Once again, 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. Duke Blue Devils (10-1)
The Blue Devils went into Charlottesville and defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 16-14, extending their regular-season winning streak against their ACC foes. Brennan O’Neill (6G/3A) put up nine points to lead the way for a Duke offense that saw six different goal-scorers. Kenny Brower held Connor Shellenberger to one assist when on the field, headlining a strong defensive performance from the Blue Devils.
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-1)
The Irish exploded last to defeat Syracuse 20-12 in the Dome. Pat Kavanagh (2G/3A) and Eric Dobson (3G/2A) led the way for the Irish. Will Lynch went 70% at the faceoff dot.
3. Virginia Cavaliers (7-2)
Once again, Virginia fell to Duke in a regular season contest. Payton Cormier (6G) and Xander Dickson (4G) led the way for an offense that saw its leader in Connor Shellenberger held without a goal.
4. Cornell Big Red (7-1)
Cornell blasted Dartmouth 22-11 in a game where CJ Kirst had five goals and one assist.
5. Maryland Terrapins (6-3)
For the first time in program history, the Maryland Terrapins were beaten by the Michigan Wolverines, 16-11. Maryland’s Luke Wierman has trouble at the dot, its defense was unable to stop the Michigan offense, and its own offense seemed to struggle to create when they needed most.
6. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (9-3)
Johns Hopkins once again pulled away late in a game as they defeated the Rutgers 16-12 for what was the Blue Jaus fifth straight win.
7. Army West Point (8-1)
Army dominated the second half in a 12-7 win over Bucknell in which Will Colletti went 78% at the dot while also having a goal and an assist.
8. Penn State Nittany Lions (6-3)
Penn State surged past Ohio State on Sunday afternoon in a game that saw 10 Nittany Lions score goals. Matt and Jack Traynor, as well as Mac Costin, all netted hat tricks.
9. Georgetown Hoyas (5-3)
Will Bowen caused five turnovers and grabbed three ground balls to lead the Hoyas out in front. Michael Scharfenberger made eight saves. Those two helped pace a fantastic defensive effort in Georgetown’s 13-6 win over Denver
10. North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3)
North Carolina had a bye week. They return to action on Good Friday against Virginia.
11. Villanova Wildcats (8-2)
The Wildcats were upset by Brown 13-11 on Monday but bounced back with an 18-8 win over St. John’s in its Big East opener.
12. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-3)
Rutgers fell victim to a late-game run from Johns Hopkins as they fell 16-12 to the Blue Jays. As such, Rutgers drops to 0-2 in Big Ten play.
13. Princeton Tigers (4-4)
Coulter Mackesy had six points off three goals and three assist to lead Princeton past Brown 16-12 as the Tigers move to 2-1 in Ivy League play.
14. Loyola Greyhounds (6-3)
Loyola got back in the win column with a 15-8 win over Holy Cross where Adam Poitras (3G/2A) had five points.
15. Michigan Wolverines (5-4)
The Wolverines beat the Maryland Terrapins 16-11 to earn what is the biggest win in program history. Josh Zawada (3G/4A) and Michael Boehm (4G/2A) combined for 13 points on the day to lead the Michigan offense.
16. Penn Quakers (4-4)
Ben Smith (4G/1A) had five points and Tynan Walsh had four goals, including the game-winner, to help Penn edge past Yale in a late-game comeback.
17. Jacksonville Dolphins (8-2)
Jacksonville beat Cleveland State on Wednesday 14-12 before being upset 18-15 on Friday by Utah in a game where they were unable to comeback.
18. Delaware Blue Hens (7-3)
Delaware blew our Hampton 19-1.
19. Utah Utes (5-4)
Utah upset Jacksonville 18-15 on Friday night and defeated Air Force 18-11 on Wednesday.
20. Bryant Bulldogs (7-2)
Bryant defeated NJIT 16-8 on Saturday for the Bulldogs’ fourth win in a row.
Others Considered: Saint Joseph’s, Ohio State, Yale, Denver, Boston U.