In this world, polls rank the 20 best teams in Division I lacrosse, leaving 51 teams without a spot.
What if we gave respect to those other 51 teams as well and ranked them?
In comes the first ever Division I Power Rankings, which will rank every team across the nation, now that every team has played at least one game. This can, and probably will, be different from my top 20 rankings you saw on Monday, as these rankings will be judged a little more differently. For example, although Albany lost to Syracuse this weekend and fell a few spots in the polls, it’s possible they go up a spot or two in these power rankings.
So on we go with the first ever Power Rankings.
- Denver - The Connor Cannizzaro and Ethan Walker connection is going to be a fun thing to watch this year.
- Maryland - Name a better attack than Matt Rambo, Colin Heacock, and Dylan Maltz...I’ll wait.
- North Carolina - My god, their matchup with Hopkins this weekend is gonna be fun.
- Johns Hopkins - Shack Stanwick already has 14 points in three games after 58 a year ago and should crack at least 60; plus #TeweyForTewaaraton.
- Notre Dame - The Fighting Irish are going to be fine without Matt Kavanagh, and his name is Ryder Garnsey.
- Syracuse - Another comeback victory in the Dome over Albany means the Dome magic is still alive for the Orange.
- Yale - The injury to Ben Reeves is a concern, but Jackson Morrill is gonna be a freshman BALLER.
- Virginia - Mike D’Amario had SEVEN goals for the Wahoos in their win over Drexel, which is a lot.
- Brown - If you thought the Bears would be okay this year, peep their box score, because Brown is still Brown.
- Penn State - Mac O’Keefe and Grant Ament blow my mind.
- Loyola - Two one-goal losses to top 10 teams is tough, but the Greyhounds can bounce back, if Pat Spencer starts to become his freshman year self again.
- Albany - They lost their game to the Orange on Saturday, but they are such an underrated team, and the nation should keep watching them.
- Towson - Jon Mazza had a day, and Josh Miller had a solid first outing in goal for the Tigers.
- Rutgers - Even without Adam Charalambides and Christian Trasolini, Rutgers is undefeated and still scoring goals.
- Richmond - With Air Force starting to not be good, Richmond is starting to become the favorite to win the SoCon, and they look good as well.
- Marquette - Sixteen different scorers and one goal against in their win over the Dolphins is very good.
- Navy - The Midshipmen got their first win after falling to two in-state rivals, but the always tough Patriot League schedule begins on Saturday against BU.
- Duke - They lost to Air Force and Denver, and after St. Joe’s, their schedule doesn’t get that much easier.
- Penn - The sophomore and junior-driven Quakers will be a candidate to earn an at-large bid in May.
- Boston University - The Terriers are 3-0 and Joe Stucky beat Dylan Protesto in the face-off battle on Saturday, which blows my mind!
- Marist - The Foxes upset Air Force on Saturday, thanks to big performances by J.D. Recor and goaltender Brian Corrigan.
- Ohio State - The Buckeyes are 3-0, but might have a goalie controversy after Tom Carey was pulled after the first quarter in favor of Matthew Smidt.
- Air Force - The Falcons has simmered down after upsetting Duke, including getting upset themselves by Marist.
- Providence - Brendan Kearns is an animal for the Friars, who could’ve been ranked higher if they defeated BU in the first game of the season.
- Harvard - Morgan Cheek had four goals and three assists in the Crimson’s easy win over UMass Lowell.
- Vermont - Still no signs of Ian MacKay, but the Catamounts have rolled to a 3-0 start.
- Bucknell - Another one-goal game for the Bison, but this time, they were on the losing end to Fairfield.
- Stony Brook - The Seawolves are off to a 2-0 start after a couple of slow starts in their wins over Sacred Heart and St. John’s.
- Fairfield - Great to see Colin Burke show up with four goals and two assists in their win over Bucknell after his dud against Richmond last weekend.
- Hofstra - The Pride shut down any questions about being the second victim of Monmouth with an 11-9 win over the Hawks.
- Army West Point - Cole Johnson is the top scorer for the Black Knights, but needs Nate Jones and others to step up.
- Michigan - They’re off to a historic 4-0 start, but they defeated Cleveland State, Lafayette, Detroit Mercy, and Bellarmine, who aren’t that good.
- Princeton - Michael Sowers continued to pick up where he left off after the U19 Tournament with two goals and five assists in his debut with the Tigers.
- Monmouth - A second big win wasn’t happening Saturday against Hofstra, but the Hawks continue to make strides in year four.
- Villanova - Nova may have the scoring, but their goaltending situation is very muddy.
- St. Joe’s - They’re also 0-2 with losses against current top 20 teams, and they play another top 20 team in Duke this weekend.
- Quinnipiac - Shake off that 25-9 loss to Brown from Sunday and move forward with Bellarmine on Saturday.
- Lehigh - A decent game against the defending national champions in Chapel Hill on Saturday leads the Mountain Hawks to their Patriot League opener against Holy Cross.
- High Point - A rough, but expected, loss to Maryland on Saturday, but the Panthers hope St. John’s can get them back on track before playing Virginia.
- Robert Morris - In their three games this year, the Colonials have scored 10 or more goals, which is pretty good for the NEC team.
- Drexel - The Dragons played Virginia close, but ended with loss, and host Albany in their home opener this weekend.
- Bryant - Back-to-back one-goal losses to Bucknell and Providence should make the Bulldogs wish they still had Gunnar Waldt in goal.
- Delaware - Charlie Kitchen and Andrew Romagnoli were contained in their loss to Navy.
- Cornell - The Big Red got an assist from freshman Jeff Teat in his first career game, while Christian Knight returned to the cage to make 14 saves, but gave up 19 goals.
- Hobart - The Statesmen eeked out a one-goal victory over Siena, with Cornell coming to play them this weekend.
- Hartford - Dylan Jinks didn’t score and Dylan Protesto went 9-of-20 from the face-off X, which isn’t good.
- UMass - After getting beaten by Army by seven, they lost to Ohio State by a goal, which is a small improvement to say the least.
- Georgetown - It feels like a long time ago when many of us thought Georgetown would have a breakout season in 2016...so much for that.
- Sacred Heart - This Pioneer team could be alright, as they lost to Stony Brook by a goal before beating Furman by a goal this past weekend.
- Binghamton - A nice way to begin Kevin McKeown’s run as head coach of the Bearcats, but they host Marist on Saturday.
- Canisius - The Golden Griffins defeated Dartmouth behind Connor Kearnan’s nine point effort.
- Furman - They’re still looking for their first win of the season after four games, but the Paladins have played everyone outside of Ohio State to margins of at most four goals.
- Mercer - Had they not choked a lead against Vermont, the Bears would be another 2-0 team in the nation.
- St. John’s - The Red Storm scored the first four goals in their most recent game against Stony Brook. Then, they gave up the next 14 and lost.
- Colgate - It seems like a long time ago when the Raiders won the Patriot League championship with Matt Clarkson and Ryan Walsh.
- Jacksonville - I guess they scored all their goals for their 17-1 loss against Marquette in their first game against Lehigh, where they lost by only one.
- UMBC - Their offense is statistically not that good in Ryan Moran’s first year, but...trust the process.
- Detroit Mercy - Jacksonville could be the team’s first win of the season, which would eliminate the Titans from Reverse Survivor.
- Bellarmine - Tucker Ciessau is helping this team barely be above 60 at this point early in the season.
- Siena - What’s worse: Losing by 13 (although it should have been more if Syracuse didn’t play their backups) or losing by one to Hobart?
- Manhattan - They played in the longest game so far this year and won, and that’s been their only win so far.
- Wagner - The Seahawks could be 2-0 if they didn’t play Manhattan to a three overtime duel.
- UMass Lowell - It’s year three of the Ed Stephenson-run program in Division I, and I think they’ve made some strides, although they’re 0-2 to start this year.
- Cleveland State - They got two wins over the weekend against Division III teams, but the road to their first win over a D1 program is still very tough.
- Holy Cross - They might not win a nonconference game this year, since Jacksonville (their lone nonconference win last year) is off their schedule.
- Mount St. Mary’s - They’ve scored five goals in both of their losses, and have a hot Richmond team next.
- Lafayette - Losses to Michigan and Wagner don’t help the Leopards one bit.
- NJIT - The Highlanders are still young and lost some key contributors from last year, which means they’ll still have a ton of growing pains this year.
- Dartmouth - They lost a lacrosse game over the weekend, which is the opposite of what they need to start doing, which is win games.
- VMI - They got walloped by Army, 20-5, and the Keydets still don’t look like they’ve improved.
- Hampton - The second-year program still has plenty of work to do in order to play a full Division I schedule.
If you decided to skip the small explanations for each team above, here’s a table for ya.
2017 College Crosse Week 3 Power Rankings
|31||Army West Point||2-1|
|66||Mount St. Mary's||0-2|
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