Mids Stand Ninth in Both Lacrosse Polls
Feb. 16, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Following its hard-fought 8-6 victory over 19th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, the Navy men's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 on the year and stands ninth in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Navy has been among the national rankings for 80 consecutive weeks, last dropping out of the polls following its 12-9 loss against Ohio State in 2004. Ironically, that season ended up being one of the most memorable in Academy history, as the Mids beat Penn, Cornell and Princeton to earn a date with Syracuse in the National Championship game.
Speaking of the 2004 campaign, it is the last time the Mids split their first two games of the season. Since then, Navy has jumped out to a 2-0 start in now five straight years.
Not only did the Midshipmen hold their ground in the Nike / Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week, nearly the entire field remained the same. The top 14 teams retained their ranking from a week ago with the final six spots posing as musical chairs. Meanwhile, the Mids made the move from 12th to a three-way tie (UMBC and Georgetown) for ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll following Saturday's win over the Buckeyes. UMBC handled Delaware easily over the weekend, while the Hoyas will open their season on Saturday against No. 3 Maryland in College Park.
The two polls differ ever so slightly, however both have Syracuse, Virginia and Maryland among their top three. The reigning National Champion Syracuse Orange took the No. 1 spot in the coaches poll for a second consecutive week, while Virginia was the vote-getter in the media poll.
Heading into this weekend, seven of Navy's 13 regular-season foes are ranked among the USILA Coaches Poll, while an eighth, Ohio State, is receiving votes. Meanwhile, four of the seven are among this week's top 10, including sixth-ranked North Carolina, who Navy will face this weekend in Chapel Hill. In addition, the Mids will battle top-10 programs Maryland (3), Johns Hopkins (4), and Georgetown (T9). Patriot League foes Colgate (15), Army (18) and Bucknell (19) are among the top 20. Army joined this week's rankings following a 17-3 rout over VMI, while Ohio State dropped out of the top 20.
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Friday evening (7:30 pm) when they face a talented North Carolina program in Chapel Hill. Because of a scheduling conflict, the two teams did not meet in their annual regular-season battle, however, Navy dealt the fourth-seeded Tar Heels an 8-7 loss in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, eliminating Carolina. Navy owns a narrow 12-11 series advantage, including five straight regular-season wins over the Tar Heels.
The game will not be carried on the radio, however, fans can follow the game via Gametracker on both schools' web sites.