The game of lacrosse continues to grow as the top-five showdown between Notre Dame and Denver lived up to its Mile High Classic title, and the player of the year from Oregon had five points for Colgate as Peter Baum led the Raiders to victory over Michigan at Citi Field.
March is far from over, and already, some serious titans of the sport that always think Final Four are now on thin ice for even making the postseason.
No. 1 Maryland (6-0): The Terps came up with a hard-fought 10-7 road win at Villanova. Sophomore Jay Carlson led the way with a career-high five goals.
UP NEXT: No. 13 North Carolina, Saturday, noon
No. 2 Cornell (6-0): Rob Pannell and company picked up Ivy League win No. 1 in New Haven, Conn., with a 12-10 victory over Yale. Huntington, N.Y., native Steve Mock delivered five of his six goals in the second half.
UP NEXT: No. 18 Bucknell, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Notre Dame (4-1): The battle-tested Irish put the armor on once again to rally for two goals in the final 2:30 to force overtime at Denver. Then, Jim Marlatt bounced in the game-winner in Notre Dame's fourth straight one-goal game. Is this team's theme song "Living on the edge" or "Living on a prayer?"
UP NEXT: No. 9 Ohio State, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Denver (5-2): I can't drop the Pioneers after losing in overtime to the No. 3 team in the country. Eric Law continued his big season with four goals and two assists.
UP NEXT: Air Force, Saturday, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Syracuse (4-1): Syracuse's 6-on-6 offensive execution was impressive in its eye-opening 13-8 victory over Johns Hopkins in front of nearly 6,300 fans at the Carrier Dome. Junior midfielder Scott Loy had his first career hat trick in the win.
UP NEXT: at Providence, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Pennsylvania (5-1): The Quakers outlasted Princeton -- and the elements -- on Saturday for an 11-10 victory that is one of the biggest for Pennsylvania in recent memory. Somehow, despite sleet, snow and a lighting delay, Manhasset, N.Y., grad Drew Belinsky had four points and Brian Feeney made 10 saves.
UP NEXT: at No. 2 Cornell, Saturday, 1 p.m.
No. 7 Princeton (4-2): It was a double-whammy for the Tigers as they came up short at Franklin Field, and their signature victory over Johns Hopkins lost some clout as well. Mike MacDonald had four goals and two assists, and Tom Schreiber went 2-for-2, but it wasn't enough.
UP NEXT: Yale, Friday, 5 p.m.
No. 8 Hofstra (5-1): The Pride avoided the dreaded letdown by going on the road and beating Delaware, 10-5, a week after its upset win at then-No. 2 Notre Dame. Hofstra picked up its first Colonial Athletic Association win thanks to four goals from Adrian Sorichetti and a career-high 14 saves by Chris Selva.
UP NEXT: at St. John's, Tuesday, 3 p.m.
No. 9 Ohio State (5-1): The Buckeyes get back into the top 10 courtesy of an 11-10 road win over Virginia. Ohio State doesn't have much time to celebrate the first signature win of the Nick Myers era, as it gets right back on the bus to face No. 3 Notre Dame.
UP NEXT: at No. 3 Notre Dame, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
No. 10 Loyola (5-2): The champs stayed in the top 10 with a 13-7 win over Air Force in Denver. Mike Sawyer didn't make the trip, but south New Jersey product Nikko Pontrello stepped up with a career-high four goals.
UP NEXT: at Georgetown, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
The rest of the top 20:
No. 11 Johns Hopkins
No. 12 Duke
No. 13 North Carolina
No. 14 Lehigh
No. 15 Virginia
No. 16 Drexel
No. 17 Penn State
No. 18 Bucknell
No. 19 Albany
No. 20 Yale