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No surprise: Yale men’s lacrosse tops final media poll

Yale players celebrate after defeating Duke in the NCAA college Division I championship lacrosse game, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass.
Yale players celebrate after defeating Duke in the NCAA college Division I championship lacrosse game, Monday, May 28, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (Michael Dwyer / AP)

Thanks to capturing its first NCAA Division I championship on Memorial Day, the Yale men’s lacrosse team occupies the No. 1 spot in the final Inside Lacrosse poll released Thursday.

The Bulldogs (17-3) claimed the top ranking after defeating Duke, 13-11, in Monday’s tournament final. The Blue Devils finished at 16-4 and No. 2 in the poll.

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Maryland (14-4) and Albany (16-3), two teams that advanced to championship weekend, are ranked Nos. 3 and 4. Loyola Maryland (13-4) is No. 5, and Johns Hopkins (12-5) is No. 6.

No. 7 Denver (13-4), No. 8 Cornell (13-5), No. 9 Notre Dame (9-6) and No. 10 Virginia (12-6) round out the top 10.

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The top 20 poll includes four programs that did not qualify for the NCAA tournament and three of them are from the Big Ten. Rutgers (9-6) is the highest-ranked team at No. 13, while Ohio State (8-7) at No. 17 and Penn State (8-6) at No. 20 are not too far behind. The other non-tournament participant is Bucknell (11-4) at No. 16.

Navy (9-5), which had been ranked No. 19, was replaced by Richmond (11-6).

Ranking;team;Last week’s ranking;Current record

1.;Yale;4;17-3

2.;Duke;3;16-4

3.;Maryland;1;14-4

4.;Albany;2;16-3

5.;Loyola Maryland;6;13-4

6.;Johns Hopkins;5;12-5

7.;Denver;9;13-4

8.;Cornell;7;13-5

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9.;Notre Dame;8;9-6

10.;Virginia;10;12-6

11.;Georgetown;12;12-5

12.;Syracuse;11;8-7

13.;Rutgers;13;9-6

14.;Massachusetts;14;12-5

15.;Robert Morris;18;13-5

16.;Bucknell;16;11-4

17.;Ohio State;15;8-7

18.;Villanova;17;10-6

19.;Richmond;UR;11-6

20.;Penn State;20;8-6

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