Maryland returns to top five of latest RPI list

April 22, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

After losing to Johns Hopkins on April 13 and falling four spots to No. 8 in terms of RPI, Maryland returned to the top five after Saturday’s 8-7 decision over Yale, moving to No. 3 in the latest Rating Percentage Index list – also known as RPI – released by the NCAA Monday evening.

The Terps were rewarded for their narrow victory over the Bulldogs (8-4), who are ranked No. 11 in RPI. Maryland added that top 20 win to previous triumphs over opponents ranked in the top 10 in RPI (No. 7 Duke and No. 9 Loyola).

Speaking of Loyola, the reigning nation champion gained a little ground by routing Hobart, 19-11, last Saturday and moving from No. 10 to No. 9. Although the Greyhounds (10-3) have just one top 20 RPI victory (No. 12 Ohio State), they could add a little shine to their tournament resume by defeating Johns Hopkins this Saturday.

The Blue Jays (8-4) remained at No. 16 after thumping Navy, 15-4, last Sunday. Johns Hopkins has the win against the Terps, but could use a triumph over Loyola.

Denver (10-3) remained atop the RPI list for the third consecutive week, and Notre Dame (10-2) at No. 2, Maryland, North Carolina (10-3) at No. 4 and Cornell (11-2) at No. 5 make up the rest of the top five.

Penn State (10-3), Duke (11-4), Bucknell (11-3), Loyola and Syracuse (10-3) round out the top 10.

Towson slipped from No. 28 to No. 29 after absorbing a 14-11 loss to Drexel (10-3) last Saturday. It was a good news/bad news day for the Tigers, who saw their win against Hofstra (7-6) devalue a bit with the Pride dropping to No. 24 from No. 22 but their victory over Massachusetts (6-7) got stronger with the Minutemen moving to No. 19 from No. 21.

UMBC (5-7) leapfrogged six spots from No. 46 to No. 40 despite a 16-10 loss to Albany (10-3). The Retrivers must qualify for the America East tournament and win the championship to earn the automatic qualified to the NCAA tournament.

Mount St. Mary’s (5-9) upended Northeast Conference leader Bryant, 10-9, and moved to No. 46 from No. 49, and Navy (3-10) finished its season at No. 50.

The RPI, a rating that accounts for record and strength of schedule in that stronger opponents yield higher RPIs, is one tool that the NCAA selection committee will evaluate prior to finalizing the field for the NCAA Tournament. The 16-team bracket will be unveiled on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m.

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