St. John's suffered the same fate as Hofstra and Bucknell, enjoying an upset win only to get knocked off when Georgetown stunned the Red Storm at Bethpage High School in overtime. Nationally, the big story is the tournament hopes of perennial powers Johns Hopkins and Virginia, now on life support heading into the final month of the season. Here is how I voted this week.
1. Maryland (8-1): The Terps were given a scare on Friday night from Navy, but were able to avoid the upset thanks to major contributions from a pair of St. Anthony graduates. Mike Channenchuk had two goals and two assists and Charlie Raffa won 14 of 21 face-offs in the 11-8 win.
Up next: Johns Hopkins, Saturday
2. Cornell (10-1): New York City native Max Van Bourgondien scored the last three goals of the game as Cornell escaped from Harvard with a 14-12 victory. Steve Mock had six goals and Rob Pannell had five points.
Up next: Syracuse, Wednesday
3. Notre Dame (8-2): The Irish had no problem with a two-game week as their schedule lightened up a bit. Notre Dame took care of Marquette, 17-5, and then Holy Trinity product Sean Rogers delivered four goals and one assist in a 13-8 win at Providence.
Up next: Georgetown, Sunday
4. Denver (9-2): The Pioneers' spot in the top 10 seemed tenuous on Sunday with Bellarmine holding a 9-8 lead with three minutes left in regulation, but Cam Flint's fourth goal saved the day for Denver, forcing overtime. Eric Law came through with the game-winner in the second overtime.
Up next: Loyola, Saturday
5. UNC (8-3): Earlier this year Joe Breschi said that freshman goalie Kieran Burke had a chance to be one of the best in Tar Heels history. The Long Island native lived up to that billing on Saturday in Charlottesville. He made a career-high 23 saves against Virginia helping North Carolina pick up its fifth straight win, 10-7.
Up next: at Hofstra
6. Duke (9-4): The Blue Devils extended the nation's longest winning streak to seven with a 17-6 win over High Point. Former Darien Blue Wave star Case Matheis continues to impress in his rookie campaign. He had two goals and three assists.
Up next: Virginia, Friday
7. Syracuse (7-2): The Orange won the game of the weekend, rallying from two down with less than seven minutes to play, knocking off Princeton, 13-12. It was a coming-out-party for Henry Schoonmaker as his career high fourth goal of a game tied it at 12. Yorktown's Jo Jo Marasco went to the cage for the game winner.
Up next: Cornell, Wednesday
8. Loyola (9-2): Somebody must have whispered to Scott Ratliff that Maryland's Jesse Bernhardt scored two goals on national TV against Virginia and was crowned the best long stick midfielder in the country, because Ratliff put on a performance for the ages in the 13-7 win over Fairfield. The Georgia native scored four goals, caused four turnovers and picked up three ground balls against the Stags. We find out if the champs are indeed back Saturday.
Up next: Denver, Saturday
9. Princeton (6-3): Six goals combined from Jeff and Jake Froccaro weren't enough as the Tigers let a resume-enhancing victory get away against Syracuse.
Up next: Rutgers, Tuesday
10. Penn State (8-3): The Nittany Lions sent a message, improving to 3-0 in league play with a surprisingly easy 13-6 win over Drexel. Attackmen Jack Forster and TJ Sanders each had four goals. Austin Kaut stopped 13 shots.
Up next: Towson, Saturday
11. Bucknell, 12. Hopkins, 13. St. John's, 14. Yale, 15. Albany, 16. Penn, 17. Lehigh, 18. Ohio State, 19. Drexel, 20. UVA