Rivalry weekend is now in the books, and this is what we learned from last week's action: Notre Dame knows how to find a way to win; Duke is aware it's only March; replacing seven seniors will not be easy for Syracuse; and, if Princeton's marquee players play up to their potential, the Tigers can be a tough out in May.
Now we get to sit back, relax and enjoy a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown from Charlottesville on Saturday at 2 p.m.
1. UVA (8-0): The Cavs survived a trap game at Ohio State as they rallied from an early five-goal deficit to remain undefeated. Westchester, N.Y. native Chris Bocklet led the way with four goals.
Up next: 2. Johns Hopkins, Saturday, 2 p.m.
2. Hopkins (7-0): The first midfield unit set the tone as John Ranagan, John Greeley and Rob Guida combined for five goals, and the Blue Jays snapped a five-game losing streak to Syracuse with the 11-7 win.
Up next: at 1. Virginia, Saturday, 2 p.m.
3. UMASS (7-0): Mike Fetterly scored 68 seconds into overtime as the Minutemen held off Penn State, 9-8. Long Beach, N.Y. resident Tim McCormack made 13 saves including five in the fourth quarter.
Up next: 20. Harvard, Mar. 27
4 Cornell (4-1): The Big Red opened up Ivy League play with a narrow 8-7 win over Yale in Ithaca, N.Y. Roy Lang delivered the game-winner, and New York City's own Max Van Bourgondien chipped in with a goal and two assists.
Up next: 8. Denver, Tuesday, 4 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.
5. Loyola (6-0): Trailing Air Force by three in the first half, the Greyhounds scored 10 unanswered goals to roll to a 15-8 victory. Mike Sawyer continued to add to his All-American resume with a hat trick.
Up Next: 19. Georgetown, Wednesday
6. Notre Dame (4-1) The Irish nearly let one get away at home against Denver, but once again, it was Sean Rogers to the rescue as he ended it in the third overtime. It was the third straight game-winning goal for the Long Island, N.Y. native, and the second straight in OT. The Irish are already 3-1 in one-goal games this year.
Up Next: at Ohio State, Wednesday
7. Maryland (5-1) The Terps grabbed control right from the start and never looked back against Villanova in an ACC vs. Big East matchup. Junior Owen Blye had a career-high six points with four goals.
Up next: at 14. North Carolina, Saturday, 12 p.m.
8. Denver (4-2)The Pioneers may have suffered a devastating loss in South Bend, Ind. Not only do they fall in a triple-overtime thriller after rallying to tie it, but sophomore goalie Jamie Faus had to leave the game late and could be out for a while.
Up next: 4. Cornell, Tuesday, 4 p.m. in Hempstead, N.Y.
9. Syracuse (3-2) The reloading process took a hit in Baltimore on Saturday. For the first time in a while, it was Johns Hopkins with the more experienced talent. Someone may emerge by April or May, but observers cannot remember a time when the Orange lacked a legitimate playmaker on the offensive end.
Up next: Providence, Wednesday; Villanova, Sunday
10. Lehigh (7-1) Now that the basketball team's Cinderella run is over, Kevin Cassese's club can get the spotlight on campus. The Mountain Hawks added to their best start since the late '60s with a one-goal win over Army.
Up next: at #16 Penn State Tuesday
11. Villanova, 12. Duke, 13. Colgate, 14. UNC, 15. Princeton, 16. Penn State, 17. Fairfield, 18. Hofstra, 19. Georgetown, 20. Harvard.