Over the weekend, Marquette men’s lacrosse played their way into the NCAA tournament thanks to a Big East tournament championship and victories over #2 ranked Denver and a Providence squad that was receiving votes last week.
As a result, YOUR Golden Eagles find themselves ranked #16 in the country in the newest Maverik media top 20 poll. It’s the first time that Marquette has even gotten one vote in the poll since the Week 9 top 20 came out on April 10th. MU was 6-3 at the time and coming off a victory over St. John’s. Since then, though, Marquette had lost their final four regular season games to drop to 6-7 overall.
I realize that they beat two quality opponents on Thursday and Saturday, but to suddenly be one of the 16 best teams in the country as a result? After losing to the same teams that they just beat in the league tourney? Seems weird, to be honest.
Marquette’s ranking means that Sunday’s NCAA tournament game will be between two ranked opponents. Notre Dame drops to #7 from #4 last week after losing to Army on Saturday. Of course, neither Sergio Perkovic nor Ryder Garnsey played in that game, which greatly changes how the Irish operate on offense.
In other Marquette opponent news, Denver falls to #5 after their semifinal loss to Marquette, while Duke stayed steady at #6. Air Force wound up at #17, one spot behind Marquette, while Richmond barely stayed in the top 20, falling four spots from #16 last week. Villanova and Providence both received votes in this week’s poll, with the Wildcats dropping out of the top 20 after sitting at #15 last week.
You can check out the full top 20 right here.