Navy Men's Lax Slips to No. 12
Feb. 24, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. -- After dropping a tough 9-8 decision to then sixth-ranked North Carolina last Friday, the Navy men's lacrosse team has slipped from No. 9 to No. 12 in this week's installment of the USILA Coaches Poll. Meanwhile, Navy shifted down just one spot in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, from No. 9 to No. 10, as it heads into the opening week of Patriot League play.
There was a fair amount of movement in the polls this week after Georgetown handed then third-ranked Maryland a 13-10 loss in College Park on Saturday, followed by a 9-6 victory on the part of unranked Harvard at Duke.
Top vote-getters Syracuse and Virginia held ground in each of the polls as the Orange retained the No. 1 spot on the coaches poll following a 17-6 rout over Army. Meanwhile the Cavaliers improved to 3-0 and stand No. 1 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. North Carolina, Cornell and Georgetown round out the top five in the coaches poll, while the media pushed forward Johns Hopkins and North Carolina, while moving Georgetown from the No. 8 spot to the No. 5 position.
Heading into this weekend, six of Navy's 13 regular-season foes are ranked among the USILA Coaches Poll, while an additional two, Bucknell and Army, are receiving votes. Meanwhile, four of the seven are among this week's top 11, including North Carolina, who moved into the No. 3 slot following its one-goal win over the Mids in Chapel Hill last Friday. In addition, the Mids will battle top-10 programs Georgetown (5), Johns Hopkins (6), and Maryland (11) . Colgate is the only other Patriot League team currently among the top 20, sliding in at No. 17, however Bucknell and Army have been ranked this season but tumbled out of the rankings after each dropping contests over the weekend.
Navy has been among the national rankings for 81 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.
The Midshipmen will be back in action on Saturday afternoon (1:00 pm) when they face a talented Bucknell program in Lewisburg, Pa. While Navy owns a 5-2 series advantage over the Bison, several of the games have been tight, including last year's 4-3 overtime win by the Mids in Annapolis. Navy has won three in a row, last losing to Bucknell in 2005 in an 8-7 overtime decision in Lewisburg.
Saturday's game will not be carried on local radio, however, fans can follow the game via Gametracker on both schools' web sites. Additionally, Bucknell will provide a webcast (paid subscription) of the game via its internet site at www.BucknellBison.com(.)