03/05/2012 10:43 AM ET
Lacrosse power rankings: March 5-11
Virginia, Cornell, Maryland constitute powerful top three
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv
John Ranagan chipped in with a goal and an assist as No. 3 Johns Hopkins remained undefeated with a 10-8 road win over Princeton on Friday night. (Johns Hopkins Athletics)

A trio of matchups between top-10 teams revealed little. But we did discover that Syracuse and Virginia play the most entertaining game every year and Duke will struggle early. Fairfield's Andy Copelan is one of the youngest coaches in college lacrosse, but his Stags are giving him gray hair with three straight overtime games. The Stags have won all three, so he'll take it for now as his club moves up to No. 16 in the power rankings.

No. 1 Virginia (5-0): The Cavs responded like champs after getting hit in the mouth by a 5-0 Syracuse run on Sunday and won, 14-10. After some shaky moments in the second quarter, Essex Fells, N.J., native Rob Fortunato was solid in the cage with a career-high 16 saves.

This week: Vermont on Tuesday, Cornell on Saturday. at 1:30 p.m.

No. 2 Cornell (2-0): The Big Red had a balanced attack while lighting up Army, 18-7. All-American Rob Panell left the game with an injury. Cornell is hopeful that he will be able to go against Virginia on Saturday.

This week: Canisius on Tuesday, No. 1 Virginia on Saturday.

No. 3 Maryland (3-0): Once again, the Terps were ready for the opening whistle and jumped all over Duke. Drew Snider had a hat trick, and Niko Amato showed he could be a first-team All-American in the cage.

This week: at UMBC on Tuesday, Marist on Saturday.

No. 4 Johns Hopkins (4-0): The first midfield unit came alive with John Ranagan, Rob Guida and John Greeley all scoring against Princeton in the 10-8 road win. Tucker Durkin did a great job in limiting Tommy Schreiber to one goal and two assists.

This week: Manhattan on Tuesday, UMBC on Saturday.

No. 5 UMass (4-0): Greg Canella's club continues to climb after knocking off Brown, 12-7. You want to argue that UMass wouldn't be undefeated if the Minutemen had played Duke's or Syracuse's schedule? Valid, but the Minutemen are a veteran group with Major League Lacrosse talent all over the field. Massapequa native Will Manny has been lights out with 14 goals and eight assists in four games.

This week: Albany on Tuesday, Hartford on Saturday.

No. 6 Syracuse (2-1): Can you make a statement in a loss? The Orange could not pull off the road upset in Virginia, but they showed the national TV audience that they are deep and athletic on O and mean on D. Jo Jo Marasco has to be more of a factor and less of a facilitator if this squad is going to make it to Foxborough, Mass.

This week: at St. John's on Saturday.

No. 7 North Carolina (4-1): Just like the Miami Heat a year ago in hoops, the Tar Heels are going through some chemistry issues, which were on display in a 9-8 loss to Lehigh. Can there be such a thing as too much talent?

This week: at Penn on Tuesday, Princeton on Saturday.

No. 8 Notre Dame (2-1): The Irish have yet to sniff double digits in three games, but they showed some grit in picking up a 6-5 road win at Drexel. Allowing just 12 goals in their first three games is simply ridiculous.

This week: at Hofstra on Saturday at 3 p.m.

No. 9 Loyola (3-0): The Greyhounds are a top-10 team with wins over Delaware, Towson and Bellarmine. They will improve to 4-0 after a Wednesday visit to Ann Arbor, but whether they stay in the top 10 will be determined when the Blue Devils come to town.

This week: at Michigan on Wednesday, Duke on Saturday.

No. 10 Villanova (3-1): After jumping out to a 6-0 lead on Saturday against Delaware, the Wildcats appear ready to be in the top five. Then the wheels came off, and Delaware stormed back for a 13-9 win.

This week: at Penn on Saturday.

Nos. 11-20: 11. Denver,12. Duke, 13. Yale, 14. Princeton, 15. Penn State, 16. Fairfield, 17. Lehigh, 18. Harvard, 19. Hofstra, 20. Ohio State.

Eamon McAnaney is an on-air host for SNY and a contributor to SNY.tv. Follow him on Twitter @EamonMcAnaney.
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