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Daniel Wilco | NCAA.com | February 13, 2018

Duke stays on top, three enter Top 10 in latest lacrosse rankings

With the new Inside Lacrosse rankings released on Monday, there shouldn’t be much surprise as to who the No. 1 team (still) is.

RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Duke 621 (19) 3-0 1
2 Maryland 595 (9) 1-0 2
3 Denver 558 (1) 1-0 4
4 Albany 544 (3) 0-0 3
5 Yale 531 0-0 5
6 Ohio State 441 2-0 7
7 Syracuse 399 1-0 11
8 Johns Hopkins 382 1-0 13
9 Notre Dame 378 1-0 6
10 Virginia 349 1-0 15
11 Rutgers 339 2-0 8
12 Loyola 270 0-1 10
13 Army 260 1-0 16
14 North Carolina 243 2-0 9
15 Villanova 216 1-0 NR
16 Penn State 170 1-1 12
17 Brown 80 0-0 18
18 Princeton 69 0-0 19
19 Towson 64 0-1 14
20 Marquette 58 0-0 17

It’d be hard to have a much better start to the season than Duke has put together this year.

The Blue Devils won their first three games by 14, 12, and 11, giving them the top offense and scoring margin of teams with more than one game under the belt.

The rest of the Top 5 stayed virtually the same, the lone mix-up coming via Denver leapfrogging Albany for the No. 3 spot.

The Pioneers didn’t disappoint in their first game of the year knocking off Air Force 11-5 in a rematch of last year’s first-round NCAA tournament game. Junior goalie Alex Ready held a shutout through halftime, and finished with nine saves in the win.

Friday, those two freight trains meet head on in Durham, as Duke hosts Denver in one of the most exciting matchups of the early season.

Further down, three new teams cracked the Top 10 this week. Syracuse jumped to No. 7 after an impressive 21-4 win over Binghamton; Johns Hopkins first game of the year was a 14-6 win over No. 14 Towson; and Virginia moved up five spots with a 13-12 double overtime win against No. 10 Loyola.

Villanova cracked the rankings at No. 15 after one of the most thrilling games of the season so far — a 17-16 overtime win over No. 12 Penn State that saw the Wildcats come back from five down in the fourth quarter.

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And North Carolina may have gotten in the win column after its first matchup, but the near-upset by Furman was enough to drop the Tar Heels five spots from No. 9 to No. 14.

Five ranked teams start their seasons this week, highlighted by No. 4 Albany heading to Syracuse on Saturday, and No. 5 Yale taking on Villanova in Frisco at the Patriot Cup.