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Maryland, Johns Hopkins in top five in men’s lacrosse RPI; Loyola Maryland in top 10

The NCAA released the first barometer of the Division I men's lacrosse field's strength Tuesday, and Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Loyola Maryland are among the top 10 in rating percentage index (RPI).

The reigning NCAA champion Terps (9-1) have the No. 2 RPI, trailing only Albany. That bodes well for Maryland's chances of getting an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament if it does not win the Big Ten tournament and the conference's automatic qualifier.

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The same would apply to the Blue Jays (8-2), who boast the No. 5 RPI and are tied with the Terps for first place in the Big Ten, and the Greyhounds (8-3), who have the No. 9 RPI and are one victory behind Navy in the Patriot League.

Usually in the background, the defense for the No. 10 Loyola Maryland men’s lacrosse team had a significant role in Tuesday afternoon’s 11-8 win at Georgetown.

The Midshipmen (7-4) own the No. 18 RPI ranking, which means they likely will need to win the Patriot League tournament to assure themselves of a spot in the NCAA postseason.

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Towson (4-6) is at No. 30, UMBC (3-7) at No. 49, and Mount St. Mary's (3-8) at No. 59. Each of those programs must win their respective conference tournaments (the Tigers in the Colonial Athletic Association, the Retrievers in the America East Conference, and the Mountaineers in the Northeast Conference) to participate in the tournament.

The RPI is one set of criteria that 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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