The selection committee for the NCAA Division I tournament announced Wednesday afternoon for the first time a top 10 ranking, and using the criteria that the panel refers to for forming the 18-team field, Notre Dame heads the list with a 9-1 record.
North Carolina (12-2) ranks second, Syracuse (9-2) third, Maryland (12-1) fourth and Denver (10-2) fifth.
Duke (10-4), which has captured national championships in 2010, 2013 and 2104, is sixth. The rest of the top 10 is rounded out by Virginia (9-4) at seventh, Yale (9-3) at eighth, Albany (11-2) at ninth, and Cornell (9-4) at 10th.
"This was a useful exercise for the committee," said Heather Lyke, who chairs the Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee and is vice president and athletic director at Eastern Michigan University. "There is a lot of lacrosse still to be played so things may change, but this enabled us to have very similar conversations to the ones we will be having in two weeks on selection weekend. The parity in men's lacrosse is significant and will make those selections challenging. The national committee would like to especially thank the Regional Advisory Committee members for their input regarding the rankings."
The NCAA tournament will be unveiled on Sunday, May 3, and first-round games will take place on Saturday, May 9. The Final Four will occur at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25.