DURHAM, N.C. -- On the strength of its 14-7 win over Maryland last week, Duke has ascended to the number one spot in both major men's lacrosse polls released on Monday afternoon. It marks the first time in school history that the Blue Devils have been ranked as the top team in the nation.
"The polls and rankings are stuff for the fans and media to talk about," said Duke head coach John Danowski. "For this team, we need to be focused on getting better each day and preparing for the next opponent. That team just happens to be St. Joseph's and we'll play tomorrow at 3 o'clock here in Durham. From day one, we've just tried to take things one day and a time, and this doesn't change that philosophy."
Duke received six of 10 first-place votes in the USILA coaches poll to edge previously top-ranked Georgetown by three total points. Cornell is ranked third followed by Albany, Johns Hopkins, Navy, Princeton, Virginia, Army and Delaware. The second 10 features Towson, Syracuse, North Carolina, Maryland, Notre Dame, Bucknell, Denver, Yale, Pennsylvania and Drexel.
In the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll, the Blue Devils earned 13 of 16 first-place votes. Georgetown is ranked second with Cornell, Virginia and Johns Hopkins rounding out the top five. Princeton checks in at number six followed by Navy, Syracuse, Albany and Maryland. Delaware is ranked 11th followed by Army, Towson, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Loyola, Bucknell, Denver, Yale and Pennsylvania.