Albany men’s lacrosse benefits from Duke’s loss, is new No. 1 in latest media poll

The Albany men’s lacrosse team was the biggest beneficiary of Duke’s 10-9 upset loss to Penn on Saturday, moving into the top spot in the latest Maverik Inside Lacrosse media poll released Monday morning.

The Great Danes (2-0) — who easily dispatched Drexel, 18-5 — moved up one spot from No. 2. Reigning NCAA champion Maryland (4-0) rose from No. 3 to No. 2, and the Blue Devils (4-1) slipped to No. 3.

Virginia (4-0) rose to No. 4 from No. 6 after outlasting No. 20 Princeton, 18-15, and North Carolina moved from No. 12 to No. 10 after rallying to defeat No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 13-11. Army West Point (3-1) dropped out of the top 10, slipping from No. 9 to No. 13 after losing 11-10 in triple overtime to No. 12 Syracuse.

Loyola Maryland (2-1) rose one spot to No. 9 after defeating Lafayette, 19-5. Towson fell out of the top 20 after losing to Georgetown, 12-10.

Here is how the poll shakes out.

Team; Last week’s ranking; Current record

1. Albany; 2; 2-0

2. Maryland; 3; 4-0

3. Duke; 1 ;4-1

4. Virginia; 6; 4-0

5. Denver; 4; 2-1

6. Ohio State; 5; 4-0

7. Villanova; 7; 3-0

8. Notre Dame; 8; 2-0

9. Loyola Maryland; 10; 2-1

10. North Carolina; 12; 4-0

11. Yale; 11; 1-1

12. Syracuse; 16; 2-1

13. Army; 9; 3-1

14. Penn; UR; 2-1

15. Rutgers; 13; 3-1

16. Vermont; 17; 5-0

17. Georgetown; UR; 3-0

18. Johns Hopkins; 14; 1-2

19. Marquette; UR; 2-0

20. Princeton; 18; 1-1

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