The ACC picture has become a little bit clearer after Week 0, with the Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Cavs all coming out with victories.
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ACC Shuffle Begins in Week 0


For a conference that made up 80% of the initial USILA top 5, I’m still somehow pretty sure we weren’t giving enough credit to how terrifying the ACC was going to be this year. After a few more games in Week 0 (I guess the Denver-Utah week was Week -1?), the picture is beginning to solidify a little more on the ACC front, and it’s even more than we anticipated.

First, we start with Duke, who has played aggressively average through its first two games: comeback wins over Denver and Robert Morris. Still, we’re talking about Duke. In any regular season, the Blue Devils are at least 1-1 in the first week of February, if not full-blown 0-2. The fact that Duke is already capable of coming back on good teams is scary enough.

It’s also the least-frightening looking team to have played a game thus far in the ACC. Virginia, down both Matt Moore and Dox Aitken to start the season, racked up 20 goals on Towson, with Payton Cormier combining with newcomers Charlie Bertrand (transfer) and Connor Shellenberger (redshirt) for 20 points among them. North Carolina, meanwhile, took advantage of a tired-looking Denver team to drop an even more astonishing 24 goals, roaring out to a 14-3 halftime lead. That offense clearly hasn’t lost a step from its 2020 pace, and Chris Gray (6g, 1a) is once again in the thick of the Tewaaraton race.

We’ll see Syracuse and Notre Dame soon, but with both teams ranked in the top eight of the first poll, hopes that one of them is suddenly bad seem like a stretch. This conference is going to be a full-blown Thunderdome in 2021. The last-place ACC team could legit go 0-4 in conference play and deserve an at-large bid. I’m here for it. Bring on the chaos.

Last Week in Lacrosse

-Speaking of polls, Quint Kessenich dropped his first poll of the season today. The ACC now makes up the top three, though in an order that might surprise you.

US Lacrosse also dropped its second poll. No change in the top six, surprisingly, but some changes as Ivy League teams shuffle. 

-Finally, Utah is getting a conference. The Utes will join Air Force, Bellarmine, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, and Robert Morris in the ASUN starting in 2022.

-The washed up lax community has earned another Super Bowl ring. Zach Triner, formerly of Siena and now of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was on the winning side of the big game last night. 

-Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse dropped his yearly power 100, ranking the best incoming freshmen of the year. To no one’s surprise, Duke’s Brennan O’Neill tops the list. 

-The Big Ten dropped the first half of its 2021 schedule, with teams in the conference set to exclusively play league games. 

-UMass has gone on pause for two weeks due to COVID, a potential hurdle for the Minutemen to return to action soon for lacrosse.

-As part of Black History Month, US Lacrosse takes a look back at the most influential Black lacrosse players in history, including the great Jim Brown.

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