Another topsy-turvy weekend of upsets and overtime white-knucklers has me convinced the lacrosse season needs to start at least three weeks later. All of these great games are played in front of freezing fans and in obscurity because of college basketball, so let's wait until things warm up and there is a bigger stage. That being said, here's how the intriguing weekend shook up the poll.
1. Notre Dame (3-0): The Irish certainly know how to skate on thin ice. The Domers scored two goals in the final minute of regulation against North Carolina, including the game-tying goal by Matt Kavanagh with 11.9 left to send the game into overtime. The freshman out of Chaminade ended the festivities for the second straight game, as he scored his fourth of the game 15 seconds into the third OT to keep the Irish undefeated.
Up next: Hofstra - Saturday
2. Maryland (4-0): A fan came up to me at Koskinen Stadium after watching Mike Chanenchuk rifle in four goals against Duke and simply said, "He's back." Not sure if the pun was intended or not, but after dealing with back issues for the last few years, Chanenchuk looks ready to be the elite midfielder he was coming out of St. Anthony's in 2010. This also means the Terps have the most powerful midfield in the country with Chanenchuk, John Haus and Jake Bernhardt.
Up next: UMBC - Wednesday
3. Cornell (3-0): Rob Pannell vs. Peter Baum was the headline going in, but the talk after Cornell blitzed Colgate, 19-3, was about Jason Noble and Pannell's supporting cast. Noble is now a leading candidate for the Schmeisser Award, given best defenseman in the country, after snapping Baum's goal-scoring streak at 21 games and limiting the Tewaarton Trophy winner to just on assist.
Up next: at Canisius - Tuesday
4. Loyola (4-1): An interesting week for the champs as they rolled UMBC, 21-9, and then squeaked by Bellarmine, 8-6, on Saturday.
Up next: at Duke - Friday
5. Princeton (2-0): The Tigers made the statement of the weekend by knocking off Johns Hopkins, 11-8, at Homewood Field on Friday. Tom Schreiber displayed his best-midfielder-in-the-country skills with three goals. Rookie goalie Matt O'Connor was not overwhelmed by the situation with 10 saves.
Up next: Villanova - Tuesday
6. Denver (4-1): Wes Berg pumped in seven goals as the Pioneers pulled away from Pennsylvania, 15-12.
Up next: at Ohio State - Saturday
7. Johns Hopkins (3-1): It should be interesting to see how a veteran Blue Jays club responds after being stunned at home by a younger Princeton squad. Hopkins has a pair of games to regroup and retool before heading to the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse on March 16.
Up next: Mount St. Mary's - Tuesday
8. UVA (3-1): The Cavs fell from the ranks of the unbeaten by being upended in overtime by Syracuse, 10-9, at the Carrier Dome.
Up next: Vermont - Tuesday
9. Ohio State (4-0): Welcome to the top 10, Buckeyes! Ohio State remained undefeated by rallying from a six-goal halftime deficit and knocking off Penn State in OT, 10-9. Jesse King finished a big game by scoring his third goal of the day with 0.2 seconds left in OT.
Up next: Denver - Saturday
10. Syracuse (2-1): It appears that we can stop working on the obituaries for Orange lacrosse. Syracuse came up with a huge win Friday night, beating Virginia in OT. Congratulations to Jo Jo Marasco for scoring career goal No. 100 in the victory.
Up next: St. John's - Saturday
The rest: 11. Penn State, 12. UMASS, 13. UNC 14. Colgate 15. Lehigh, 16. Hofstra, 17. Penn, 18. Drexel, 19. Fairfield, 20. Stony Brook