Notre Dame overtakes Loyola to top RPI rankings

Loyola’s 10-9 overtime loss to Johns Hopkins Saturday opened the door for Notre Dame to move into the top spot in RPI (ratings percentage index).

In the third version of the list released by the NCAA Monday evening, the Fighting Irish (11-1) jumped from third to first in RPI, which uses a formula of compiling a team’s winning percentage, that squad’s opponents’ winning percentage and the team’s opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. Notre Dame is ranked second in the latest Sun rankings.

No. 1 Massachusetts, the nation’s lone unbeaten at 13-0, moved from fourth to second. No. 3 Loyola (12-1) and No. 5 Duke (13-4) both slipped two spots to third and fourth, respectively, and Johns Hopkins (10-3) jumped three places to fifth.

No. 11 Lehigh (14-2), No. 7 Virginia (11-3), No. 4 North Carolina (10-5), No. 12 Colgate (12-3) and No. 8 Maryland (9-4) round out the top 10.

Locally, Navy (6-6) ranks 23rd (a drop of two spots), Towson (7-7) 28th (a drop of two), UMBC (5-7) 34th (a drop of five) and Mount St. Mary’s (5-7) 45th (a rise of one).

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