Another week. Another shakeup in the top-tier.
While I don’t have an official vote, here is a look at my own personal top 20 after week seven of the 2023 season.
1. Virginia Cavaliers (7-1)
The Cavaliers went into South Bend and beat Notre Dame 15-10 in a game where Petey LaSalla dominated the dot, Xander Dickson stepped up big for six goals, and Matthew Nunes’ 14 saves anchored an incredible defensive effort. For beating No. 1, I feel like Virginia has to be put back atop the rest.
2. Maryland Terrapins (6-2)
Maryland opened up Big Ten play with a 13-10 win at home against the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday evening. And they did so in a contest that saw its top two SSDMs really shine. Dante Trader, Jr., had two goals, caused two caused turnovers, and grabbed a ground balls. Jack McDonald grabbed five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-1)
Notre Dame suffered its first loss of the season over the weekend as they fell to Virginia. In the loss, Pat Kavanagh led the Irish with four points off two goals and two assists while Brian Teviln had two assists. Jake Taylor, who made his first start of the season, had two goals, as well as Chris Kavanagh.
4. Duke Blue Devils (9-1)
The Blue Devils won their seventh consecutive game on Saturday with a 12-9 defeat of Saint Joseph’s. Duke’s defense held Levi Anderson and Matt Bohmer without a goal in what was its best performance of the season.
5.Cornell Big Red (6-1)
CJ Kirst scored seven goals to lead Cornell past Penn 18-12 on Sunday afternoon.
6. Army West Point Black Knights (7-1)
Army has now won seven in a row after beating Loyola 10-5 on Saturday. That win saw the Black Knights’ have arguably its best defensive performance as AJ Pilate held Loyola’s Davis Lindsey to just one goal while Knox Dent made seven saves before leaving the game due to injury late in the third quarter. Matt Chess came in and made three saves and allowed one goal in the final 21:37.
7. Villanova Wildcats (7-1)
Villanova blasted Navy 17-6 on Tuesday to earn its sixth consecutive win.
8. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (8-3)
Johns Hopkins outscored Michigan 5-2 in the final frame to pull away in a 15-11 win. Garrett Degnon had five goals whole Russell Melendez had four goals and three assists for seven points.
9. Jacksonville Dolphins (7-1)
Jacksonville escaped Mercer in an 18-15 decision. Dylan Watson (4G/1A) and Marshall McGuire (3G/2A) scored each of the final three goals to ensure the win.
10. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-2)
The Scarlet Knights lost their Big Ten opener 11-9 to Ohio State in a Sunday night contest where Ross Scott was held off the scoreboard.
11. North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3)
North Carolina blew out Providence 25-8 in its final non-conference game.
12. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-3)
Penn State fell to Maryland 13-10 in its Big Ten opener. The Nittany Lions struggled at the faceoff dot and saw eight of their 11 turnovers caused by the opposition.
13. Boston U. Terriers (7-1)
Boston U. got by Lafayette 12-10 on Saturday in a game where Timmy Ley (2G/1A) became the program’s leading career point-getter (195).
14. Georgetown Hoyas (4-3)
Tucker Dordevic had six goals and one assist to lead Georgetown past Lehigh 17-15. The Hoyas also held the Mountain Hawks to a 71% success rate in the clearing game.
15. Penn Quakers (3-4)
Penn fell to Cornell 18-12 on Sunday afternoon, dropping to 1-1 in Ivy League play. Sam Handley had three goals and one assist in the win.
16. Denver Pioneers (4-3)
Denver had a bye week. They will face Georgetown next in its Big East opener,
17. Princeton Tigers (3-4)
The Tigers exploded in a 23-10 win over Yale where Coulter Mackesy had 10 points off eight goals and two assists.
18. Loyola Greyhounds (5-3)
Loyola fell to Army 10-5 in a game where its offense struggled to produce, its defense was unable to shut down the Black Knights, and its faceoff woes continued.
19. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-4)
Ohio State earned a big and much-needed win on Sunday night, beating Rutgers 11-9. Bobby Van Buren held Rutgers’ Ross Scott of the board and Skylar Wahlund made 17 saves to anchor that defensive effort.
20. Marquette Golden Eagles (5-3)
Marquette beat St. Bonaventure 9-5 in a game where Bobby O’Grady had four goals.
Others Considered: Saint Josephs Hawks, Dartmouth Big Green, Yale Bulldogs