Maryland Falls to Notre Dame in Men’s Lacrosse Final Four

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.

Local Lacrosse Roundup: Maryland Hosting Cornell in NCAA First Round For Second Straight Year

In its final season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team tied with Duke for the best conference record at 4-1. The Terps went 11-3 overall, and finished the season ranked ninth by Lacrosse Magazine. Maryland lost in the ACC semifinals 6-5 to ninth-ranked Notre Dame in Chester, Pennsylvania on April 25. The Terps received a seventh seed for the NCAA tournament, and will play Cornell in the first round at 5 p.m. on May 10 in College Park.

Maryland was led this season by senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, who had 28 goals and 16 assists. Senior goalie Niko Amato had a 7.19 goals against average, which was fourth-best in the country. He was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Connor Cannizzaro scored 20 goals and added 6 assists in his rookie season, and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. Head Coach John Tillman was named Coach of the Year. The Terps outscored their opponents 163-97 this season, and went 3-1 against their local opponents: Mount St. Marys (won 16-3 on February 8), Maryland-Baltimore County (won 14-3 on February 15), Johns Hopkins (lost 11-6 on April 12), and Navy (won 12-8 on April 19).

Johns Hopkins went 10-4 on the season, including 4-1 against its in-state opponents (Towson, Maryland, Loyola, UMBC and Navy.) The Blue Jays received an at-large bid to make the NCAA Tournament for a record 42nd time, and will play at eighth-seeded Virginia on May 11. Their first-round matchup will be a rematch of a game they played in Charlottesville on March 22, when the Blue Jays lost to the Cavaliers 11-10 in overtime.

The Loyola Greyhounds lost to Virginia 14-13 in their season opener on February 6. They haven’t lost since, finishing the season at 15-1, including an 8-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds beat number 18 and two-time Patriot League champion Lehigh 16-7 in the championship game at the Ridley Athletic Complex on April 27, and finished the season ranked number one in Lacrosse Magazine. Loyola is the third seed in the tournament, and will host the University of Albany (N.Y.) on May 10.

As for the Towson Tigers, they had a mediocre season that ended on a down note. The Tigers went 8-7 (2-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association) during the regular season, and lost to Drexel 11-10 in overtime in the CAA Tournament semifinals on May 1.

The Maryland women had another dominant season. The Lady Terps went 19-1, only losing at North Carolina 17-15 on April 5. Maryland rebounded from that loss by finishing the regular season on a six-game winning streak (including the ACC Tournament at Boston College), beating Virginia and Virginia Tech twice, and then defeating Syracuse 13-7 on April 27 to win its sixth straight conference championship. The Lady Terps are the top overall seed in the Women’s Division I NCAA Tournament, and will have a first-round bye. They’ll play the winner of Canisius and Penn in the second round on May 11 in College Park.

The Johns Hopkins Lady Blue Jays went 15-4 (3-3 in the American Lacrosse Conference) this season. They defeated Penn State 13-10 in the ALC tournament quarterfinals on May 1 before losing to Florida 11-6 the following day. Hopkins will play Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Division I Lacrosse Tournament on May 9 at the University of North Carolina. It’s the first time the Lady Blue Jays have made the NCAA tournament in seven years.

Loyola went 14-5 (8-0 in the Patriot League), winning 12 out of their last 13 games. They received an at-large bid, and will play number 14 Massachusetts at Boston College on May 9. Towson went 11-7 (4-1 in the CAA), but ended their season in dramatic fashion. In the CAA championship game on May 4 in Williamsburg, Virginia, redshirt freshman midfielder Michelle Gildea scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Lady Tigers a 12-11 win over James Madison for their third straight CAA lacrosse championship. Towson will play Stony Brook at Syracuse University on May 9 in the first round of the tournament.

The men’s national lacrosse championships will be at M&T Bank Stadium during Memorial Day weekend. The Division I semifinals will be on Saturday, May 24. The Division III national championship game will be on Sunday, May 25, and the Division I national championship game will be on May 26. The women’s national championship will be at Towson University on Friday, May 23.

UPDATED MAY 11

Upsets abounded in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Tournament this weekend. One local did the upsetting, while another got upset.

In a rematch of their season opener in February, Johns Hopkins upset eighth-seeded Virginia 14-8 in Charlottesville. Attacker Wells Stanwick scored five goals, and Brandon Benn added four of his own to give head coach Dave Pietramala his 158th win at Hopkins, tying Bob Scott’s record for most wins by a men’s head lacrosse coach in program history. Hopkins scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to put the game away, and will play top seed and defending national champion Duke in the quarterfinals on May 18 at the University of Delaware.

Meanwhile, third-seeded Loyola was upset at home by the University of Albany, 13-6 on May 10. Great Danes goalie Blaze Riorden made 13 saves, and the Albany defense gave up their lowest goal total of the season. Justin Ward and Pat Laconi each scored twice, and goalie Jack Runkel made 11 saves for the Greyhounds.

Seventh-seeded Maryland needed a goal by senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk with two seconds left in regulation to give the Terps an 8-7 win, thwarting an upset bid by the Cornell Big Red in College Park. Maryland will play Bryant in a quarterfinal game on May 17 at Hofstra University.

In the women’s tournament, top seed Maryland beat Penn 13-5 in College Park on May 11. Taylor Cummings had a hat trick, and won 10 draws, leading the Lady Terps to a 17-3 advantage on draws. Maryland will host Duke on May 17. Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Boston College defeated Loyola 8-3. Georgetown edged Hopkins 9-8 on an overtime goal by Kelyn Freedman on May 9. It was the Hoyas’ first tournament win since 2006.