Johns Hopkins returns to top 20; Marland unanimously holds on to No. 1
The Maryland Terrapins were a consensus No. 1 for a fifth week in a row, while the Florida Gators earned all 20 No. 2 votes to give the poll a clear 1-2 in the 10th week of the rankings in 2013. The ACC and the Big East each claimed five schools in the list, giving these two conferences combined half of the top 20. The ALC had four schools with Johns Hopkins’ return to the poll; the Ivy League is the only other conference with multiple institutions as the Ancient 8 has two schools in the poll.
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The ACC, led by top-ranked Maryland, continued to have three schools in the top-10 with North Carolina holding at No. 3 and Duke remaining at No. 7. Virginia jumped to No. 13 while Boston College rose to No. 19.
The Big East also had three schools in the top nine, with Syracuse at No. 5 and Georgetown rising to a season-high No. 6. Notre Dame remained in the top 10 at No. 9, while Loyola (Md.) remained at No. 12 and Connecticut moved to No. 18.
The ALC’s Florida was a consensus No. 2, while Northwestern remained at No. 4. Penn State stayed in the top 10, moving to No. 8 while Johns Hopkins returned to the rankings, coming in at No. 20.
Princeton from the Ivy League moved up to No. 15, just edging conference rival Penn, which is at No. 16.
Four other conferences each claimed one school in the rankings, starting with the America East, which is represented by Stony Brook at No. 10.
Denver from the MPSF started off the second half of the poll, remaining at No. 11. Atlantic-10 champion Massachusetts moved to No. 14 while Patriot League champion Navy slipped to No. 17.
Six conference tournaments take place this week, including the Big East at which all four teams are ranked. On Thursday, No. 6 Georgetown hosts No. 12 Loyola and No. 5 Syracuse takes on No. 18 Connecticut at Georgetown. All four ranked ALC schools are in competition starting Thursday, with No. 8 Penn State facing Vanderbilt and No. 20 Johns Hopkins taking on Ohio State. Florida faces the Johns Hopkins/Ohio State winner on Friday while No. 4 Northwestern will draw against the Penn State/Vanderbilt winner on the same day. No. 16 Penn hosts the Ivy League tournament; the No. 16 Quakers host Cornell and the No. 15 Princeton Tigers face Dartmouth on Friday. Stony Brook will host the America East championships.