Two weeks ago, Loyola Maryland wasn’t ranked in the Inside Lacrosse Cascade Division I women’s media poll, but after three wins over top-15 teams, the Greyhounds have soared to No. 12.
A 16-15 overtime win over then-No. 15 Penn State on March 3 earned the Greyhounds the No. 18 ranking. Last week, they rallied from six goals down at the half to beat then-No. 10 Towson, 14-13 in three overtimes. Saturday, they beat then-No. 13 Princeton, 13-7.
The Greyhounds will try to keep it going when they host No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday night before beginning Patriot League play at home against Army West Point on Saturday.
Maryland passed its first major test since falling to North Carolina, 16-15 in overtime, on Feb. 24. The Terps had little trouble with No. 8 Syracuse, running their lead as high as 10 in the second half before winning, 18-11, Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
The Terps open Big Ten competition Saturday against Johns Hopkins, a team that gave them trouble in last year’s Big Ten tournament before the Terps pulled out a 19-16 victory en route to the conference championship and the national championship.
Stony Brook, which did not play this week, held on to the top spot and will host Towson on Saturday. The Tigers fell from No. 10 to No. 13 this week after the loss to Loyola, their first loss of the season.
Navy also dropped a couple of spots to No. 10, but the Mids have a chance to move up next week if they can get past No. 6 Florida on Tuesday.
Only four teams remain unbeaten in Division I and all four are in the top 10: Stony Brook, No. 2 Boston College, No. 3 James Madison and No. 9 Penn.