NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Pioneers Drop To No. 11/12 In Latest Polls

Henry Miketa #35 of the Denver Pioneers walks off the field with the team after losing to to the Virginia Cavaliers 14-8 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Denver Pioneers dropped in the first in-season lacrosse polls of the 2012 season.

The Denver Pioneers took a tumble in the first in-season top 20 polls during the 2012 lacrosse season. The Pioneers started as the preseason No. 5 team, but a 10-9 loss to the Ohio St. Buckeyes dropped them down to No. 11 in the Nike Poll and No. 12 in the USILA Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes went from being unranked to moving up to No. 12 in the Nike Poll and No. 11 in the Coaches Poll.

The Buckeyes improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in ECAC play while Denver is 0-1 in both. Loyola (1-1, 0-0) is the only other ECAC team ranked in the polls (16/13).

The Pioneers will host the DU Face-Off Classic this weekend at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, playing Michigan and Robert Morris. The Air Force Falcons are also in the tournament, but the Pioneers will play them later in the season in ECAC action.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 3 Johns Hopkins
3 5 Cornell
4 2 Notre Dame
5 4 North Carolina
6 6 Syracuse
7 7 Maryland
8 10 Duke
9 9 Villanova
10 8 Massachusetts
11 12 Denver
12 11 Ohio State
13 t14 Hofstra
14 19 Princeton
15 t14 Harvard
16 13 Loyola
17 17 Penn
18 18 Yale
19 20 Colgate
20 NR Penn State

For more lacrosse coverage, head over to College Crosse.

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