Latest poll has Towson coach hopeful

May 06, 1991|By Mike Preston

Towson State University lacrosse coach Carl Runk was a little disappointed at first yesterday, but minutes later he breathed a sigh of relief.

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its poll yesterday, one that serves as a barometer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I 12-team tournament, and the Tigers (8-3) were ranked No. 10. Towson was No. 9 before its 12-9 loss Saturday night to Johns Hopkins (7-3), which climbed from seventh to fourth. The selection committee will choose the field Sunday, and the Midwest region still gets an automatic at-large bid.

Even though his team remains in contention with only an averag Delaware team left to play, Runk saw his team move behind Massachusetts (8-3), which lost to Syracuse, 13-9, Saturday.

"I don't understand that one," said Runk, "but you never know how this selection committee sees things. Last year we were ranked seventh and played a pretty good game against Johns Hopkins. We lost, moved out of the rankings and didn't get to the playoffs.

"I'm glad to stay in the top 10 because with the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th teams, you're really just drawing straws. There's not that much that is going to separate those four teams. I think the top four teams are the ones who should really get the strong consideration. At least, though, we're on the minds of the selection committee."

If the selection committee had voted yesterday, North Carolin (12-0), Brown (13-0), Princeton (11-2) and Johns Hopkins would get the first-round byes.

Maryland (8-4), ranked No. 3 last week, pretty much lost its chance for the automatic bye when it was upset by University of Maryland Baltimore County, 15-13, Saturday. The Terps dropped No. 7, and they could play host to Towson State in a first-round game. Maryland beat Towson, 17-16, earlier this season, but the Tigers were without two starters.

"There's a lot of parity in this game right now," said Runk. "Th UMBC victory over Maryland is an example. If a team doesn't shoot well, and the other team has a hot goalkeeper, then anybody can win.

"North Carolina and Brown are undefeated, and both deserve to be up there in the rankings," said Runk. "I think Syracuse and Johns Hopkins are two teams that are playing very well right now. Princeton is a good team, but they're riding that early-season win over Johns Hopkins."

Of the top 10 teams, only the Atlantic Coast Conference school -- Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina -- and Johns Hopkins play a schedule comparable to or tougher than Towson.

USILA Division I poll

The top 20 teams in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I poll, as selected by head coaches, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Saturday and total points:

No. School.... .... ... Record.... .... Pts.

1. North Carolina (12).. 12-0..... .... 240

2. Brown.. .. .. .. .... 13-0.. .. .... 224

2. Princeton... .. .. .. 11-2.. ... ... 207

4. Johns Hopkins.. .. ... 8-3.. ... ... 195

5. Virginia.. .. ... ... 10-3.. .. .... 194

6. Syracuse.. .. ... .... 9-2... .. ... 190

7. Maryland.. .. ... .... 8-4... ... .. 170

8. Loyola... .. .. ... .. 7-3.. .. ... 160

9. Massachusetts.. .. ... 9-3... .. ... 131

Towson State.. .. ... 8-3.. ... ... 128

11. Rutgers.. .. .. ..... 7-5.. .. .... 123

12. Duke.. .. .. .. ... . 7-5.. .. .... 110

13. Army.. .. .. .. .. .. 10-4.. .. ... 85

14. Penn State.. .. ..... 9-4.. .. .... 83

15. Cornell.. .. .. .. .. 8-5.. .. .... 61

16. Hofstra.. .. .. .. ... 7-6... ... .. 54

17. Navy.. .. .. .. .. ... 5-6.. .. .... 47

18. Adelphi.. .. .... .... 6-4.. .. .... 26

19. Yale... .. .. .. .. .. 8-7.. ... ... 26

20. Pennsylvania.. .. .. ..6-6.. ... ... 21

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