Johns Hopkins drops out of top five in men’s lacrosse RPI, remains in top 10

The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team’s 14-12 loss at Penn State on Saturday took a toll on the team’s profile for the NCAA tournament.

The Blue Jays’ RPI slid from No. 5 in RPI to No. 10 in the latest RPI rankings updated by the NCAA on Tuesday. Johns Hopkins (8-3) is tied with the Nittany Lions (8-4) for second place in the Big Ten.

Reigning NCAA champion Maryland overtook Albany for the top spot in RPI. The Terps (10-1) — who had owned the No. 2 spot — edged Rutgers, 11-10, on Sunday and own sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

Loyola Maryland’s RPI rose from No. 9 to No. 7. The Greyhounds (9-3) thrashed Boston University, 23-9, on Saturday and are tied with Bucknell (10-3) for second in the Patriot League.

Navy moved up one spot to No. 17 in RPI. The Midshipmen (8-4) have a half-game lead over Loyola and Bucknell in the Patriot League.

Albany (10-1), Duke (11-2), Yale (9-2) and Notre Dame (6-4) round out the top five in the RPI rankings. Penn (6-6) sits at No. 6, Syracuse (7-4) at No. 8, and Villanova (8-4) at No. 9.

Towson (4-7) rose two spots to No. 28, UMBC (4-7) moved up five spots to No. 44 and Mount St. Mary’s (4-8) comes in at No. 55. They still need to win their respective conference tournaments (the Tigers in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Retrievers in the America East, and the Mountaineers in the Northeast Conference) to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The RPI is one criterion the NCAA selection committee will use to award at-large spots in the 17-team field of the postseason. To see a complete list of the RPI rankings, click here.

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