After dismantling a Fairfield team 17-4, after a grueling weekend filled with ACC Tournament action, the Terps are still considered the 3rd best team in the country. At 10-3, Maryland just earned its 8th straight season winning at least 10 games.
In the Nike Division 1 Top 20 Poll, UMD was 30 points behind #1 Virginia, who picked up 14 of the possible 16 first place votes. The second to last poll had the same Top-5 as last week, with UNC and Duke rounding out the creme de la creme with Syracuse still #2 in the country.
The top 5 teams were the same in the USILA Dvision 1 Coaches Poll, although UVA only got 4 of the possible 7 first place votes. The other 3 went to the Orange...which are separated from the #1 overall spot by a single point.
Army joined the rankings after winning the Patriot League Championship, beating their arch-rival, Navy. Denver upset former #6 Loyola in the ECAC Championship over the weekend to cap a perfect conference record. They are just the second team in history to win their conference tournament, thus receiving the automatic qualifying bid, in their first season. The other team to accomplish that feat was Georgetown in 2001.
Cornell, Stony Brook, Princeton, Loyola, and Hofstra are in the top 10 for Nike's Poll. Stony Brook, Cornell, Princeton, and Drexel fill out the top 10 in the Coaches Poll.
Georgetown is ranked #14 in both polls as they continue to fight for a NCAA Tournament bid.
Maryland finishes out their regular season at Colgate on Saturday. If they win that game, they should be able to avoid the #4 overall seed...and a potential second-round match-up with Duke. Go Terps!
In an unrelated story, wmucsports.com sends out its condolences to the friends and family of UVA women's lacrosse player, 22-year old Yeardley Love. In an article from the Charlottesville Daily Progress, her body showed physical trauma and fellow UVA athlete, 22-year old George Huguely, is being charged with first-degree murder. On the field, Huguely has played in every game for the Cavaliers this season, a member of their second-midfield. Love has started 9 games as a junior and 3 games this season on defense.