Sometimes media poll voting is a mystery to me. One of those times is right now, as YOUR Marquette Golden Eagles men’s lacrosse team is ranked #16 in the country in the final Maverik media poll for the 2017 season.
The Golden Eagles finished the season with a record of 8-8 after losing to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament by a score of 15-9. MU had qualified for the Big Barbecue by defeating Denver and Providence in the Big East tournament, but the win over the at-the-time ranked #2 in the country Pioneers was Marquette’s only notable win of the season. Along the way, MU suffered losses to NCAA tournament teams Ohio State, Duke, and the aforementioned Pioneers, as well as regular season defeats at the hands of both Notre Dame and Providence.
So, yeah, let’s say that I don’t quite understand Marquette slotting in the top 20 in between Rutgers and Air Force. Granted, neither of those two squads made the NCAA tournament, and neither did Hofstra, Bryant, nor Villanova, the teams that round out the rest of the poll, so I guess making it into the tournament has to count for something.
Ohio State, the national runner-up this season, finished ranked #2 in the poll, while Denver rests at #3. Duke pops in at #7, while Notre Dame is right behind them at #8. Richmond and Providence, both MU opponents during the regular season, are both in the Receiving Votes category of the poll as we put a bow on the 2017 season.
You can check out the full final poll right here.