Tanner’s Top 20: Week 10

Have things settled with just two weeks left in the regular season? Perhaps so. Perhaps not. But it sure feels like we may final have some clarity at many spots during what has been a wild season.

While I don’t have an official vote, here is a look at my own personal top 20 after week 10 of the 2023 season.

Let’s Go!

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-1)

Notre Dame had a bye week last week. They play North Carolina this weekend.

2. Duke Blue Devils (11-2)

Yep, Duke did it again. While it ultimately came down to multiple big saves from William Helm late, Duke topped Virginia for the second time this season in a 15-14 victory. The Blue Devils’ early explosion that pulled them ahead 10-4 was paced, in part, by a 73% day at the dot from Jake Naso.

3. Maryland Terrapins (7-3)

Maryland beat Rutgers 11-8 on Sunday night in a contest that saw them sprint out to a 5-0 lead and hold the Scarlet Knights off the board for the first 20-ish minutes of the contest. Brian Ruppel made 10 of his 12 saves in the second half as the Terrapins held off the late effort from Rutgers.

4. Virginia Cavaliers (8-3)

Virginia outscored Duke 10-5 in the second half of play and scored the final three goals, as well as seven of the last 10. However, they fell to the Blue Devils 15-14. Payton Cormier (4G) and Griffin Schutz (3G/1A) each had four points to lead the Cavaliers.

5. Cornell Big Red (9-2)

The Big Red earned a big road win as they topped Army 11-10 in a game where they got up 3-0 early, led most of the way, and had to comeback late. Michael Long (3G/2A) was stellar in just his third game of the season while Aiden Blake had the game-winner with nine seconds left. Gavin Adler held Reese Burek to one goal and one assist while Chayse Ierlan made 12 saves to anchor that defense.

6. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-3)

Jack Traynor had a natural hat trick to start the fourth quarter and then scored one later on in the final frame. TJ Malone also got on in the frame as the Nittany Lions went 5-0 in the final 15 minutes to earn the 11-9 comeback win over Michigan.Jack Fracyon made 17 saves in what was another big day for him in cage.

7. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (10-4)

While leading just 10-7 at the half, the Blue Jays took off in the final two frames as they beat Ohio State 17-8. Garrett Degnon had four goals and one assist to lead the way for Hopkins.

8. Georgetown Hoyas (7-3)

Georgetown extended its winning streak to seven on Saturday as they avoided become the latest team to get upset by Marquette. Tucker Dordevic put home the overtime game-winner to give himself five scores on the day.

9. Villanova Wildcats (9-3)

Villanova earned a bounce back win on Saturday as they drubbed Providence 20-8.

10. Delaware Blue Hens (9-3)

Delaware topped Stony Brook 12-9 in a game where Mike Robinson and Jason Kolar each had hat tricks. They remain un beaten in CAA play.

11. Army West Point Black Knights (9-2)

The Black Knights fell to Cornell in an 11-10 battle on Saturday. While AJ Pilate held CJ Kirst to 0-for-5 shooting, Will Colleti went 54% at the dot, and a natural hat trick from Paul Johnson in the fourth that was preceded by a man-up score from Jacob Morin gave them a 10-9 lead, the Black Knights fell victim to a Cornell team that always had an answer.

12. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (8-4)

Rutgers fell behind 0-4 early and was unable to complete the comeback against Maryland as they fell 11-8 on Sunday night.

13. Utah Utes (8-4)

Utah beat Lindenwood and Mercer last week to extend its winning streak to seven.

14. Jacksonville Dolphins (11-2)

The Dolphins beat Detroit Mercy and Lindenwood soundly last week.

15. Michigan Wolverines (5-6)

From being up 2-0 to early to 9-8 with 13 minutes left, Michigan lead Penn State nearly the whole game. However, the Wolverines fell victim to a strong fourth quarter effort by the Nittany Lions to put this one in their hands. Michigan fell 11-9.

16. Saint Joseph’s (8-4)

A late Stephen Dwyer helped push the Hawks past Hobart 11-10 as they remain unbeaten in A10 play.

17. Vermont Catamounts (7-4)

Vermont beat Bryant 13-12, holding off a late-game Bulldogs effort, to take sole ownership of the top spot in the America East.

18. Syracuse Orange (8-5)

Michael Leo’s game-winner with nine seconds left pushed Syracuse past North Carolina 15-14 for its first ACC win in over a calendar year.

19. North Carolina Tar Heels (7-5)

North Carolina lost to Syracuse 15-14 in what was a tight, game of runs.

20. Navy Midshipmen (7-6)

Navy beat Lafayette 9-6 for its fourth consecutive win to get back above .500.

Others Considered: Denver, Yale, Bryant, Lehigh, North Carolina


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