Denver Falls Two locations within the prime 20 of the Nike / US Lacrosse Division I males

Denver Falls Two places in the top 20 of the Nike / US Lacrosse Division I men

PHOTO BY NATALIE LeDONNE / DUKE Nahrungsmittel

Michael Sowers contributed one goal and six assists on Duke’s 2-0 opening weekend.

There’s a big absence from the first rankings update of the year, and it’s a team that didn’t even play last weekend.

Or every weekend this season, apparently.

With a majority of Yale’s squad not enrolled this semester to win a year under the rules of the Ivy League, the Bulldogs will not be participating in the 2021 season, according to multiple reports. And that explains why Yale, who won the national title in 2018, was runner-up in the NCAA tournament the following year and was preseason # 8 that season, no longer on the rankings.

While the fate of all Ivy League competitions this spring is still unclear, Cornell and Penn will – for now at least – stay in the leaderboard. Cornell and Penn sources told US Lacrosse Magazine that programs are still focused on preparing for the spring season.

At the moment, Yale is the notable exclusion from this weekly exercise.

Nike / US Lacrosse
Division I Men Top 20

February 8, 2021

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1 duke 2-0 1 2/13 against Mercer
2 Syracuse 0-0 2 2/21 against No. 14 Army
3 Maryland 0-0 3 2/20 against Michigan
4th Penn State 0-0 4th 2/20 at No. 18 Rutgers
5 Virginia 1-0 5 2/20 at No. 12 Loyola
6 North Carolina 1-0 6 2/13 against Jacksonville
7th Cornell 0-0 9 TBA
8th Our lady 0-0 10 TBA
9 Denver 1-2 7th 2/13 against the Air Force
10 Georgetown 0-0 11 TBA
11 Ohio State 0-0 12 2/20 at No. 19 Johns Hopkins
12 Loyola 0-0 13 2/13 at No. 16 Richmond
13 UMass 0-0 14th 2/27 in Boston U.
14th army 0-0 fifteen 2/21 at No. 2 Syracuse
fifteen Lehigh 0-0 16 2/27 at NJIT
16 Richmond 0-0 17th 2/13 vs. No. 12 Loyola
17th Penn 0-0 18th TBA
18th Rutgers 0-0 19th 2/20 against No. 4 Penn State
19th Johns Hopkins 0-0 20th 2/20 against No. 11 Ohio State
20th Villanova 0-0 NO 2/13 in Delaware
Also taken into account (alphabetical order): Albany (0-0), Brown (0-0), Bucknell (0-0), Hofstra (0-0), Navy (0-0), Providence (0-0), Robert Morris (0-1)

Nike / US Lacrosse ranking
Division I men | Division I women
Division II men | Division II women
Division III men | Division III women

HOT

North Carolina (no change)

Three of the teams over the tar heels are not going to open the season for a couple of weekends and the other two have won, so it’s hard to justify moving that early. Make no mistake though: North Carolina looked more than like a title contender in Denver’s 24-13 loss on Sunday.

Chris Gray had six goals and an assist for the tar heels, who took the lead at halftime (14-3), three quarters (21-6) and at the end of the game at Kenan Stadium. North Carolina had six multi-goal goalscorers, ten players found the net and an eleven save attempt from freshman Collin Krieg on his college debut.

The defense and especially the game in the middle of the field have been impressive in the first three quarters, but the offensive will get the most attention. Given that it’s the most goals ever scored by a team coached by Bill Tierney, it broke the mark Cornell set with a 21-5 win over Princeton in 1988, Tierney’s first season with the Tigers has – that is understandable.

Virginia (no change)

The Cavaliers, another non-moving team that still had some good moments at the start, dominated the middle two quarters of a 20:11 loss to Towson.

Payton Cormier had six goals, the announced Redshirt newcomer Connor Shellenberger had four goals and three assists on his debut and Merrimack transfer Charlie Bertrand provided four goals and two assists for the Cavaliers.

Missing out on this brief recap are established stars Matt Moore (not played), Dox Aitken (a shot in a spare role) and Ian Laviano (0-4). Everything will be heard shortly. The Cavaliers may not have added as many transfers as some of the other top programs in Division I, but they were amply loaded initially.

NOT

Denver (-2)

How much should the pioneers be punished for playing a competitive game at Duke and then running out of tank less than 48 hours later against a sharp bunch from North Carolina? Not too much to be honest.

It’s fairer to focus on the first game of the Denver Research Triangle trip when it took a 6-1 lead before Duke finally scored a 12-10 triumph in the first high-profile game of the season.

The 24:13 defeat in Carolina also counts, but it is hardly time to press the panic button on Pios. You have work to do – who doesn’t in early February? – but a little more time to establish cohesion with some new pieces, combined with not handling such a brutal planning sequence, will help.

UMass (+1)

How does a team rise in the ranking and still end up on the “Not” list? Colonial Athletic Association favorites got the worst news of the weekend: the entire Minutemen sports division began a two-week hiatus on Sunday as pandemic infection rates rose on campus in Amherst, Massachusetts.

This means that a UMass team will train or play in the last week of February at the earliest. For Greg Cannella’s program, games against Army and UMass Lowell will be suspended.

IN THE

Villanova

If the Wildcats climb into the top 20, then one of the many things the sport will miss this season is worth mentioning: the full year result (or two), which reminds everyone of how capable Villanova is of beating anyone at any given time .

The Wildcats have defeated at least one of Penn State (2010-11, 2014-16, 2018), Syracuse (2012-13), Maryland (2017, 2020), and Yale (2018-19) each season since 2010. Yes, there is a bit of statistical manipulation as some of these Penn State teams have been unremarkable. But there were also two eventual NCAA champions (2017 Maryland and 2019 Yale) and a national runner-up (2013 Syracuse) among Villanova’s victims over the past decade.

The only planned non-conference games of the Wildcats are against Delaware and Lehigh. With Yale out of season and the Big Ten only playing in the league, the options aren’t the same as usual. Still, Villanova numbers can be heard in a largely competitive Big East.

OUT

Yale (formerly # 8)

The season was over before it began for Yale, who will join Hampton as the Division I team on the sidelines in 2021. Andy Shay’s program won’t be the same “what if” program it did a year ago when things stopped a month later this season, and those like Jackson Morrill and TD Ierlan may have led the Bulldogs to a third straight appearance on Memorial Day . Given the sheer number of players reportedly not enrolled in classes this spring, Yale could effectively postpone its 2021 season by a year.

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