Tri-state area lacrosse fans were out in full force as more than 25,000 spectators went through the turnstiles of MetLife Stadium for an exciting triple-header involving five top-20 teams and an up-and-coming St. John's program. Halfway through the season now, it is looking like first round home games for UMASS, Loyola and Lehigh, and Syracuse could be on the outside looking in on Selection Sunday.
1. UVA (9-1): No lingering effects for the champs from loss No. 1 as they bounce back with a tough road win at Maryland. Steele Stanwick once again led the way with three goals and five assists as the Cavs pulled away in the fourth.
Up next: No. 9 UNC, 1 p.m. Saturday
2. UMass (9-0): The Minutemen returned to action with two wins over Harvard and St. Joe's. It's a lose-lose situation the rest of the way for the U as it plays tough CAA teams that would love to knock them off, but those games won't improve the résumé.
Up next: Towson, Saturday
3. Loyola (9-0): Eric Lusby delivered the hat trick, and the Hounds held on for dear life against Ohio State, 8-7. Loyola puts its perfect season on the line at Fairfield in the biggest game ever on campus for the Stags.
Up next: No. 17 Fairfield, Saturday
4. Johns Hopkins (8-1): It wasn't a long stay in the top spot for the Blue Jays, as Hopkins had no answers for Carolina's R.G. Keenan in the faceoff game at Met Life Stadium on Sunday. The good news is Chris Boland returned to the lineup with two goals and two assists.
Up next: Albany (1-7)
5. Cornell (7-1): It wasn't pretty against Dartmouth, but the Big Red remains perfect in Ivy League play with the 7-5 win. Steve Mock and Chris Langton had two goals each in the road victory.
Up Next: Harvard, Saturday
6. Notre Dame (7-1): Just when it looked like the Irish were in store for another white knuckler against St. John's, sophomore Jim Marlatt took over and put on a show, scoring three straight goals. John Kemp was once again locked in between the pipes with 10 saves.
Up Next: Providence, Saturday
7. Lehigh (10-1): The Mountain Hawks stay on a roll with a 9-4 win over Navy in Annapolis. Freshman Patrick Corbett had three goals and an assist for his first career hat trick.
Up next: at No. 16 Colgate, Saturday
8. Duke (9-3): Fairfield Prep grad Rob Rotanz showed why he was a first round MLL draft pick with his fourth four-goal game of the season in the 12-10 win over Syracuse. Dan Wigrizer was shaky early but made four saves in the fourth to preserve the victory.
Up next: Marist, Saturday
9. North Carolina (8-3): The Miami Heat of college lacrosse lived up to the nickname at the Big City Classic, upsetting No. 1 Johns Hopkins, 13-9. Manhasset native Jimmy Bitter had three goals and Marcus Holman had five points, as the Heels knocked off No. 1 for the first time since 1996. They will try to make it back-to-back wins over No. 1s Saturday against Virginia.
Up next: No. 1 Virginia, Saturday
10. Denver (6-3): Chase Carraro was a ridiculous 22 of 23 at the faceoff X, and Mark Matthews had four goals and an assist as the Pioneers rolled Hobart, 15-8.
Up next: Bellarmine, Friday
11. Maryland, 12. Princeton, 13. Penn St., 14. Villanova, 15. Syracuse, 16. Colgate, 17. Fairfield, 18. Bucknell, 19. Bryant and 20. Drexel.