Notre Dame, Ohio State make biggest leaps in men’s lacrosse media poll

Notre Dame, Ohio State make biggest leaps in men’s lacrosse media poll
Mount St. Joseph graduate Bryan Costabile (pictured against Maryland in March) and his Notre Dame men's lacrosse teammates made the biggest leap in the newest Maverik media poll. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The fastest risers in Monday morning's Maverik media poll are a team that captured the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a team that has won three consecutive games to earn a spot in the Big Ten tournament.

Notre Dame leaped from No. 18 to No. 8 after beating then-No. 2 Duke, 14-11, on Friday and routing then-No. 13 Virginia, 17-7, on Sunday for the ACC title. The run might have earned the Fighting Irish (8-5) a chance to play host to a first-round game in the NCAA tournament on May 12 or 13.


Ohio State jumped from No. 19 to No. 13 after defeating then-No. 9 Rutgers, 10-7, on Saturday. After dropping five straight games, the Buckeyes (8-6) enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 3 seed and the hottest team in the conference.

Duke's loss dropped the Blue Devils (12-3) to No. 5. Yale (12-2) remains at No. 1 and is followed by Maryland (11-2) at No. 2, Denver (11-2) at No. 3 and Albany (12-2) at No. 4.

Loyola Maryland (12-3) leapfrogged No. 7 Johns Hopkins (9-4) from No. 8 to No. 6 after defeating Boston University and Lehigh to capture its fourth Patriot League championship in five years. Cornell (10-4) slipped from No. 6 to No. 9 after a 14-8 loss at Princeton on Saturday, and Virginia (11-5) moved up to No. 10.

Navy (9-5) slid from No. 11 to No. 17 after losing to Lehigh, 10-9, in overtime on Friday night. Saint Joseph's (10-3) is the lone newcomer at No. 20, replacing Robert Morris (10-4) after edging the Colonials, 8-7, on Saturday.

The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams (April 30)

No. 2 Maryland (11-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 11 Rutgers, Thursday, 5 p.m.

Comment: The Terps' 11-10 win on April 15 extended their winning streak against the Scarlet Knights to 10. Redshirt freshman attackman Logan Wisnauskas (Boys' Latin) has scored 29 goals, which puts him in a tie with Rob Wurzburger (1988) and Grant Catalino (2008) for the fourth-highest total in program history by a freshman.

No. 7 Johns Hopkins (9-4)

Coming up: Vs. No. 13 Ohio State, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays raised their record against the Buckeyes to 8-3 after sealing a 13-10 victory on April 7. Senior faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland (Boys' Latin) has picked up 84 ground balls, which is the most in a single season since Drew Kennedy had 132 in 2014.

Towson (6-7)

Coming up: Vs. Delaware, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.


Comment: The Tigers' run of five wins in the past six meetings with the Blue Hens includes a 13-7 victory April 21. Redshirt freshman Shane Brennan is the first goalkeeper in program history to make 110 saves in his first season since John Horrigan made 110 in 1998.