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Maryland lacrosse drops out of No. 1 spot as Yale takes over in new media poll

Senior attackman Ben Reeves and his teammates for the Yale men's lacrosse team have shed their hunter status for hunted. The Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in the Maverik media poll.
Senior attackman Ben Reeves and his teammates for the Yale men's lacrosse team have shed their hunter status for hunted. The Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in the Maverik media poll.(Yale Athletics)

Yale is the fourth men's lacrosse team to occupy the top spot in the newest Maverik media poll released Monday morning.

The Bulldogs (11-2) defeated then-No. 2 Albany, 14-6, on Sunday, which the voters rewarded by vaulting them from No. 5 to No. 1. Yale joins Duke, Albany and Maryland as teams to have sat atop the media poll this season.

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Before the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s 12-10 upset of No. 1 Maryland on Sunday, the Buckeyes accused the Terps of trying to intimidate them by crossing the 50-yard line. But Maryland coach John Tillman has a different version.

The Terps (10-2) slid from No. 1 to No. 3 after Sunday's 12-10 loss to unranked Ohio State. And the Great Danes (11-2) tumbled from No. 2 to No. 5. The Blue Devils (12-2) moved up one spot to No. 2, and Denver (10-2) held fast at No. 4.

Cornell (10-3), Johns Hopkins (9-3) and Loyola Maryland (10-3) remained at Nos. 6, 7 and 8, respectively. Rutgers (9-4) moved up one spot to No. 9, and Bucknell rose two spots to No. 10.

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Navy (9-4) climbed three spots to No. 11 after Saturday's 13-12 win against then-No. 9 Syracuse (7-5), who slipped to No. 12.

The lone newcomer to the poll is Ohio State (7-6), which is ranked No. 19.

Team; Last week's ranking; Current record

1. Yale; 5; 11-2

2. Duke; 3; 12-2

3. Maryland; 1; 10-2

4. Denver; 4; 10-2

5. Albany; 2; 11-2

6. Cornell; 6; 10-3

7. Johns Hopkins; 7; 9-3

8. Loyola Maryland; 8; 10-3

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9. Rutgers; 10; 9-4

10. Bucknell; 12; 11-3

11. Navy; 14; 9-4

12. Syracuse; 9; 7-5

13. Virginia; 13; 10-4

14. Penn State; 11; 8-5

15. Villanova; 16; 9-4

16. Massachusetts; 18; 9-4

17. Georgetown; 17; 9-4

18. Notre Dame; 15; 6-5

19. Ohio State; UR; 7-6

20. Robert Morris; 19; 10-3

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