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.
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.
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.