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Marquette Men's Lacrosse Stays In The Inside Lacrosse Top 20

I had my doubts.

Ryan McNamara had a hat trick against St. John's on Saturday.
Ryan McNamara had a hat trick against St. John's on Saturday.

A week ago, Marquette sat at 8-1 on the season and was ranked #12 in the country according to the Cascade/Maverick media poll assembled by Inside Lacrosse.  Since then, the Golden Eagles lost on the road to Bellarmine, but picked up a win in their first home game of the season against St. John's, and now sit at 9-2.

I thought that loss might hurt them more than the win would help them, but the poll voters proved me wrong.  In the newest poll from Inside Lacrosse, Marquette is ranked #16 in the country.  They had 144 points in the balloting, way ahead of the 125 accumulated by #17 Georgetown and just a bit behind the 158 points that #15 Towson picked up.  I did honestly expect Marquette to drop out of the top 20 after the loss to Bellarmine, but perhaps the luck of having that second game this week benefited MU just enough to keep them in.

MU has just four game remaining on the regular season schedule, with three of them coming against teams in the top 8 of the latest poll.  They'll see #1 Notre Dame on Tuesday afternoon, followed by #8 Duke on Saturday, April 18, and #5 Denver one week after that.  Both the Duke and Denver games will be at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, and both games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

You can check out the full results of the poll here.