The Maryland women rose to No. 1 in this week's Inside Lacrosse deBeer Media poll after their impressive 15-6 win over Duke on Sunday combined with previous No. 1 Northwestern stumbling 11-8 at North Carolina on Friday.
This is the first No. 1 ranking for the Terps since May 2011, when they were the top seed going into the NCAA tournament. They fell to Northwestern, 8-7, in that title game after winning the program’s 10th national championship in 2010.
The Terps, who moved up from No. 2, are off to a 3-0 start with wins over two Top 5 teams – Duke, which was No. 4 last week, and Syracuse, which was No. 2 when Maryland beat them, 19-11, on Feb. 17.
In a big shuffle at the top, undefeated Florida moved up to No. 2. North Carolina took the No. 3 spot with its upset of defending national champion Northwestern, while the Wildcats fell to No. 4.
In addition to Maryland, Loyola, Johns Hopkins and Navy all moved up one spot. Towson retained its position.
Here’s a look at the entire poll release Monday morning:
3. North Carolina/3-1/5
7. Notre Dame/1-0/8
11. Penn State/1-1/9
14. Johns Hopkins/3-0/15
15. Boston College/2-1/18
18. Ohio State/2-1/NR
20. Stony Brook/1-1/19
Also receiving votes: Princeton, Drexel, Harvard, Louisville, Hofstra, Stanford, Cornell, Delaware