University of Delaware Men’s Lacrosse Moves Back into Top 20, Brings No. 18 Ranking into Saturday Showdown at Drexel
March 28, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Thanks to a second straight one-goal comeback victory over a Colonial Athletic Association foe on Saturday, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team has vaulted back into the Top 20 national rankings.
The Blue Hens (6-3, 2-0 CAA), who followed a 7-6 win over then No. 4 Hofstra last week with an 8-7 triumph over Towson this past Saturday, are ranked No. 18 in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Defending CAA champion Delaware, which has defeated seven straight league opponents since last season, returns to the top 20 for the first time since a No. 16 ranking by the USILA back on Feb. 21. The Hens earned 47 points in the USILA poll and 43 in the Inside Lacrosse poll.
The Blue Hens will be looking to win their third straight contest and open league play at 3-0 for the first time since joining the league in 2002 this Saturday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on Drexel (5-4, 1-1 CAA) at 1 p.m. The Dragons, who fell to Hofstra 11-6 on Saturday, also received votes in this week’s USILA poll but did not crack the Top 20.
Syracuse (7-0) remained at the top spot in both polls, earning all 14 first place votes in the USILA rankings. Undefeated Notre Dame as at No. 2 followed by Duke, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Virginia, Cornell, Villanova, Army, Hofstra, Maryland, Denver, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Yale, Stony Brook, Ohio State, Bucknell, Delaware, and Penn State. Among teams also receiving votes are Colgate, Siena, Harvard, Drexel, Robert Morris, Georgetown, Albany, and Dartmouth.
In the Inside Lacrosses rankings, Syracuse received 12 of the first place votes to maintain the top spot while No. 2 Notre Dame grabbed the other vote. Duke was third followed by Virginia, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Hofstra, Army, Maryland, Villanova, Denver, Pennsylvania, Stony Brook, Yale, Massachusetts, Bucknell, Delaware, Ohio State, and Harvard. Also receiving votes were Dartmouth, Siena, Drexel, Colgate, Robert Morris, Loyola, Penn State, Georgetown, and Albany.
Delaware’s schedule includes eight teams earning votes in the USILA poll and nine in the IL rankings.