Colgate, Lehigh Earn Top-10 Rankings in Final Inside Lacrosse Media Poll

Colgate's Jeff Ledwick

May 30, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – A pair of Patriot League men’s lacrosse teams appeared in the top half of the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20 poll, which was released Tuesday following the conclusion of the NCAA National Championship on Monday.

Colgate, which finished its best season in program history at 14-4 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, earned the No. 8 ranking with 244 points. The Raiders earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, their first overall and the League’s first since 2008, after falling to Lehigh in the Patriot League championship game but rebounding with a 13-11 win over Maryland the following week. Colgate won its first NCAA Tournament contest when it went to Amherst, Mass., and defeated unbeaten and sixth-seeded Massachusetts, 13-11, in the first round. Colgate’s season ended at the hands of Duke in the quarterfinals.

Lehigh earned its first Patriot League Tournament title with its 16-14 win over Colgate April 29. The Mountain Hawks set a school record for victories with 14 and earned the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the program’s first appearance in the field. Lehigh hosted unseeded Maryland in the first round and fell 10-9 to the eventual national runners-up on a goal with six seconds remaining. The Mountain Hawks ended the season 14-3 and were ranked ninth in the final media poll with 230 points.

Bucknell was the third League team to appear in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll, although the Bison fell just outside the top 20. Bucknell, which ended its season 9-7 after falling to Colgate in the League semifinals, was one of the teams also receiving votes.

Loyola (Md.), which defeated Maryland 9-3 in Monday’s championship game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, received 380 points and all 19 first-place votes. The Terps were second, followed by national semifinalists Notre Dame in third and Duke in fourth.

Final 2012 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top 20

1. Loyola (Md.) – 380 points (19 first-place votes)
2. Maryland – 359
3. Notre Dame – 341
4. Duke – 326
5. Virginia – 293
6. Denver - 269
7. Johns Hopkins – 258
8. Colgate – 244
9. Lehigh – 230
10. Massachusetts – 215
11. North Carolina – 211
12. Yale – 167
13. Princeton – 149
14. Syracuse – 135
15. Penn State – 110
16. Cornell – 100
17. Fairfield – 72
18. Ohio State – 34
19. Bryant – 27
20. St. John’s – 23

Others Receiving Votes: Villanova, Drexel, Bucknell, Robert Morris, Georgetown, Stony Brook, Canisius