Terrapins Baseball in NCAA Tournament; Women’s Lacrosse Wins National Championship

By Andrew R. Koch

Baseball hasn’t been one of the strongest, most tradition-rich sports at the University of Maryland. However, the Terrapins are bucking history in their final year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Despite coming up short in the ACC Championship Game, falling to Georgia Tech 9-4 over Memorial Day weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Terrapins’ holiday weekend finished on a high note as the team received an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. This will be Maryland’s fourth appearance in the tournament, but the first since 1971, when the team received the ACC’s automatic bid for winning the regular season conference championship. Maryland is the number-two seed in the Columbia Regional, which will be played at the University of South Carolina from May 30 through June 2. The Terrapins will play third-seeded Old Dominion University from Norfolk, Virginia on May 30 at 1 p.m. The winner of that game will play the winner of host and top-seed South Carolina (the number 12 team in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll) and fourth-seed Campbell University on Saturday night. The losers will play that afternoon.

Maryland goes into the tournament with plenty of momentum on its side. The Terrapins became one of the hottest teams in the country by going 11-2 in May and reaching the ACC Tournament Championship for the first time since 1976. Maryland has a .500 record in 18 games against the Monarchs in program history, and has won five of the last six. The teams haven’t played since 2010, when Maryland won both games that year.

Maryland Women Win 12th National Championship in Lacrosse

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team continues to prove that it’s one of the strongest teams in the country.

The Lady Terrapins clinched their 12th national championship, and first since 2010, by holding off ACC rival Syracuse for a 15-12 win before a record crowd on 10,311 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson campus on May 25. Maryland got off to a fast start as Kristen Lamon scored just 43 seconds in on her way to a hat trick. The Terps scored five goals in the first four and a half minutes of the game. Taylor Cummings and Brooke Griffin also notched hat tricks, and Beth Glaros, Maryland’s only senior starter, led the offense with five goals, one assist and six shots. Goalie Abbie Clipp got the win and finished the season with a perfect 21-0 record.

The Terrapins controlled the first six draws of the game, but only held a three-goal lead at halftime. After Alyssa Murray scored just over two minutes into the second half to pull the Lady Orange to within two at 9-7, Maryland ran off four straight goals. Griffin started the outburst just 17 seconds after Murray scored, and then proceeded to score each of the next two goals over a six-minute stretch for a natural hat trick. Lamon finished the run by scoring on a free position shot with just under 20 minutes left. After Glaros finished her hat trick on another free position shot with 11 minutes left, the Orange would score four straight goals to cut the deficit to 15-12. However, Syracuse wasn’t able to hit the back of the net again over the final four and a half minutes of regulation.

Cummings was named the Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Most Valuable Player, and joined Glaros, Kelly McPartland and Megan Douty on the All-Tournament Team. Maryland finished the season with a 23-1 record, and tied a team record for wins set by the undefeated 2001 national championship team. Eleven starters from this year’s team will be returning for next season.

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.