Historic Maryland Ends Season Atop Nike/USA Lacrosse Division I Men's Top 20

PHOTO BY RICH BARNES

Jonathan Donville (No. 3), a graduate transfer from Cornell, beat his old team in the NCAA title game.


Maryland accumulated plenty of style points throughout the first 17 games of the season.

There weren’t many for the Terrapins last Monday — or any, really, especially in the last 20 minutes of the national title game — but it hardly matters.

Maryland’s 9-7 defeat of Cornell cements the Terps as an unbeaten champion — just the 11th in Division I men’s lacrosse history. And it also means they finish the year where they’ve been since March — as the top team in the Nike/USA Lacrosse Division I Men’s Top 20.

There was movement below the top line and some slotting that doesn’t match up with how far programs advanced in the postseason. Virginia remains a top-four team despite a quarterfinal loss; its great sin was getting bracketed with Maryland a round or two early.

Georgetown sits at No. 6 despite its first-round ouster. The Hoyas’ season-long consistency carries some weight despite their 10-9 loss to Delaware.

And Notre Dame, not even invited to the tournament, yields ground to a pair of final four teams but still checks in at No. 8. The Fighting Irish will carry a six-game winning streak into next season — and how many victories it could have tacked onto that run in May will remain the great unknown of the just-concluded postseason.

The full rundown to close out the season:






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NIKE/USA LACROSSE
DIVISION I MEN’S TOP 20

 
June 6, 2022

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1

Maryland

18-0

1

Season complete

2

Cornell

14-5

12

Season complete

3

Virginia

12-4

3

Season complete

4

Princeton

11-5

8

Season complete

5

Rutgers

15-5

4

Season complete

6

Georgetown

15-2

2

Season complete

7

Penn

11-5

5

Season complete

8

Notre Dame

8-4

6

Season complete

Yale

12-5

7

Season complete

10

Brown

10-6

9

Season complete

11

Ohio State

10-6

10

Season complete

12

Richmond

11-5

14

Season complete

13

Jacksonville

14-3

11

Season complete

14

Duke

11-6

13

Season complete

15

Delaware

13-6

NR

Season complete

16

Boston U

12-5

15

Season complete

17

Army

12-4

16

Season complete

18

Harvard

8-5

17

Season complete

19

North Carolina

8-6

18

Season complete

20

Saint Joseph's

14-4

20

Season complete

Also considered (alphabetical order): Denver (9-6), Lehigh (8-7), Loyola (8-8), Navy (9-6), Vermont (12-7), Villanova (9-6)

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