One thing this weekend's results did was remind us that it's still early April, and there is a ton of lacrosse left between now and selection Sunday.
So, slow down on penciling teams in for first-round home games. Special mention to St. John's as the Red Storm scored three goals in 53 seconds during the end of regulation and overtime to beat Georgetown. It wasn't enough to put the Johnnies in my Top 20, but it would be huge for that program to qualify for the inaugural Big East tournament.
1 UVA (10-1): The champs received the usual contributions from the "knowns," but the "unknowns" played a big role as well in the 15-10 win over North Carolina. Now the Cavs have to figure out a way to beat a Duke team that has won 11 of the last 12 against Dom Starsia's troops.
Up next: #8 Duke Friday 6 PM
2 UMASS (10-0): The "U" keeps rolling by crushing Towson, 19-3. Tri-state area fans have a chance to find out for themselves if the Minutemen deserve first place votes when they face Drexel at Bethpage High School.
Up next: Drexel Saturday 2 PM Bethpage High School
3 Loyola (10-0): It was gut check time for the undefeated Greyhounds, trailing Fairfield 6-4 on the road in the fourth quarter. Loyola scored the last four goals of the game to keep its perfect season intact.
Up next: At #7 Denver Saturday
4 Johns Hopkins (9-1): The Blue Jays had no problem getting back on track against Albany with the 17-6 decision. There should be an electric atmosphere at Homewood on Saturday as Hopkins welcomes No. 11 Maryland.
Up next: #11 Maryland Saturday 6 PM
5 Cornell (8-1): Roy Lang had a five-point day as the Big Red jumped out to a big lead on Harvard and cruised to the 14-10 victory.
Up next: #14 Syracuse Tuesday
6 Notre Dame (8-1): The Irish did what they were supposed to do by taking care of Providence, 9-1. The one goal allowed is the fewest for ND since a 14-1 win over Lake Forest in 1989.
Up next: at Georgetown on Sunday
7 Denver (7-3): Once again All-American Mark Matthews led the way with five goals and an assist as the Pioneers knocked off Bellarmine, 12-6. Freshman goalie Ryan LaPlante continues to get comfortable taking over for Jamie Faus with a career-high 16 saves.
Up next: #3 Loyola Saturday
8 Duke (10-3): The Blue Devils are just flat out a hard team to figure out. A week after taking care of Syracuse at the Big City Classic, they have to rally to beat Marist, 11-10. Don't be shocked if they make it to Foxboro, don't be surprised if they lose out and miss the tournament.
Up next: at #1 Virginia Friday 6 PM
9 Lehigh (10-2): The longest winning streak in school history ends at nine in dramatic fashion as Colgate stormed back to win 11-10 in overtime. Huge traffic jam now on top of the Patriot League as Lehigh, Colgate and Bucknell enter next weekend with identical 3-1 records.
Up next: #19 Bucknell Saturday 7 PM
10 UNC (8-4): The Tar Heels couldn't follow up their win over No. 1 Johns Hopkins with a win over No. 1 Virginia falling to the Cavs, 15-10. The youth movement is in full force for Joe Breschi as Chad Tutton, Jimmy Bitter and Joey Sankey combined for five goals and four assists.
Up next: Hoftsra Saturday 1:30 PM
11 Maryland, 12 Penn State, 13 Villanova, 14 Syracuse, 15 Colgate, 16 Princeton, 17 Fairfield, 18 Bryant,
19 Bucknell, 20 Army.