04/23/2012 10:04 AM ET
Lacrosse power rankings: April 23-29
Colgate tops Bucknell, cracks the top 10
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv
Colgate cracks the top 10 with a victory over Bucknell and a slew of upsets around the country. (Bill Gordon)

A wild weekend of upsets has set up a very intriguing stretch run to the end of the regular season. All of a sudden Virginia, Hopkins and Cornell are teetering, while it appears Syracuse and Denver will have to win their conference tournaments just to make the postseason. Nobody saw this coming back in February.

1. Loyola (12-0): The Greyhounds had no problem playing with the No. 1 bullseye on their backs, rolling Hobart, 17-6. Now Charlie Toomey's club gets ready for a very interesting home game with a struggling Johns Hopkins club on Saturday.

Up next: No. 12 Johns Hopkins

2. UMASS (12-0): The Minutemen stayed perfect by pulling one out of the fire against Hofstra, 14-13. Once again it was a balanced attack as Kyle Smith, Art Kell and Colin Fleming all had hat tricks.

Up next: at Delaware, Friday

3. Notre Dame (10-1): For the second straight week, the Irish dug an early hole on the road and for the second straight week had no problem climbing out of it, beating Villanova, 10-7. Sean Rogers led the way with three goals and an assist, and John Kemp settled down after a shaky first quarter to make 10 saves.

Up next: No. 17 Syracuse, Saturday

4. Duke (13-3): Duke is looking like the team many picked as the preseason No. 1 in a 10-game winning streak, capped off by another ACC title with wins over Maryland and UNC. C.J. Costabile is a legitimate Tewaaraton trophy candidate, and Dan Wigrizer has been steady in the cage.

Up next: No. 16 Denver

5. Lehigh (12-2): The Mountain Hawks took care of business against Lafayette, 16-6, but things will be much more challenging on Friday night against Army in the first round of the Patriot League tourney.

Up next: No. 18 Army, Friday, Patriot League Tournament

6. UNC (10-5): The Heels snapped a nine-game losing streak to Virginia in the ACC semifinals but couldn't deliver their first ACC title since 1996, as Duke held them off once again, 12-9. Nicky Galasso appears to be ready for a bigger role, which makes an already explosive offense that much harder to defend.

Up next: Michigan, May 5

7. UVA (10-3): All of a sudden the defending champs look slow and uninspired, losing their third straight home game on Friday night to North Carolina. On one hand, it is a very similar scenario to last year, but where will the spark come from the rest of the way?

Up next: Penn, Friday in Denver

8. Cornell (9-2): Of all the upsets over the weekend, Cornell losing to Brown, 10-9, at home on Senior Day is the hardest one to explain and the most damaging to the tournament resume. Now the Rob Pannell watch is on red alert -- or should I say, Big Red alert?

Up next: at No. 14 Princeton Saturday

9. Maryland (7-4): The Terps couldn't get anything going on offense in the second half against Duke and dropped a 6-5 decision in the ACC semis. Maryland finishes with three out of conference games, including a showdown with No. 10 Colgate on May 5.

Up next: at Mount Saint Mary's, Wednesday

10. Colgate (11-2): The Raiders crack the top 10 with an 11-10 win over Bucknell. Peter Baum continued his tremendous season by delivering the game-winner with just a couple of seconds left in regulation. That win gives Colgate home field for the Patriot League Tournament.

Up next: No. 19 Bucknell, Friday, Patriot League Tournament

11. Penn State, 12. Johns Hopkins, 13. Fairfield, 14. Princeton, 15. Villanova, 16. Denver, 17. Syracuse, 18. Army 19. Bucknell, 20. St. John's

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