Maryland replaces Syracuse at No. 1 Both teams unbeaten, but Terps have romped over 4 ranked teams

March 31, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Off to its best start in 11 years, Maryland jumped over Syracuse and into the No. 1 spot in The Sun's Top 15 poll as well as the STX/United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll.

The Terrapins (7-0) are 4-0 against ranked teams, winning by an average margin of nearly six goals. Comparatively, the Orangemen (5-0) have won by just a goal over their two ranked opponents.

On Saturday, Maryland rolled to a 14-9 victory over Virginia, a team that Syracuse needed overtime to defeat earlier this season. That win gave the Terps their first outright Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1989.

"I really don't care if we're ranked No. 1 now," Maryland coach Dick Edell said on Saturday. "I want to be No. 1 when it counts, when you get a trophy for it."

It's the first time that a state school has held the No. 1 ranking since The Sun restarted its poll in 1997.

Defending champion Princeton remains at No. 3 and is followed by Johns Hopkins and Duke to round out the top five.

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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