Remaining undefeated in Division I has a way of reconfirming initial thoughts, which is why Loyola – the recently anointed No. 1 team in The Sun’s rankings – is still the top team in the nation in RPI (ratings percentage index).
In the second list released by the NCAA Monday evening, the Greyhounds (12-0) are first in RPI, which uses a formula of compiling a team’s winning percentage, that squad’s opponents’ winning percentage and the team’s opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage.
No. 4 Duke (13-3) ranks second in RPI (a jump of three spots), No. 3 Notre Dame (10-1) is third (a jump of three), No. 2 Massachusetts (12-0) is fourth (a jump of one) and No. 8 Maryland (7-4) is fifth (a drop of one).
No. 6 Virginia (10-3), No. 5 North Carolina (10-5), No. 13 Johns Hopkins (9-3), No. 12 Lehigh (12-2) and No. 10 Colgate (11-2) round out the top 10.
Locally, Navy (6-6) ranks 21st (a jump of eight spots), Towson (7-6) 26th (a drop of seven), UMBC (5-6) 29th (a drop of two) and Mount St. Mary’s (4-7) 46th (a drop of one).