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Lambert Power Rankings, 11/18/2008

One more bit of housekeeping before it's "all Rivalry, all the time".

I crunched the numbers for my Lambert Power rankings this weekend and it spit out the following numbers:

1. (1) James Madison (CAA, 9-1, 113 points)
2. (2) Richmond (CAA, 8-3, 102 points)
3. (3) New Hampshire (CAA, 8-2, 98 points)
4. (4) Villanova (CAA, 8-2, 90.5 points)
5. (5T) Maine (CAA, 8-3, 87.5 points)
6T. (5T) William & Mary (CAA, 7-3, 78.5 points)
6T. (8) Albany (NEC, 8-3, 78.5 points)
8. (7) Colgate (Patriot, 7-2, 74.5 points)
9. (NR) Holy Cross (Patriot, 7-3, 72.5 points)
10. (9) Lafayette (Patriot, 7-3, 72 points)

Before you get upset about Albany being rated above all the teams of the Patriot League, let me just say that the winner of the Holy Cross/Colgate game (the de facto Patriot League Championship game) will definitely jump ahead of Albany next week.

Let me also say that the LPR has been pretty accurate, I think, overall in weighing the teams - with the possible exception of Villanova. According to the LPR, Richmond and UNH have a slight edge over Villanova. We shall see this weekend - and in the playoffs, no matter how they shake out.

The official ECAC Lambert Poll this week shows:

1. (1) James Madison
2. (2) Villanova
3. (3) Richmond
4. (5) New Hampshire
5. (4) William & Mary
6. (6) Maine
7. (7) Harvard
8. (8) Colgate
9. (NR) Holy Cross
10. (9) Massachusetts

Holy Cross replaces UMass in the LPR, while Holy Cross replaces Lafayette in the official poll. And in the LPR, Albany is rated higher than Harvard.

The Sports Network Top 25 this week shows Colgate jumping from No. 23 to the No. 21 position during a bye week, while Holy Cross is just outside the Top 25 with 196 points. It's also worth mentioning that Lehigh and Lafayette could very well be playing for a spot in the Top 25 to end the year - and the potential implications that might have going into next year. It would be a great honor for the seniors of either Lehigh or "that school in Easton".

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