02/25/2013 10:25 AM ET
Maryland moves up to No. 2 with big win
Maryland beat Loyola in title game rematch, 12-10
By Eamon McAnaney / SNY.tv
Maryland's Jon Haus matched a career high with four goals against Loyola. (Courtesy: Maryland Athletics)

Once again, it was a weekend full of high drama highlighted by a title game rematch, an instant classic in State College, and lacrosse's version of an ABA All-Star game between Drexel and Albany. The Dragons outlasted the Great Danes 20-19 and after one month of action it is safe to say the rule changes are fan friendly. Many ballots will move Maryland up to No. 1, but I started with Notre Dame in the top spot and can't drop the Irish after a road win over a top-10 team.

1) Notre Dame (2-0): Chaminade grad Matt Kavanagh is living up to the hype as he delivered the game winner in overtime against Penn State. Following this classic on a smart phone wore out the battery as the Irish and Nittany Lions combined for three goals in the final 24 seconds of regulation to set up Kavanagh's heroics.
UP NEXT: No. 12 North Carolina, Saturday, 12 p.m.

2) Maryland (3-0): You never truly get payback for a post season loss in a regular season game but Maryland does get satisfaction with a 12-10 win over Loyola in a rematch of last year's championship game won by the Greyhounds. John Haus had four goals and Niko Amato made 13 saves to lead the way for the road win. Maryland was public enemy No. 1 in regards to slow play a year ago but in three games this season the Terps have put up 51 goals. UP NEXT: at Duke, Saturday, 11 a.m.

3) Loyola (2-1): The defending champs could not recover from allowing Maryland runs of 5-0 in the 1st half and 3-0 in the 2nd half. Anyone who followed Loyola's run last year understands the importance of midfielder Josh Hawkins and his suspension is one of the major stories of the first month of the season. UP NEXT: UMBC, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

4) Cornell (1-0): It was a triumphant return to action for Rob Pannell as he shredded the Hobart D for four goals and five assists. The main beneficiary of RP3 being back on the field was Steve Mock who finished with five goals in the 19-11 Big Red victory. UP NEXT: Binghamton, Tuesday

5) Johns Hopkins (3-0): The Blue Jays handled Michigan 17-8 in a meeting that was more ceremonial than competitive. Mike Poppleton won 17 of 18 face-offs and Brandon Benn had a hat trick. UP NEXT: No. 11 Princeton, Friday, 7 p.m.

6) Virginia (3-0): The Cavaliers pulled away in the second half against Stony Brook to earn a 13-7 road win. Mark Cockerton scored five goals and Matt White had six points with three goals and three assists. UP NEXT: Mount St Mary's, Tuesday

7) Colgate (3-0): Tewaarton trophy winner Peter Baum became the Patriot League's all-time goal scorer with three in a 13-10 win over Dartmouth. Brendon McCann also put three in the back of the net, as the Raiders have opened up 3-0 for the first time in 20 years. UP NEXT: No. 4 Cornell, Saturday, 3 p.m.

8) Penn State (2-1): Almost 1,300 fans crammed into Holuba Hall for the biggest regular season game in Nittany Lions history and they were treated to a roller coaster ride between Penn State and Notre Dame. Tom LaCrosse set up bonus lacrosse by beating John Kemp with 0.6 seconds left in regulation. The joy was short lived, though, as Penn State allowed Matt Kavanagh's goal in the extra session. UP NEXT: No. 15 Ohio State, Saturday, 1 p.m.

9) UMASS: The Minutemen used a balanced attack with seven different goal scorers to knock off Harvard in Cambridge, 8-6. The Crimson found it tough sledding on the offensive end as the UMASS defense caused 17 turnovers. UP NEXT: Brown, Saturday, 2 p.m.

10) Denver: (3-1): It was a productive weekend for the Pioneers as they picked up two home victories including pulling away from No. 12 Lehigh, 18-10, on Saturday. Eric Law had seven points and Gordie Koerber and Wes Berg each had hat tricks. UP NEXT: No. 14 Penn, Saturday

Rounding out the top 20:

11) Princeton

12) UNC

13) Lehigh

14) Penn

15) OSU

16) Fairfield

17) Drexel

18) Albany

19) Syracuse

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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