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The College Crosse Top 20: Week 3

There’s a new #1.....and chaos everywhere else

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We had been waiting for a week with upsets and real chaos and we got it this past week, with nearly half of our Top 10 from last week taking losses. This has meant the biggest shake-up in the Top 20 yet, with there being no real consensus after the top spot in the poll. Fun!

Ryan, Adam, Safe, myself, and newest member Caroline Darney, who used to vote in the Inside Lacrosse Top 20 and has covered lacrosse for Streaking the Lawn, our Virginia blog here at SB Nation (welcome Caroline!) took part in the voting and this will be the group that constitutes the College Crosse Top 20 for this season. Directly below you can find each of our individual ballots and below that is the official College Crosse Top 20 poll for Week 3. Let us know any thoughts you have or what your Top 20 would be in the comments or on Twitter.

College Crosse Top 20 Ballots

Rank Jake Adam Ryan Safe Caroline Rank
Rank Jake Adam Ryan Safe Caroline Rank
1 Yale Yale Yale Yale Yale 1
2 Notre Dame Notre Dame Penn State Penn State Notre Dame 2
3 Penn State North Carolina Notre Dame North Carolina Penn State 3
4 North Carolina Cornell Virginia Syracuse Virginia 4
5 Syracuse Penn State Maryland Notre Dame North Carolina 5
6 Maryland Syracuse Penn Maryland Syracuse 6
7 Penn Maryland Syracuse Penn Princeton 7
8 Cornell Penn North Carolina Princeton Penn 8
9 Princeton Princeton Cornell Cornell Maryland 9
10 Virginia Virginia Georgetown Virginia Cornell 10
11 Georgetown Loyola Princeton Georgetown Georgetown 11
12 Loyola Georgetown Duke Loyola Loyola 12
13 Duke Duke Loyola Army Army 13
14 Army Villanova Ohio State Duke Ohio State 14
15 Ohio State Ohio State Denver Denver Duke 15
16 Denver Denver Richmond Ohio State Denver 16
17 Hobart Hobart Army Hobart Villanova 17
18 Villanova Johns Hopkins Villanova Johns Hopkins Marist 18
19 Richmond Richmond Johns Hopkins Marist Johns Hopkins 19
20 Marist Marist Hobart Richmond Richmond 20

The College Crosse Top 20

Rank College Crosse Top 20
Rank College Crosse Top 20
1 Yale
2 Notre Dame
3 Penn State
4 North Carolina
5 Syracuse
6 Maryland
7 Penn
8 Virginia
9 Cornell
10 Princeton
11 Georgetown
12 Loyola
13 Duke
14 Ohio State
15 Denver
16 Army
17 Villanova
18 Hobart
19 Richmond
20 Johns Hopkins

There is a unanimous #1 in Yale......and then no consensus at any other ranking for the remainder of the poll. The Top 3 teams from last week’s Top 20 all fell, with Penn State dropping the fewest amount of spots, to #3, Virginia taking the biggest tumble from #2 to #8, and Maryland dropping three spots to #6. That meant Notre Dame jumped three spots to #2. The biggest jump in the Top 10 is North Carolina, who by virtue of being one of the few teams left without a loss went five spots up from #9 to #4. Syracuse rounds out the Top 5.

The biggest jump in the rankings is Princeton, who went from being ranked on zero ballots in Week 2 to all the way up to #10 after their win over Virginia. This is the first time the Tigers have ever been in the College Crosse Top 20 and the first time in years they’ve been in Top 20 in the media or coaches polls.

Elsewhere, the biggest drop of any team in the Top 20 was Army, who fell eight spots all the way from 8th to 16th after their discouraging blowout loss to Marist midweek and then a loss in the Carrier Dome to Syracuse on Sunday. Johns Hopkins again tumbled falling six spots to #20; and Villanova is in the Top 20 at #17 after their big win over Maryland and a win over an undefeated Hofstra.