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Duke men’s lacrosse tops first Maverik media poll of 2018; Maryland second

Justin Guterding (14) and his Duke men's lacrosse teammates will enter the 2018 season ranked first in the Maverik media poll.
Justin Guterding (14) and his Duke men's lacrosse teammates will enter the 2018 season ranked first in the Maverik media poll. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The first Maverik men’s lacrosse media poll of 2018 was released Tuesday morning, and Duke was voted as the preseason No. 1 by a panel of 32 media personalities. The Blue Devils accrued 12 first-place votes and 552 points.

Maryland, the reigning NCAA Division I champion, earned 10 first-place votes and 539 points to rank second. Albany accumulated six first-place nods and 518 points to rank third.

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Rounding out the top five are Denver at No. 4 with one first-place vote and 508 points and Yale at No. 5 with 471 points.

Among area teams, Loyola Maryland is No. 10, Johns Hopkins No. 13, and Towson No. 14.

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Here is how the top 20 shapes up:

Ranking;team;Last year’s final ranking;last year’s record;Next game

1.;Duke;7;13-5;Vs. Air Force, Saturday

2.;Maryland;1;16-3;Vs. Navy, Feb. 17

3.;Albany;5;15-3;At No. 11 Syracuse, Feb. 17

4.;Denver;3;13-4;At Air Force, Feb. 10

5.;Yale;11;10-6;Vs. Villanova, Feb. 17

6.;Notre Dame;8;9-6;Vs. Detroit, Feb. 11

7.;Ohio State;2;16-5;At Cleveland State, Saturday

8.;Rutgers;15;10-4;Vs. Robert Morris, Saturday

9.;North Carolina;9;8-8;Vs. Lafayette, Saturday

10.;Loyola Maryland;12;10-6;At No. 15 Virginia, Feb. 10

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11.;Syracuse;6;13-3;Vs. Binghamton, Feb. 10

12.;Penn State;10;12-4;Vs. Villanova, Saturday

13.;Johns Hopkins;13;8-7;Vs. No. 14 Towson, Feb. 10

14.;Towson;4;12-5;At No. 13 Johns Hopkins, Feb. 10

15.;Virginia;UR;8-7;Vs. No. 10 Loyola Maryland, Feb. 10

16.;Army;14;12-4;Vs. Massachusetts, Feb. 10

17.;Marquette;16;8-8;Vs. Jacksonville, Feb. 17

18.;Brown;UR;10-6;At Quinnipiac, Feb. 17

19.;Princeton;UR;9-6;Vs. Monmouth, Feb. 17

20.;Boston University;UR;12-5;Vs. Providence, Saturday

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