Lehigh Remains at 14/16 in Lacrosse Polls

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  • #10186

    TMH
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    It looks like Lehigh will need to win the Patriot League Tournament to get in but then again stranger things have happened.

    #10187
    Bison137
    Bison137
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    Yes, it’s likely they’ll have to win it.    The lax tournament committee has always leaned heavily on RPI – and the LU RPI rank is #17.    Likely slightly worse if they lose in PL tournament.  Probably would need to be #13 or better to have a shot.

     

    To have an at-large shot, LU would need a few of these things to happen:

    1.  Johns Hopkins loses to Loyola (or Army)

    2. Princeton loses to Cornell in final regular season game – and does not win the Ivy tournament.

    3.  Cornell wins Ivy tournament.

    4.  Albany wins America East tournament.

    5.  PSU wins CAA tournament.

    6.  Ohio State loses to Fairfield and/or in first round of ECAC tournament.  

    7.  Syracuse loses to Notre Dame and then loses in first round of Big East tournament.  (And Notre Dame wins Big East tournament.)

    #10188

    TMH
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    Bison,
    Do you think the situation is almost exactly the same for Bucknell or do they have an advantage? I notice that they trail Lehigh in one poll and are ahead in the other, both by slight margins.

    #10190
    Bison137
    Bison137
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    Bucknell definitely has an advantage at the moment.      It ranks #8 in RPI, compared to LU’s #18.   BU also has a much better SOS and a better record.   Additionally, BU has three wins against top 15 programs compared to LU’s two (Bucknell and PSU).   Remember that the committee typically has place a lot of weight on RPI and SOS.

     If Bucknell were to beat Army in the semis and then lose to LU, it looks like there is a good probability that they would get an at-large IF there aren’t upsets in the strong conferences, where a weak team grabs the AQ.   With a win over Army and a loss to LU, Bucknell’s final RPI would be 8 or 9.   For LU to get in if it loses in the finals, a lot of things would have to happen to allow them to pass at least four teams out of Ohio State, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Princeton.    I think whichever Ivy gets to their tournament final (presumably to play Cornell) will get a bid – which likely means LU would have to pass the other four.

    #10195
    RichH
    RichH
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    Thanks TMH, real life took over for the last 5-6 days.
    Agree, we must win . At large would be very tough.Too many dominoes have to fall for us to get in. PL s/b a dogfight.

    #10199
    van
    van
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    Have to agree with 137, the loss to UMass really hurt our tournament chances without the AQ.  However, I like our chances to win the PL tourney in front of home fans.

    Football team found out the same thing with the Colgate loss this year.

    #10200
    Bison137
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    In the RPI scheme of things, the loss to Air Force was even worse.   UMass, despite not having a great record, ranks #19 in RPI at the moment, so it wouldn’t be considered a “bad” loss by the tournament committee.

    #10201
    van
    van
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    Yep, but it would have been a good win!

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