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The College Crosse Week 7 Aggregation For March 27, 2017.

These polls ain’t loyal!!!

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What's going on Nation?! We're back with our Week 7 Aggregation. As usual, we compile all the major polls (Links for Week 7 polls: Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Magazine, and USILA Coaches Poll), plus Jason and my media poll top 20, into one table. You can find the College Crosse Top 20 for Week 7 here. Let’s go to this week's Aggregation Big Board.

College Crosse Aggregation For March 27, 2017.

Rank Inside Lacrosse Jason DLB Myers Lacrosse Magazine USILA Coaches Poll Safe Fekadu
Rank Inside Lacrosse Jason DLB Myers Lacrosse Magazine USILA Coaches Poll Safe Fekadu
1 Notre Dame Penn State Penn State Notre Dame Notre Dame
2 Penn State Hofstra Notre Dame Penn State Syracuse
3 Hofstra Army Hofstra Syracuse Penn State
4 Syracuse Syracuse Army Denver Denver
5 Ohio State Notre Dame Syracuse Ohio State Albany
6 Denver Denver Maryland Hofstra Hofstra
7 Army Rutgers Ohio State Rutgers Maryland
8 Albany Albany Denver Albany Ohio State
9 Maryland Maryland Rutgers Maryland Army
10 Rutgers Duke Albany Army Rutgers
11 Richmond Ohio State Duke Duke Richmond
12 Duke Boston Richmond Richmond Johns Hopkins
13 Johns Hopkins Richmond Yale Johns Hopkins BU
14 UVA Johns Hopkins Princeton Towson Duke
15 Towson Virginia Towson Princeton Michigan
16 BU Princeton Johns Hopkins UNC (Tied For 16th) Princeton
17 Princeton North Carolina UVA UVA (Tied For 16th) Towson
18 North Carolina Michigan Michigan BU North Carolina
19 Michigan Loyola Marquette Yale Delaware
20 Yale Binghamton Delaware Villanova Binghamton

Comments

Notre Dame vs. Penn State. We have a split at number 1 between the Irish and the Nittany Lions. Putting Notre Dame at #1 this week was easy for me since I had them at number 1 last week, and their 12-7 win over Ohio State gave me no reason to drop them. Lord knows I love the Big Ten, and even had Penn State #1 two polls ago, however I believe Notre Dame has done enough against quality teams to earn the top spot this week.

Rutgers Drops. Heavy lies the crown. While losing to unranked Delaware isn’t the best look, people shouldn’t totally dive off the Rutgers bandwagon yet. Delaware is low-key a very solid team this year. The Blue Hens average a little over 12 goals/game, allow less than 10, and have 7 wins on the season including a nice W over Villanova to go alongside their win over Rutgers. Delaware can play and were ready for Rutgers last Saturday.

If you’re a Rutgers fan, don’t lose faith. In hindsight this had trap game written all over it. Chris and I discussed the possibility of an upset on the Crossecast last week; Delaware was a solid/under the radar team, and Rutgers was coming off the high of being ranked #1 last week. If there was a game that was going to sneak up on the Scarlet Knights, last weekend's game vs the Blue Hens was going to be it. Additionally, we shouldn’t forget that Matt Deluca had the game of his life in goal with 19 saves. It’s difficult to beat any team when a goalie is on point as Deluca was last Saturday.

Now, as we always say, there are no moral victories in lacrosse. Rutgers caught an L. It is what it is. However, all the good things they have accomplished this year shouldn’t be thrown out of the window because of a surprising loss to a pretty good team, on a day when the goalie was scorching hot. Rutgers is still one of the top 7-10 teams in the country.

Richmond. The Spiders are 8-1 with only a 1 goal loss to Duke as their only blemish on the season. Richmond’s defense is really hot. The Spiders defense has not allowed 10 goals all season and has given up 6 goals or less in 6 of their 9 games this season. Additionally, Richmond’s done very well in their non-conference schedule. The Spiders are 5-1 in non-conference games with big wins over Marquette and North Carolina. Richmond plays UVA at home this weekend. If Richmond can beat the Cavs, and win out the rest of their regular season, they’ll have a very strong resume which might be good enough to merit an at-large bid if they they don’t win the SoCon Conference Tournament.