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.
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.
By Rich Scherr
Mar 17, 2018 | 4:15 PM
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.
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.