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Loyola Maryland continued its steady rise in the Inside Lacrosse media poll this week, jumping from No. 12 to No. 8, after continuing its upset streak with a 19-18 win over then-No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday.

The victory gave the Greyhounds (5-2) wins over four straight top-15 opponents, three of them — against Penn State, Towson and Virginia — by a single goal.

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Loyola wasn’t ranked in preseason or in the first three polls after starting 0-2, but it cracked the Top 20 two weeks ago after back-to-back wins over the Nittany Lions and Tigers.

Saturday, the Greyhounds had a little easier time with their first Patriot League foe, beating Army West Point, 15-3, for their fifth straight win. They don’t face another ranked opponent until they host No. 9 Syracuse on April 5 and then travel to No. 13 Navy for a Patriot League showdown on April 7.

Defense stands tall for Maryland women's lacrosse in Big Ten-opening rout of Johns Hopkins

Fourth-ranked Maryland forced 20 turnovers and outshot the Blue Jays by better than a 2-to-1 margin, at one point holding them to a single goal over 25 minutes in a 15-5 win that opened the Big Ten schedule for both teams.

Maryland, the defending national champion, holds on at No. 4 behind three of the four teams remaining unbeaten in Division I — No. 1 Stony Brook, No. 2 Boston College and No. 3 James Madison. The Terps have won four straight games since suffering their only loss, 16-15, at No. 5 North Carolina on Feb. 24.

The next two Terps opponents, however, are undefeated. They travel to meet No. 7 Penn on Wednesday before returning home to play James Madison on Saturday.

Navy dropped three spots to No. 13 after falling to No. 6 Florida, 19-16, and then slipping by Colgate, 13-12 in overtime. The Midshipmen are now in their Patriot League schedule and don’t face another ranked opponent until hosting Loyola on April 7 and No. 8 Virginia on April 11.

Towson dropped one spot to No. 14. The Tigers fell to No. 1 Stony Brook, 13-8, Saturday and they face another top-10 challenge when they travel to Florida on Wednesday.

By the numbers for women's lacrosse (March 20)

A by-the-numbers look at the past week in Division I women's lacrosse competition.

Inside Lacrosse Cascade Division I women’s media poll

Team;Prev.;Rec.

1. Stony Brook; 1; 7-0

2. Boston College; 2; 10-0

3. James Madison; 3; 8-0

4. Maryland; 4; 6-1

5. North Carolina; 5; 6-2

6. Florida; 6; 6-2

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7. Penn; 9; 7-0

8. Loyola Maryland; 12; 5-2

9. Syracuse; 8; 6-2

10. Virginia; 7; 6-3

11. Northwestern; 11; 5-3

12. Southern California; 15; 5-3

13. Navy; 10; 6-2

14. Towson; 13; 5-2

15. Colorado;14; 6-3

16. Virginia Tech; 17; 7-3

17. Princeton; 20; 4-2

18. Stanford; 18; 5-3

19. Duke; 19; 6-3

20. Penn State; —; 6-4

Receiving votes: High Point, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Denver, Yale, Georgetown, Oregon, Dartmouth (in order most votes to fewest)

Women's lacrosse National Player of the Week (March 20): Kerrigan Miller, Southern California

Southern California's Kerrigan Miller is The Baltimore Sun's women's lacrosse National Player of the Week for March 20, 2018, after contributing to both game-winning goals in overtime as the Trojans won their first two Pac-12 games.

State teams’ records, last game and next game

Maryland; 5-1; Def. Johns Hopkins,15-5; At No. 7 Penn, Wed.

Navy; 6-2; Def. Colgate 13-12 OT; At Bucknell, Sat

Loyola Maryland; 5-2; Def. Army West Point, 15-3; At Georgetown, Wed.

Towson; 5-2; Lost to Stony Brook 13-8; At No. 6 Florida, Wed.

Johns Hopkins; 7-3; Lost to No. 4 Maryland, 15-5; At No. 20 Penn State, Thurs.

UMBC; 7-2; Def. Longwood, 13-10; Vs. New Hampshire, Sat.

Mount St. Mary’s; 4-4; Lost to George Washington, 10-7; At Radford, Sat.

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