Philly loses stranglehold atop MLL rankings


1. Long Island Lizards

Finally, someone got the best of the Barrage. The Lizards get the No. 1 nod this week after handing Philly its first loss in 11 games behind a balanced attack and the continued faceoff prowess of Peter Vlahakis. Last week: 4.

2. Philadelphia Barrage

Don't expect the setback to the Lizards to knock Philly off course for too long. In a stacked Eastern Conference, all roads still run through the City of Brotherly Love.
Last week: 1.

3. Washington Bayhawks

Missed out on a chance to prove once and for all that they're for real this season by suffering a lashing in Boston. Still, two quality wins over Long Island and Rochester are nothing to sneeze at. Last week: 2.

4. Boston Cannons

If only they got to play the Bayhawks every week. The Cannons have had Washington's number this season, but have gone just 1-3 against all other opponents, including two losses to Philly and one to the Lizards. Last week: 5.

5. Rochester Rattlers

Rochester is the hottest team in the league right now. They have dropped 38 points in back-to-back victories the last two weeks. The possible loss of Casey Powell for the season, however, would be a major blow. Last week: 7.

6. Denver Outlaws

When all is said and done, the Outlaws are still the best team in the West -- but giving up 27 to the Rattlers in a loss? The red flag should definitely be waving in Denver right now. Last week: 3.

7. L.A. Riptide

The only team in the West with a winning record, L.A. is in great shape right now. However, they still haven't solved Denver yet, and the three wins have come against San Francisco, New Jersey and Chicago -- not the most impressive resume.
Last week: 6.

8. San Francisco Dragons

To put it simply, the Dragons are the third best team in the West right now. But a one-goal loss to the Riptide showed that they are not far off from contending for another playoff spot. Last week: 8.

9. New Jersey Pride

And the slide is over. Congrats to New Jersey for showing some pride in blasting Chicago last weekend. A second straight win may not be in the cards though with a trip to Boston this Saturday. Last week: 10.

10. Chicago Machine

It might be back to the drawing board for the Machine after a 21-13 thrashing from the only winless team in the league last week. The good vibes resulting from the win against Denver are fading fast. Last week: 9.