03/12/2012 11:59 AM ET
Lacrosse power rankings: March 12-18
Handful of close games sets up monster weekend in college lax
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv
Will Manny had another big day for UMass with six points against Hartford, helping the Minutemen improve to 6-0 and move up to No. 3 in our poll. (UMass Athletics)

Another turbulent week in the poll with a trio of upsets on Tuesday as Maryland, Yale and North Carolina were knocked off. Then nine of 24 Division I games on Saturday were one-goal games, setting up a monster weekend with Duke hosting the Tar Heels on Friday, Syracuse at Johns Hopkins on Saturday and Denver in South Bend to take on Notre Dame.

1. UVA (7-0): The champs almost let one get away against a Rob Pannell-less Cornell club at the Face-Off Classic, but Steele Stanwick found Colin Briggs for the game-winner in overtime. Stanwick's assist was his third of the game, and he continues to move up the all-time list at Virginia.

Up next: at Ohio State on Saturday.

2. Hopkins (6-0): The Canadian connection of Zach Palmer and Brandon Benn combined for six goals and seven assists in a 12-5 win over UMBC. The defense has been rock solid all year, and now the Blue Jays will look for their first win over Syracuse since 2007.

Up next: Syracuse on Saturday.

3. UMass (6-0): The Minutemen outscored Albany and Hartford by a combined score of 31-12 to improve to 6-0. A balanced offense and an experienced goalie in Tim McCormack have New Englanders thinking the original "U" can return to championship weekend for the first time since 2007.

Up next: at Penn State on Saturday.

4. Cornell (3-1): Life without Pannell began with a laugher over Canisius and then a heartbreaking loss to Virginia. New Jersey product Matt Donovan will develop into a quality quarterback of the offense while Big Red fans keep their fingers crossed for a return of No. 3.

Up Next: Yale on Saturday.

5. Loyola (5-0): A busy week started with a road victory at Ann Arbor and was capped off with a big home win over Duke. Mike Sawyer had a career-high six goals to go along with two assists as the Greyhounds made a statement.

Up next: Air Force on Saturday.

6. Syracuse (3-1): Escape from New York, Part 3, took place Saturday as Tim Desko scored with 1:25 left to break an 8-8 tie as Cuse squeaked by St. John's, 9-8. Kevin Drew matched his career-high with two goals for his first two points of the season.

Up next: at Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

7. Notre Dame (3-1): You can't spell grind without ND, and that was on display again on Saturday at Hofstra as the Irish gutted out a 6-5 OT win over the Pride. New Hyde, Park, N.Y., resident Sean Rogers had a hat trick, including the game winner.

Up next: Denver on Sunday.

8. Denver (4-1): The Pioneers' offense had a breakout performance in a 14-6 win against Austin Kaut and Penn State. Player of the Year candidate Mark Matthews led the way with five points, and sophomore goalie Jamie Faus had a season-high 13 saves.

Up next: At Notre Dame on Sunday.

9. Maryland (4-1): After being stunned by UMBC on Tuesday, the Terps bounced back to rout Marist, 17-4. Four of the next five games for John Tillman's club will be against top-15 competitors.

Up next: Villanova on Saturday.

10. Villanova (4-1): Improbable doesn't do justice to what happened for Villanova against Penn. First, the Wildcats rallied from a 7-4 deficit with just over eight minutes left to play to tie it, and then Max Hart scored the game-winner with one second left from somewhere near Broad Street.

11. Lehigh, 12. UNC, 13. Fairfield, 14. Duke, 15. Princeton, 16. Penn State, 17. Colgate, 18. Hofstra, 19. Yale, 20. Penn.

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