‘Elevated Eleven’ Solidified in Nike / US Lacrosse Division I Males’s Prime 20
Mon Apr 19 2021 | Patrick Stevens | Faculty
PHOTO BY RICH BARNES / SYRACUSE ATHLETICS
Syracuse wound up on the mistaken finish of one other pounding on the Provider Dome on Saturday, a 21-9 masterpiece by North Carolina that left the Orange simply barely above .500 with journeys to Virginia and Notre Dame nonetheless to return.
It was Syracuse’s third loss at dwelling by a margin of no less than seven targets, a startling frequency of misfires within the Provider Dome. And but the Orange dipped only one spot on this week’s rankings.
So, what provides? Name it the Elevated Eleven impact.
The highest 11 is populated by the identical groups which have been there since March 8. There are variations of the order every week, however it’s the identical group — the 5 ACC colleges, plus the highest two from the Huge East (Denver and Georgetown), Huge Ten (Maryland and Rutgers) and Patriot League (Military and Lehigh).
There’s a superb purpose for that. With Lehigh beating Lafayette and Maryland ending a season sweep of Ohio State on Sunday, these 11 groups are a mixed 70-0 towards everybody else.
Maryland and Lehigh? Undefeated.
The ACC? Now 31-1 in non-conference play — Syracuse’s loss to Military the lone exception.
Rutgers? Obtained swept by Maryland however has dealt with the remainder of the Huge Ten.
Denver and Georgetown? They only cut up their season collection, and their solely non-conference defeats got here from Denver’s early February journey to Duke and North Carolina.
Military? Its solely setbacks had been at Virginia and Lehigh.
So, sure, Syracuse hasn’t impressed a lot of late. It additionally owns a victory over Virginia and clobbered present No. 12 Stony Brook 17-9 final month. It doesn’t belong within the high 10 in the intervening time, however it’s earned its place within the Elevated Eleven.
Division I Males’s Prime 20
April 19, 2021
|1||Maryland||9-0||1||4/24 at Johns Hopkins|
|2||Notre Dame||6-1||3||4/22 at No. 3 Duke|
|3||Duke||11-1||4||4/22 vs. No. 2 Notre Dame|
|4||Virginia||10-3||2||4/24 vs. No. 11 Syracuse|
|5||North Carolina||9-2||5||4/25 vs. No. 2 Notre Dame|
|6||Rutgers||7-2||6||4/25 at Michigan|
|7||Lehigh||8-0||8||4/24 vs. Bucknell|
|8||Military||6-2||9||4/24 vs. No. 16 Navy|
|9||Denver||9-3||7||4/24 vs. St. John’s|
|10||Georgetown||9-1||11||4/24 vs. Windfall|
|11||Syracuse||5-4||10||4/24 at No. 4 Virginia|
|12||Stony Brook||8-3||13||4/24 vs. No. 18 UMBC|
|13||Delaware||8-2||14||4/24 at Towson|
|14||Drexel||6-2||17||4/24 vs. No. 17 Hofstra|
|15||Richmond||5-4||19||5/1 vs. Air Drive|
|16||Navy||4-2||NR||4/24 vs. No. 8 Military|
|17||Hofstra||6-4||12||4/24 at No. 14 Drexel|
|18||UMBC||6-2||20||4/24 at No. 12 Stony Brook|
|19||Vermont||5-3||NR||4/24 at Binghamton|
|20||Ohio State||4-5||16||4/24 vs. Penn State|
Additionally thought-about (alphabetical order): Albany (6-3), Massachusetts (3-4), Loyola (5-5), Robert Morris (6-5), Saint Joseph’s (6-3), Towson (6-6), Villanova (5-3)
Say this for the Spiders: They’re the clear-cut favorites in subsequent month’s Southern Convention event.
Whereas Richmond didn’t decide off an ACC group in non-conference play (although its victory over Towson appears to be like higher by the week), it has had its means throughout its league schedule. The Spiders doubled up Jacksonville 14-7 to assert the outright lead within the SoCon and have received their 4 convention video games by a median of 10.75 targets. Dan Chemotti’s bunch has an open date earlier than concluding the common season towards Air Drive.
Certain, the Dragons bought off to a little bit of a gradual begin at Fairfield, trailing by a purpose after the primary quarter. However they scored 9 in a row and 15 out of 16 en path to a 19-7 rout of the Stags. Reid Bowering scored six targets for Drexel, which has rattled off 5 consecutive victories.
The Dragons at the moment are in sole possession of second place within the wacky CAA, and a victory in both of their remaining two video games — towards Hofstra or at Towson — assures them a spot within the convention event.
A double-whammy for the Satisfaction, which dropped a 10-8 midweek resolution at resurgent Towson and adopted up with a 14-13 time beyond regulation loss to Delaware at dwelling.
In some methods, the latter loss would possibly damage extra. Hofstra was up 10-6 going into the fourth quarter, just for the Blue Hens to tear off seven targets in just a little greater than 5 minutes. Hofstra had a spurt of its personal — three targets within the final 49 seconds of regulation — to nudge issues into time beyond regulation earlier than Delaware’s Tye Kurtz deposited the winner 100 seconds into the additional interval.
Ohio State (-3)
The Buckeyes bumped into the Maryland buzzsaw (once more) and fell under .500 (once more) on Sunday. Their report isn’t lengthy on accomplishments (sweeps of Johns Hopkins and Michigan), and in reality, essentially the most spectacular merchandise on their resume is likely to be a one-goal loss at Rutgers earlier this month.
In the end, that’s not going to get Ohio State into the NCAA event. At this level, it’s laborious to think about something lower than the Huge Ten’s automated berth will. The Buckeyes welcome Penn State to the Horseshoe for his or her regular-season finale; the winner will take the No. 3 seed in subsequent month’s Huge Ten event.
Navy (No. 16)
The Midshipmen soar again into the highest 20 after warding off Loyola 14-12 to avenge an April 3 loss to the Greyhounds. Christian Daniel had a game-sealing open-net purpose to go together with 5 assists as Navy used 4 extra-man scores and three pole targets to earn its first street victory towards the Greyhounds since they entered the Patriot League.
That snapped a two-game slide for the Mids and units up a rivalry showdown with Military on Saturday in Annapolis.
Vermont (No. 19)
The Catamounts had been denied an opportunity to comb their seasons collection on Friday due to virus points, however they had been simply on the skin of the highest 20 final week and transfer in on account of happenings elsewhere. Vermont now sits a half-game behind Stony Brook within the America East standings, and its Might 1 recreation towards the Seawolves nonetheless appears to be like prefer it might determine the highest seed within the league.
Loyola (was No. 15)
Recognizing an opponent the primary six targets isn’t the most effective recipe for achievement. But Loyola nonetheless had an opportunity to knock off Navy earlier than the Midshipmen scored straight off a faceoff after which into an open web popping out of a timeout to earn a season cut up.
Loyola (5-5) has dropped three of 4 since its 24-10 pounding of Bucknell on March 20 and is now clearly all the way down to needing a Patriot League event title to make its means into the NCAA event discipline. It visits Lafayette on Saturday in its remaining convention recreation earlier than welcoming Georgetown to Baltimore on Might 1.
UMass (was No. 18)
The Minutemen dropped their third in a row on Saturday, a 9-6 resolution towards Towson, to fall to 3-4. The Tigers jumped to a 9-4 halftime lead, then performed greater than sufficient protection to flee Amherst with a victory and pull even with the Minutemen (and Hofstra) within the Colonial standings.
UMass hasn’t been unhealthy; its 4 losses have come by a mixed six targets. But it surely nonetheless has some work to do to play its means into the CAA event because it closes with journeys to Fairfield and Delaware.