ND crushed syracuse because they were +21 in possession category
largely driven by their complete domination at the FO X but also cuse had something like 6-7 failed clears. This has been the story with cuse (except against us which I'll get to in a minute). Army suffered the same fait this weekend loosing to Lehigh by 1 goal in overtime but they also couldn't win a face-off against Lehigh. Yet when they played cuse if was 13-18 at the X and they hammered cuse in similar fashion to ND. Amazingly the stats in our game were 22-11 in favor of Cuse largely, I believe, because the cuse FO guy was twitching his hands and Petey was going and behind called for going earlyif you watched the SYR-Duke game you could see they guy doing it again but the refs called him and SYR was quickly with 3 violations with almost the entire 2nd quarter to play. I am not sure rankings matter at this point and its tough to play the we beat them and then they beat or lost to so and so game, but based solely on watching a lot of lacrosse I would say the following:
Duke and Maryland are 1
North Carolina is 1a
ND and Virginia next
I need to see Denver play at top 10 team now that they have TD to squeeze them into the group with ND & Virginia and I would say the same thing about Rutgers except someone besides Maryland. Syracuse probably has the talent to be in this group but not if they get hammered at the FO X which may be the toughest fix for any team.
Lehigh, Army and Georgetown may represent the next group but I am not sure those team are significantly better than Richmond, perhaps 1-2 goals better at best. Maybe on the right day a OSU and Loyola can also mix it up in this group but beyond that I don't really see it.
While UVA has been sloppy and played some ugly lacrosse to the point of making games against HP and ROMO, the level of talent and athleticism on the field for UVA (and the others in the ACC for that matter) compared to many of these other programs is pretty remarkable. Watching the Hopkins Michigan game yesterday is clear evidence of this fact.