A couple of lopsided Patriot League wins boosted Loyola two spots in this week's Inside Lacrosse Brine Division I Women's Media Top 20 poll as Atlantic Coast Conference teams continue to dominate the Top 10.
The Greyhounds defeated Bucknell, 16-5, and Lehigh, 12-4, to improve to 3-0 in the Patriot League. After dropping four straight games, including three by one goal, the Greyhounds have won four straight to improve to 6-4.
Loyola started the season at No. 10 and jumped to No. 7 with a win over then-No. 8 Virginia in the season-opener. But after beating Princeton, the Greyhounds fell to then-unranked Johns Hopkins, 6-5, and James Madison, 8-7, and tumbled to No. 17. A 7-6 win over Towson started the turnaround followed by three straight wins in their debut in the Patriot League.
Maryland remains No. 2 behind defending national champ North Carolina as the ACC keeps its chokehold on the top four spots with Syracuse at No. 3 and Boston College at No. 4. Notre Dame is No. 6 and Duke moves up one spot to No. 9 as the ACC claims six of the top nine spots.
The Tar Heels got a scare from Boston College Saturday before winning, 14-13, and the Terps host Boston College Saturday at noon. The Tar Heels play at Northwestern Sunday. The Terps and Tar Heels are headed for a rematch of their triple-overtime national championship thriller on April 5 at noon in Chapel Hill.