Inside Lacrosse women's poll and what's next for state teams (March 6)

The season of upsets continues in Division I women’s lacrosse although Stony Brook fought off its first challenge as a No. 1 program. The Seawolves, who reached the top spot last week for the first time in program history, beat No. 10 Northwestern, 15-10.

In this week’s upsets, Florida topped North Carolina and moved up two spots to No. 4. Virginia cracked the top 10 after beating Syracuse.

Despite Maryland’s 16-14 win over Florida two weeks ago, the Gators jumped over the Terps, who dropped to No. 5. On Saturday, Florida beat the Tar Heels, 17-10; the Terps lost to North Carolina in overtime on Feb. 24. Only three points separate the Gators and the Terps, who rebounded from the loss to beat UMBC and Hofstra last week. (The Baltimore Sun does not vote.)

The loss to Florida is the second of the season for the Tar Heels, who also fell on opening day to James Madison, which moved up to No. 3 behind No. 2 Boston College.In the other major upset of the week, Virginia slipped past Syracuse, 17-16, dealing the Orange their first loss of the season. The Cavaliers moved up four spots to No. 7 while the Orange dropped one into a No. 8 tie with Navy, which suffered its first loss at Boston College, 20-14.

With Virginia’s rise, Towson slipped a spot to No. 10 despite a 14-7 win over Michigan. The Tigers’ Saturday game with Oregon had to be postponed because the Ducks could not get to Baltimore with so many flights canceled because of the wind storm.

One local team is on the rise, however, as Loyola Maryland jumped into the Top 20 after upsetting then-No. 15 Penn State, 16-15 in overtime Saturday. The Greyhounds, who suffered a one-goal defeat to Florida, are No. 18.

The number of unbeaten Division I teams dropped to eight from 18 last week. Towson is the lone team from Maryland still undefeated.

Team;Prev.;Rec.

1. Stony Brook; 1; 4-0

2. Boston College; 2; 7-0

3. James Madison; 5; 5-0

4. Florida; 6; 4-1

5. Maryland; 4; 4-1

6. North Carolina; 3; 3-2

7. Virginia; 11; 5-0

8T. Syracuse; 7; 3-1

8T. Navy; 8; 4-1

10. Towson; 9; 3-0

11. Penn; 12; 4-0

12. Northwestern; 10; 4-2

13. Princeton; 16; 3-1

14. Southern California; 13; 2-2

15. Colorado; —; 3-2

16. Denver; 20; 3-1

17. Notre Dame; 18; 5-2

18. Loyola Maryland; —; 1-2

19. Stanford; —; 3-2

20. Penn State; 15; 3-2

Receiving votes: Duke, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Georgetown, Cornell, Virginia Tech, Louisville (in order most votes to fewest)

State teams’ records, last game and next game

Maryland; 4-1; Def. Hofstra, 17-10; At Syracuse, Sun.

Navy; 4-1; Def. Winthrop, 22-11; At St. Joseph’s, Tues.

Towson; 3-0; Def. Michigan, 14-7; At Loyola Maryland, Wed.

Johns Hopkins; 4-2; Def. Furman, 19-0; Vs. Boston University, Wed.

Loyola Maryland; 1-2; Def. Penn State, 16-15.; Vs. Towson, Wed.

UMBC; 4-1; Def. American, 14-12; Vs. Coastal Carolina, Wed.

Mount St. Mary’s; 3-2; Lost to Longwood, 11-10; Vs. Lehigh, Fri.

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