NCAA Lacrosse Rankings 2012: Denver Moves Up After Close Loss

The Denver Pioneers battled through two full overtimes but they were unable to hold on in the third when they fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 10-9 in South Bend. Although it was DU's second loss of the season, the Pioneers held steady in one poll and actually moved up a spot in the other. Denver stays at No. 9 in the Nike Media Poll and takes over the No. 8 spot in the USILA Coaches Poll. Notre Dame jumped a spot in each poll to No. 6/7.

Denver trailed the Fighting Irish 7-4 at halftime, but was able to take over in the second half to knot the game at nine. The Pioneers scored five goals and displayed a stout defense that allowed just two. Jeremy Noble had two goals and Cameron Flint, Wes Berg and Mark Matthews each had one of their own. At one point the Pioneers scored four straight, but it wasn't enough to take the lead and get out of Indiana with a win.


Denver Vs. Notre Dame: Pioneers Battle Back, Only To Lose In Overtime, 10-9


In national action, Johns Hopkins had the biggest win of the week, taking down Syracuse 11-7 in Baltimore. The Orange fell to No. 8/9. The Virginia Cavaliers were able to beat Ohio State on the road, 11-9, to stay on top of both polls.

The 4-2 Pioneers have a quick turnaround before their next action, taking on No. 3/4 Cornell at Hofstra University on Tuesday.

Nike Coaches Team
1 1 Virginia
2 2 Johns Hopkins
3 4 Cornell
4 3 UMASS
5 5 Loyola
6 7 Notre Dame
7 6 Maryland
8 9 Syracuse
9 8 Denver
10 11 Lehigh
11 10 Duke
12 13 Princeton
13 12 Colgate
14 15 UNC
15 14 Villanova
16 16 Fairfield
17 17 Penn State
18 18 Georgetown
19 19 Hofstra
20 20 Bucknell


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