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Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse matched rising pressure to make NEC tournament

There were a couple of conditions outside of Mount St. Mary’s control, but the most important priority for the team was making sure to beat Hobart on Saturday. The Mountaineers did their part with a 10-8 win before watching St. Joseph’s defeat Sacred Heart and Robert Morris upend Wagner to capture the fourth and final spot in the Northeast Conference tournament.

Mount coach Tom Gravante, who was a standout attackman at Hobart, said the players understood the gravity of their must-win situation.

“It wasn’t like it was a secret,” he said this afternoon. “They knew what they were up against for the last two weeks. That’s the difference between moving on in tournaments and taking a seat and watching. You have to handle the pressure, and this is the kind of pressure that I lived for as a player. So I’m very pleased. Our guys responded. … They knew. It was no secret. This is what needed to happen, and that was it.”

Mount St. Mary’s (5-9) now gets the unenviable task of playing Thursday's first...

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Washington College men's lacrosse overcomes disappointing regular season with berth in Centennial Conference tournament

After an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament last May, Washington College was at one point ranked in the top five in February and considered a contender for the national championship.

Five losses in the first six games popped the team’s bubble, but the Shoremen (6-9) persevered to go 5-3 in the Centennial Conference and grab a spot in the league tournament. Coach Jeff Shirk said he hopes qualifying for the playoffs can help redeem a disappointing regular season.

“I think the way we look at it is the regular season is one season and the playoffs is a whole new season, and anything can happen,” he said Monday morning. “The biggest thing is learning from mistakes and building on the things we did well and putting our best foot forward. But I do think the guys are excited about it because we have a chance now because we’re in it.”

Washington College had a chance to earn the No. 3 seed, but lost 11-9 at top-seeded Gettysburg (15-0) on Saturday. Therefore, the Shoremen...

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Towson men's lacrosse focusing on positive, not negative, of qualifying for CAA tournament

Towson earned a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament despite dropping games against league foes Hofstra on April 18 and Drexel on Saturday. But rather than worry about the team sliding from the No. 1 to the No. 3 seed and giving up homefield advantage for a road trip, coach Shawn Nadelen emphasized that the Tigers (9-5) are blessed to have a shot at the championship and possibly earning a spot in the NCAA tournament.

“We’re excited to be in the tournament,” he said this morning. “We know it’s not a guarantee for anybody. Four out of six teams make it and two teams are not in it right now, and we’re glad we’re not one of those teams. You work hard all season to put yourself in position to win the regular season or be able to be in position to go to the CAA playoffs, and we’ve done that. We haven’t played our best lacrosse in the past coupe of games, but we still have a body of work that qualifies us to be in position for the CAA championship.”

The last time Towson qualified...

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Postscript from Johns Hopkins at Maryland men's lacrosse

Johns Hopkins’ 15-12 victory at No. 2 Maryland might have been an upset, but just how the Blue Jays left Byrd Stadium on Saturday night with the win was no mystery to Terps senior midfielder Joe LoCascio.

“I was just thinking in my head that they out-Terped the Terps,” he said. “They won the ground ball battle [34-28], which is something that we preach every single day. They came out with more emotion.”

Asked to explain the meaning of “out-Terped,” LoCascio said: “They just came out with more energy, and simple.”

According to coach Dave Pietramala, the Blue Jays (7-6, 4-1 Big Ten Conference) played with less pressure. Assured of ending up as no worse than the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament, Johns Hopkins executed in a pivotal fourth quarter in which it outscored the Terps 6-2.

A 16-9 rout of Michigan on April 18, which clinched a berth in the Big Ten tournament, “was important, because we were able to come down and play with a little less pressure and play a little bit more freely...

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Towson men's lacrosse slips to No. 3 seed in CAA tournament, will face Drexel

Towson let a prime opportunity to slip away.

The No. 16 Tigers had a chance to capture the top seed and home-field advantage in next week’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament with a victory at Drexel on Saturday. Powered by three goals in the second half from both junior midfielder Ben McCarty (South Carroll) and redshirt senior attackman Max Siskind, they rallied from a 7-2 deficit at halftime with six unanswered goals to take an 8-7 lead with 11:45 left in the fourth quarter.

But the Dragons scored four of the game’s last six goals to pull away with an 11-10 win.

The loss means that Towson (9-5, 3-2), mired in its first two-game losing skid of the season, slid to the No. 3 seed and will meet second-seeded Drexel (7-7, 3-2) again in Thursday’s semifinal round of the conference tournament.

Top-seeded Fairfield (9-5, 4-1), which will host the tournament, will face No. 4 seed Massachusetts (4-9, 2-3) in the other semifinal. The times for both semifinals and Saturday's championship...

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Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse grabs fourth and final spot in NEC tournament

After a two-year absence from the Northeast Conference tournament, Mount St. Mary’s guaranteed that it will play in the league playoffs next week.

The Mountaineers upset Hobart, 10-8, on Saturday, improving to 5-9 overall and 2-4 in the conference. With Sacred Heart losing, 13-8, to St. Joseph’s -– which dropped the Pioneers to 6-7 and 2-4 -– Mount St. Mary’s gained the fourth and final berth in the league tournament by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker earned in a 10-2 rout of Sacred Heart on March 28.

The Mountaineers toppled the Statesmen thanks to a game-high four points on two goals and two assists from sophomore midfielder Ryan Lamon (Severn) and three goals from junior midfielder Justin Gosnell (Havre de Grace). Freshman goalkeeper Matt Vierheller made 10 saves.

Mount St. Mary’s will face top-seeded St. Joseph’s (10-5, 6-0) in one semifinal of the Northeast tournament on Thursday in Philadelphia with the time of the game to be announced. No. 2 seed Hobart (7-6, 4-2) will clash...

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