Last weekend in college lacrosse had it all: A No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown living up to the hype in Charlottesville, a late-game brawl in Chapel Hill and a five-overtime classic between Princeton and Yale won by Alex Capretta and the Tigers.
Now metropolitan-area fans get to see some of the best in the sport on Sunday as five top-20 teams take the turf at MetLife Stadium for the Big City Classic, headlined by your new top team in the country: Johns Hopkins.
1. Hopkins (8-0) The Ghostbusters of Charles St. continue to exorcise demons. The Blue Jays won in Virginia for the first time since 1998 thanks to John Ranagan's overtime heroics. It was a complete team effort, and now Hopkins will play with a bullseye on its back.
Up next: No. 13 North Carolina, MetLife Stadium, Sunday
2. Virginia (8-1) It's been a while since the champs have tasted defeat, and as much as Johns Hopkins deserved the win, the Cavs made critical mistakes late. Poor defense on Lee Coppersmith at the end of regulation and several mistakes in overtime cost the Cavaliers dearly.
Up next: at No. 8 Maryland, Saturday
3. Cornell (6-1) The Big Red is doing more than treading water without Rob Pannell, with two come-from-behind wins. First it was a thriller in OT against Denver, and then they stormed back from a 7-2 deficit against Penn to pull away and win, 16-11.
Up next: at Dartmouth, Saturday
4. UMass (7-0) Hate to drop a team for being idle, but Cornell did pick up a top-10 win while the Minutemen were eating cheeseburgers watching Harvard film.
Up next: Harvard, Tuesday
5. Loyola (8-0) The Greyhounds continue to rack up victories, beating Georgetown and UMBC. Mike Sawyer had eight goals in the two wins to give him 29 on the season.
Up next: Ohio State, Saturday
6. Notre Dame (6-1) The cynic says the Irish are skating on thin ice, while ND Nation says they are grinding out victories, including an 8-7 win at Ohio State and a 12-9 decision over Rutgers. Domers are in need of a laugher, which probably won't happen Sunday at the Meadowlands against St. John's.
Up next: St. John's, Met Life Stadium, Sunday
7. Lehigh (9-1) Maybe Lehigh is the Murray State of college lacrosse; we will be debating the legitimacy of the Mountain Hawks' top-10 status all season long. We will find out more with two road games ahead at Navy and Colgate, even if those games won't impress pollsters.
Up next: at Navy, Friday
8. Maryland (5-2) Just when you think the Terps are a lock for championship weekend, they stumble in Chapel Hill to the Heat -- I mean Heels. There will be fallout from the fisticuffs at the end that will affect the lineup Saturday against Virginia.
Up next: No. 2 Virginia, Saturday
9. Duke (7-3) Even a Wall Street analyst would have a hard time right now trying to figure out whether or not to buy stock in the Blue Devils as champion contenders. Thirty-three goals in two wins over Dartmouth and Georgetown look nice, but those two clubs are nowhere near the top 20, let alone top 10. Tri-state area fans should be looking forward to seeing Duke in person Sunday at the Meadowlands against Syracuse.
Up next: Brown, Tuesday
10. Denver (5-3) Maybe too many sympathy/pain votes here for the Pioneers, but after losing a triple-overtime classic in South Bend on March 18, they traveled to Long Island and had their hearts ripped out by Cornell. With Bill Tierney at the helm, I envision an extremely mentally tough club by ECAC tournament time.
Up next: Hobart, Saturday
11. Villanova, 12. Syracuse, 13. UNC, 14. Princeton, 15. Penn State, 16. Colgate, 17. Fairfield, 18. Bucknell
19. Hofstra, 20. Harvard