The Georgetown men's lacrosse team is ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history in the initial USILA coaches' poll released yesterday.

The Hoyas (1-0) defeated Maryland, 8-6, in their season opener on Saturday. That, too, was a first -- Maryland entered 6-0 all-time against Georgetown.

"It's certainly a milestone for the program, and that's a good thing," Georgetown Coach Dave Uricksaid of being ranked No. 1. "I know the kids are pretty excited about it, but they need to understand exactly what it means, which isn't a whole lot."

On Saturday, the Hoyas led 6-1 at halftime and survived a 25-minute 14-second scoreless streak spanning the second and third quarters. Junior Dan D'Agnesscored the winning goal, off an assist from junior Andrew Baird, with 9:03 to play.

Georgetown's starting lineup on Saturday featured one senior -- defender Jerry Lambe -- and he has another year of eligibility left. Of the 21 players the Hoyas used, only three are seniors.

Urick arrived at Georgetown in 1990; the program did not offer scholarships and he did not have a full-time assistant coach. The Hoyas went 46-157 in the 19 seasons before he arrived.

Under Urick, however, the Hoyas have not had a losing season and have made the NCAA tournament for 10 straight years.

Urick said he voted his team No. 3 in the poll, behind Princeton (1-0) and Albany (1-0).

"The kids looked at me like I was nuts when I told them I voted us third," he said.

-- Christian Swezey