got nothing against Yale and they did nothing wrong, but I'm really impressed with Brown and felt they deserved the #4 spot this week. Yale has the marquee win, that's undeniable, nevertheless, Brown's offense is playing on another level right now and I think if those two met today, Brown would win. I just think the Bears are playing really well offensively and they are a very dangerous team. So I gave them the edge this week.
- Villanova. It's kind of starting to feel like the Wildcats are on the cusp of a breakthrough year. Villanova had another big win on Saturday as the Cats doubled up Penn, 16-8. Villanova's offense is wrecking havoc on anybody who wants some in 2016.
But for their OT loss to Harvard, Nova hasn't scored less than 14 Gs all season (Cats dropped 12 against the Crimson). Nova presently has the #2 offense in D1 and are scoring nearly 2.5 Gs/game more than #3 & #4 (Syracuse and Denver, respectively). Indeed, fear the Wildcats.
- CAA. Though Towson lost to Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, the CAA still had a very good weekend. Hofstra survived against Ohio State, Delaware took care of Binghamton, and Drexel had a very impressive win over Bryant.
However, the crown jewel of the weekend for the conference was of course UMass' big win over North Carolina. One could make a reasonable argument that the CAA might be the 2nd or 3rd best conference in D1 right now.
- Duke. The Blue Devils dropped Loyola in Ridley 15-6. A very impressive bounce back win for the Blue Devils after losing to Harvard last weekend and to Richmond last Monday. I knew Duke would be focused this weekend, but I never expected them to manhandle the Hounds so easily.