Maryland Advances to Final Four in Men’s, Women’s Lacrosse

By Andrew R. Koch

The University of Maryland will be well-represented at the Men’s and Women’s Division I Lacrosse Final Fours Memorial Day weekend in the Baltimore area.

The seventh-seeded men’s team advanced to the Final Four by defeating Bryant University 16-8 on May 17 at Hofstra University. Mike Chanenchuk scored five goals and added four assists, becoming the first Terrapins player to score nine points in a game since 1979. Maryland scored four goals in the first 4:14 of the game, and held Bryant without a possession for nearly the first five minutes. Maryland will play sixth-seeded Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. on May 24 at M&T Bank Stadium. The teams split their regular season Atlantic Coast Conference matchups, with Maryland winning at Notre Dame 12-8 on April 19. The Fighting Irish got their revenge six days later with a 6-5 win in College Park.

Things didn’t go so well for the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at the University of Delaware on May 18. The Blue Jays fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter against number one Duke. Hopkins pulled to within 12-10 on a goal by Holden Cattoni with 9:16 left in the third quarter, but the Blue Devils pulled away from there on the way to a 19-11 win. Duke has reached the Final Four for the ninth straight year, and will play fifth-seeded Denver at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Cattoni and Rob Guida each scored three goals, while Connor Reed added a goal and four assists for Hopkins, which  finishes the season with an 11-5 record.

In the Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, top-seeded Maryland will be in the Final Four at Towson University over the holiday weekend. The Lady Terrapins defeated Duke 15-8 in College Park on Saturday to wrap up an undefeated season on their home field. Taylor Cummings led the way with five goals. Maryland is in the Final Four for the sixth straight year, and will play fifth-seeded Northwestern on May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson campus. Northwestern reached the Final Four for the 10th straight year by defeating host and American Lacrosse Conference rival Florida 12-11 in overtime.

The other semifinal will pit second-seeded Syracuse against sixth-seeded Virginia. The start time for that game hasn’t yet been announced.

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