Two games, two ranked opponents, two wins.
That's an impressive start to the third season of Division 1 lacrosse at Marquette, and it got slightly more impressive on Monday morning. Inside Lacrosse announced their first in-season Top 20 media poll, and YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles are ranked #17 in the country. It's the first time that Marquette has ever been ranked at all in men's lacrosse.
Marquette opened their season with two wins, first over #16 Lehigh out in Pennsylvania, then over #19 Hofstra this past Saturday afternoon. Both wins were by one goal, and both came over teams that were in the preseason version of Inside Lacrosse's poll.
Marquette earned 114 points in the poll, slotting them easily into the top 20 ahead of Penn State, the aforementioned Lehigh Mountain Hawks, and Princeton. Marquette is one of two teams in the Big East in the Top 20, with #1 Denver picking up 22 first place votes. There are two other teams left on MU's schedule this season in the top 20, with Notre Dame coming in at #2 and Duke sliding down to #6 after losing to Denver over the weekend. Three teams on the schedule earned votes but didn't make it into the Top 20, including MU's next opponent, Richmond.
You can check out the full results of the poll here.