North Carolina rocked the top of the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week with its upset of previously unbeaten Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference final Sunday.
The Eagles dropped from No. 2 to No. 4, opening the way for Maryland to move up one spot to No. 2 and North Carolina to jump from No. 5 to No. 3.
Stony Brook, the only undefeated team in Division I, remained No. 1 for the tenth straight week. James Madison dropped one spot to No. 5.
The defending national champion Terps head into this weekend's Big Ten tournament after polishing off their fourth straight conference regular-season title with a 20-16 win over No. 6 Northwestern Thursday night. Undefeated in the conference, they will be top seeded for the tournament, which begins Friday at Michigan.
Maryland will face Johns Hopkins in the semifinals. Although the Terps won the regular-season game 15-5, the Blue Jays pushed the Terps before falling 19-16 in last year's semifinal. The Blue Jays, who lost a heartbreaking regular-season finale 9-8 to Towson, are aiming for a statement win that would secure a berth in the NCAA tournament field when it is announced Sunday night.
No. 7 Towson could be in a battle for one of the top eight spots and the home field advantage for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers dropped their regular-season finale 17-16 to James Madison Saturday, but likely will face the Dukes again in this weekend's Colonial Athletic Association tournament.
No. 8 Loyola Maryland, as the regular-season champion, hosts the Patriot League tournament, beginning Thursday. The Greyhounds may also be in position to host the first round of the NCAA tournament.
In Friday's Patriot League semifinal, they face the lowest seeded team emerging from the quarterfinals that pit third-seeded Lehigh against sixth-seeded Holy Cross and fourth-seeded Colgate against fifth-seeded Boston University. If they advance to Sunday's noon tile game, the Greyhounds likely will face No. 10 Navy, the second seed.
The Midshipmen, who meet the higher advancing seed in Friday's semifinals, won last year's tournament championship and went on to the final four for the first time in program history. That was the only win over Loyola the Midshipmen have had since the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League in 2015. Loyola won the regular-season meeting, 16-12, on April 7.
Mount St. Mary's surprised Northeast Conference rival Bryant, 12-6, in Sunday's season finale, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the final 32 minutes. Bryant, the defending conference champion, had been the only team unbeaten in the NEC.
The Mountaineers had not won 10 games in a season since 2007 when they won their last NEC regular-season championship. They return to the tournament for the first time in three years and, as the fourth seed, will meet top-seeded Bryant again in Thursday's semifinals.
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State teams' records, last game and next game
» Maryland; 16-1; Def. No. 7 Northwestern, 20-16; Vs. Johns Hopkins in the Big Ten semifinals, Fri..
» Towson; 14-3; Lost to No. 4 James Madison, 17-16 OT; Vs. Elon in the CAA semifinals, Fri.
» Loyola Maryland; 14-3; Def. Holy Cross, 23-3; Vs. TBA in the Patriot league semifinals, Fri.
» Navy; 14-3; Def. Boston University, 23-6; Vs. TBA in the Patriot League semifinals, Fri
» Johns Hopkins; 9-6; Lost ot No. 6 Towson, 9-8; Vs. No. 2 Maryland in the Big Ten semifinals, Fri.
» UMBC; 11-6; Def. Hartford, 24-3: Season complete.
» Mount St. Mary's; 10-6; Def. Bryant, 12-6; At Bryant in the Northeast Conference semifinals, Thurs.