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Hopkins keeps rising in Inside Lacrosse women's media poll after crazy week of upsets

A crazy week of upsets in Division I women's lacrosse has scrambled the Inside Lacrosse Brine Division I Women's Media Top 20 with Johns Hopkins making a big leap into the Top 10.

The Blue Jays rise to the No. 9 spot from No. 14 after a 7-0 start. Last week, they defeated then-No. 15 Towson, 12-8 while they beat then-No. 7 Loyola, 6-5, the previous week. They need just one more win to tie the best start in their Division I history.

Johns Hopkins has been one of few teams to hold course as March became a month of upsets. No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Maryland and No. 3 Syracuse remain unbeaten and maintain their rankings, but only two other teams, No. 8 Massachusetts and No. 20 James Madison, held their spots.

This month, there have been nine upsets of Top 20 teams in the Inside Lacrosse -- six by unranked teams. Seven of them have come in the last week, including three on Sunday.

Stanford has been responsible for two of those upsets, making the most of an East Coast swing to edge last week's No. 18 Towson, 8-7 in overtime, and No. 13 Georgetown, 11-10 in double overtime. As a result, the Cardinal debuted in this week's poll at No. 16.

Northwestern dropped back-to-back games for the first time in three years, falling to Notre Dame, 9-8 and Ohio State, 11-10 in overtime. The Wildcats, who lost consecutive games to Florida and Johns Hopkins in 2011 and then won nine straight including the national championship, dropped from No. 4 to No. 7.

Navy remains undefeated at 7-0 and rode the tide of upsets to No. 11 from No. 13.

Loyola and Towson continue to drop after losing a pair of games each last week. The Greyhounds fell from No. 12 to No. 17 with losses to No. 4 Florida, 14-13, and No. 12 Penn State, 18-11. The Tigers fell to Johns Hopkins and to Stanford.

Following is the Top 20. For complete details see the Inside Lacrosse web site.

1. North Carolina (7-0)

2. Maryland (7-0)

3. Syracuse (6-0)

4. Florida (7-1)

5. Boston College (6-1)

6. Notre Dame (5-2)

7. Northwestern (3-2)

8. Massachusetts (6-0)

9. Johns Hopkins (7-0)

10. Duke (4-3)

11. Navy (7-0)

12. Penn State (3-3)

13. Georgetown (3-2)

14. Virginia (2-4)

15. Penn (3-1)

16. Stanford (5-1)

17. Loyola (2-4)

18. Towson (2-3)

19. Stony Brook (4-2)

20. James Madison (4-2)

Also receiving votes: Albany, Ohio State, Brown, Yale, Louisville, Princeton.

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