Syracuse jumps into top three following shutout victories
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Following its 1-0 overtime victory against then-No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday, Syracuse (3-0) has climbed to a No. 2 ranking in this week's NFHCA poll.
After ranking No. 7 in the preseason poll, Syracuse won its opener at Monmouth 8-1 and shutout Ohio 6-0 and North Carolina 1-0 with a goal scored in overtime. The Orange's win over the Tar Heels is their highest win over a ranked opponent in four years. It was also the first time the Tar Heels had been shutout since 2009.
The Orange has now been ranked in the top 10 of the NFHCA poll for 44 consecutive weeks, dating back to Aug. 28, 2008. Last season, SU debuted at No. 5 in the poll and held that position for nine of 11 weeks before finishing the season ranked No. 3 in the final poll.
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There were several shake-ups in the top 10 between the 2012 preseason poll and Tuesday's poll as eight different teams received first-place votes. While Syracuse climbed from No. 7 to No. 2 with 671 points and received seven first-place votes, North Carolina (3-1), actually climbed from No. 2 to No. 1, receiving 697 points and eight first-place votes.
Defending champ Maryland (3-1) fell from No. 1 to No. 3 (six first-place votes), while Princeton (2-0) stayed at No. 4 despite garnering the most first-place votes (10).
The last time the Orange ranked No. 2 or better was when it reached No. 1 for the first time in program history on Oct. 14, 2008. It ranked No. 2 for the three weeks prior to that poll.