By Andrew R. Koch
The NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Championship Game will feature two teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. However, the Maryland Terrapins won’t be one of them.
In their third head-to-head game of the season, sixth-seeded Notre Dame shut down seventh-seeded Maryland 11-6 in front of a heavily pro-Maryland crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. Fighting Irish goalie Connor Kelley made 14 saves, and Matt Cavanaugh led the offense with five goals and two assists. John Sciosia and Nick Ossello each scored two goals for Notre Dame, which took control of the game by outscoring the Terrapins 4-1 in the third quarter. Joe LoCascio scored two goals and Nick Amato made 10 saves for Maryland. However, that wasn’t enough to overcome 19 Terrapin turnovers. It’s the 17th time that Maryland has lost in the Lacrosse Final Four, either in the semifinals or finals since the program’s last national championship in 1975. Heading into championship weekend, Amato was named the winner of the Kelley Award as the most outstanding goalie in Division I men’s lacrosse.
Notre Dame will play Duke in the national championship game at 1 o’clock Monday afternoon. Duke defeated the University of Denver 15-12 in the first semifinal game. Monday’s game will be a rematch of the 2010 national championship game, which Duke won 6-5 in overtime.
In the Division I Women’s Lacrosse Final Four at Towson University, number one Maryland defeated fifth-seeded Northwestern 9-6 in the semifinals on May 23. Kelly McPartland scored a hat trick for the Lady Terrapins, while Brooke Griffin and Zoe Stukenberg each added two goals. Maryland scooped up 14 ground balls to Northwestern’s five. The Lady Terrapins will play number two Syracuse for the national championship at 8:30 Sunday night. The Lady Orange defeated number six Virginia 16-8 in the other semifinal.
Maryland Baseball Reaches ACC Championship Game
Maryland doesn’t have much of a rich tradition in college baseball. The team hasn’t won an ACC championship since 1971, when the conference champion was determined by who had the best record during the conference season. However, this year, Maryland went 33-19 (15-14 ACC), and is in position to win the conference championship in their final season in the ACC.
In the ACC Baseball Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, Maryland defeated number three Virginia 7-6 on May 22, and number four Florida State 5-3 on May 23. The Terrapins fell to North Carolina 13-7 on May 24 in their final game in pool play. The Tar Heels scored six runs in the eighth inning to break a 7-7 tie. However, the Terrapins won Pool B with a 2-1 record, and will advance to face Georgia Tech in the tournament championship at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Maryland took two out of three from the Yellow Jackets during an Easter Weekend series in College Park.
UPDATED MAY 25
The ACC era is now officially over in College Park.
The sixth-seeded Terrapins came back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead over ninth-seeded Georgia Tech after six innings in the ACC Baseball Championship Game in Greensboro. However, the Yellow Jackets tied the game with a run in the seventh, and then broke the tie with three runs in the eighth to take a 7-4 lead. Georgia Tech added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth to win five games in six days on the way to clinching its ninth conference championship in baseball and the ACC’s automatic bid into the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Maryland will likely get an at-large bid.