Losses for Virginia and Johns Hopkins shake up the polls in a big way and seem to really open things up for potential team to make a run to Foxboro. We are putting Loyola at 1 over UMASS because the Greyhounds have 3 wins over teams currently in the top 20 (Duke, Denver, Fairfield) while the Minutemen have 2 (Penn State and Bucknell).
1. Loyola (11-0): The Greyhounds passed their toughest test of the season by going on the road in front of a sold out crowd at Denver and knock off the Pioneers 12-9. For the second straight week Charlie Toomey's club dominated the end game by scoring 5 of the last 6 goals.
Up next: at Hobart Saturday
2. UMASS (11-0): Long Beach resident Tim McCormack returned to Long Island in style by making 14 saves to help UMASS stay undefeated with an 8-6 win over Drexel at Bethpage High School. Anthony Biscardi (Wantagh) and Will Manny (Massapequa) were also able to enjoy the homecoming with 2 points each.
Up next: Hofstra Saturday
3. Cornell (9-1): Even without Rob Pannell the Big Red was no match for the Orange rolling Syracuse 12-6. NYC Product Max Van Bourgondien continued his break out season with 4 goals.
Up next: Brown Saturday
4. Notre Dame (9-1): Was it a locker room or a panic room down 5-1 to Georgetown at halftime? The Irish came out flying with 4 unanswered goals to start the 2nd half and holding the Hoyas to just 2 scores for a 9-7 Domer win.
Up next: at # 12 Villanova Saturday 5:30 PM
5. Duke (11-3): There has to be more to Duke dismantling Virginia once again than the Blue Devils having the Cavs number. C.J. Costabile showed why he should be a serious Tewaarton Trophy candidate and the young attack was clicking with 4 goals from Josh Dionne and 6 points from Jordan Wolf.
Up next: # 8 Maryland 5 PM Friday night
6. Virginia (10-2): The Cavs have been through too much over the years to overreact to being punched in the mouth once again by Duke but it should be interesting to see if they need someone else to do their dirty work for them or if they can figure out the Blue Devils on their own.
Up next: #10 North Carolina 7:30
7. Johns Hopkins (9-2): Everything seemed to be going the Blue Jay way with a 6-3 lead early in the 3rd but Maryland turned the tables with a 6-0 run to end the game and won it 9-6.
Up next: Navy Saturday
8. Maryland (7-3): Johns Hopkins had no answer for Owen Blye as the junior matched a career with 4 goals in the 9-6 win. The young Maryland defense was fantastic in the 2nd half led by LSM Jess Bernhardt.
Up next: # 5 Duke 5 PM Friday
9. Lehigh (11-2): The Mountain Hawks bounced back from an OT loss to Colgate with a thrilling 9-8 victory over Bucknell. Hauppague resident Dante Fantoni put the game winner in the back of the net with just 11 seconds left in regulation.
Up next: at Lafayette
10. UNC (8-4): The Tar Heels held off the Hofstra upset bid with another huge performance from the attack.as both Marcus Holman and Jimmy Bitter had 7 point efforts.
Up next: Virginia 7:30 Friday
11. Penn State, 12. Villanova, 13. Denver, 14. Syracuse, 15. Colgate, 16. Princeton, 17. Fairfield, 18. Bryant 19. Army, 20. Bucknell