Maryland's national championship victory over Syracuse on Sunday night sealed the No. 1 ranking for the Terps in the final Inside Lacrosse Brine Division I Women's Media Top 20, while Loyola Maryland and Johns Hopkins also finished in the Top 10.
The Terps, who defeated the No. 2 Orange, 15-12, for their 12th national championship, held the No. 1 ranking for the last four weeks of the regular season. Maryland finished 23-1 with its sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship and its first national title since 2010.
Loyola, which lost to No. 6 Boston College, 8-3, in the NCAA second round, finished 15-6 with the No. 9 ranking, while Johns Hopkins, which fell, 9-8, to No. 20 Georgetown in the first round, was No. 10.
The ACC had six of the Top 10 spots, with Maryland, Syracuse, No. 5 North Carolina, Boston College, No. 7 Virginia and No. 8 Duke.
Virginia was the biggest mover in the final poll, jumping up from No. 15 after upsetting defending champion North Carolina, 10-9, in the quarterfinals.
In its final season, the American Lacrosse Conference had three teams in the Top 10: No. 3 Northwestern, No. 4 Florida and Johns Hopkins. Only Loyola, the Patriot League champion, broke up the ACC-ALC chokehold on the Top 10.
With several of its teams, including Northwestern, moving to the Big Ten next year with Maryland, and Johns Hopkins going to an independent schedule, the ALC will dissolve.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun