Notre Dame, Ohio State make biggest leaps in men’s lacrosse media poll

The fastest risers in Monday morning’s Maverik media poll are a team that captured the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and a team that has won three consecutive games to earn a spot in the Big Ten tournament.

Notre Dame leaped from No. 18 to No. 8 after beating then-No. 2 Duke, 14-11, on Friday and routing then-No. 13 Virginia, 17-7, on Sunday for the ACC title. The run might have earned the Fighting Irish (8-5) a chance to play host to a first-round game in the NCAA tournament on May 12 or 13.

Ohio State jumped from No. 19 to No. 13 after defeating then-No. 9 Rutgers, 10-7, on Saturday. After dropping five straight games, the Buckeyes (8-6) enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 3 seed and the hottest team in the conference.

Duke’s loss dropped the Blue Devils (12-3) to No. 5. Yale (12-2) remains at No. 1 and is followed by Maryland (11-2) at No. 2, Denver (11-2) at No. 3 and Albany (12-2) at No. 4.

Loyola Maryland (12-3) leapfrogged No. 7 Johns Hopkins (9-4) from No. 8 to No. 6 after defeating Boston University and Lehigh to capture its fourth Patriot League championship in five years. Cornell (10-4) slipped from No. 6 to No. 9 after a 14-8 loss at Princeton on Saturday, and Virginia (11-5) moved up to No. 10.

Navy (9-5) slid from No. 11 to No. 17 after losing to Lehigh, 10-9, in overtime on Friday night. Saint Joseph’s (10-3) is the lone newcomer at No. 20, replacing Robert Morris (10-4) after edging the Colonials, 8-7, on Saturday.

Here is how the poll shakes out.

The week ahead for state men's lacrosse teams (April 30)

No. 2 Maryland (11-2)

Coming up: Vs. No. 11 Rutgers, Thursday, 5 p.m.

Comment: The Terps’ 11-10 win on April 15 extended their winning streak against the Scarlet Knights to 10. Redshirt freshman attackman Logan Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin) has scored 29 goals, which puts him in a tie with Rob Wurzburger (1988) and Grant Catalino (2008) for the fourth-highest total in program history by a freshman.

No. 7 Johns Hopkins (9-4)

Coming up: Vs. No. 13 Ohio State, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays raised their record against the Buckeyes to 8-3 after sealing a 13-10 victory on April 7. Senior faceoff specialist Hunter Moreland (Boys’ Latin) has picked up 84 ground balls, which is the most in a single season since Drew Kennedy had 132 in 2014.

Towson (6-7)

Coming up: Vs. Delaware, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Comment: The Tigers’ run of five wins in the past six meetings with the Blue Hens includes a 13-7 victory April 21. Redshirt freshman Shane Brennan is the first goalkeeper in program history to make 110 saves in his first season since John Horrigan made 110 in 1998.

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