02/18/2013 10:35 AM ET
Notre Dame takes top spot in the rankings
Irish prepare for Sunday's game at No. 8 Penn State
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv
Loyola's Chris Layne scored the game-winning goal with 4.4 seconds remaining against Delaware. (Craig Chase)

Well, the 2013 college lacrosse season didn't take long to become full of intrigue with upsets and overtime thrillers all over the country.

Just like that, ACC powers Duke and UNC are out of the top 10 and Syracuse almost falls out of the rankings completely after losing at home in double overtime to Albany.

Now, the stage is set for a pair of top-10 clashes this weekend.

Here's a recap with my new power rankings.

No. 1 Notre Dame (1-0): We should know by now not to read too much into the score of a Duke game in February, but that shouldn't diminish the value of the Irish going into Durham and rolling the Blue Devils, 13-5. Jim Marlatt led the way five goals and newcomer Matt Kavanagh had four in his ND debut. Head coach Kevin Corrigan now turns his attention to No. 8 Penn State, a club that knocked off the Irish in OT last year.
UP NEXT: at No. 8 Penn State, Sunday, 12 p.m.

No. 2 Loyola (1-0): The champs found out quickly what life is like as the hunted instead of the hunter, needing a Chris Layne goal with less than five seconds remaining in regulation to escape Delaware, 9-8. Justin Ward had five points in the victory. The atmosphere at Ridley this Saturday should heat up the February temperatures as Maryland pays a visit in a rematch of last year's title game.
UP NEXT: at Towson, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

No. 3 Maryland (2-0): Not much drama for Maryland as it went on the road and dominated Hartford, 16-4. Owen Blye scored a career-high five goals and Kevin Cooper had five points. Even though head coach John Tillman might try to downplay it, the theme this week is payback as the Terps prepare to face Loyola after coming up short against the Hounds on Memorial Day.
UP NEXT: at No. 2 Loyola, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

No. 4 Cornell (0-0): The Big Red didn't play this past week. Cornell opens up Sunday against a Hobart team that knocked off Siena, 18-5.
UP NEXT: Hobart, Sunday, TBD

No. 5 Johns Hopkins (2-0): The Blue Jays doubled up Towson, 12-6, thanks to a career-high four points from sophomore Wells Stanwick. Hopkins should have no problem improving to 3-0 on Saturday when Michigan comes to Homewood Field for what could be a landmark meeting in the history of the sport.
UP NEXT: Michigan, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 6 Virginia (1-0): Virginia's annual tussle with Drexel lived up to its tradition as the Dragons pushed the Cavs to overtime before Matt White won it for the Hoos. Welcome back, Nick O'Reilly! The Long Island native returned to action with two goals and a career-high six assists.
UP NEXT: VMI, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

No. 7 Colgate (2-0): Brendon McCann provided the spark with five second-half goals as the Raiders pulled away from Vermont, 13-7. Tewaaraton Trophy winner Peter Baum chipped in with his 28th career hat trick.
UP NEXT: at Dartmouth, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 8 Penn State (2-0): The Nittany Lions move into the top 10 with a 15-12 upset over then-No. 6 Denver in Florida. Shane Sturgis and Jack Forster had four goals each, helping Penn State reach 2-0 for the first time since 2002. Head coach Jeff Tambroni's club now gets ready for the biggest regular season game in program history as No. 1 Notre Dame comes to Happy Valley.
UP NEXT: No. 1 Notre Dame, Sunday, 12 p.m.

No. 9 UMass (2-0): The Minutemen let everyone know that last year was not a flash-in-the-pan season by knocking off North Carolina, 12-11. Making the victory even more impressive was that UMass did it without Will Manny, who is expected to miss six weeks with a reported thumb injury.
UP NEXT: at Harvard, Saturday, 1 p.m.

No. 10 Denver (1-1): The Pioneers were knocked off by Penn State, 15-12, on Sunday but stay in the top 10 because of their win at Duke last week.
UP NEXT: No. 12 Lehigh, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Rounding out the top 20:
11) Princeton
12) Lehigh
13) Duke
14) UNC
15) Fairfield
16) Ohio State
17) Hofstra
18) Albany
19) Syracuse
20) Yale

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