For the fifth time in program history, Maryland is unseeded in the NCAA tournament. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Being unseeded didn’t help in 1994 (first-round exit to Duke) or 2009 (quarterfinal loss to Syracuse, but in 1997 and 2011, the Terps advanced to the national championship game before falling to Princeton and Virginia, respectively.
Coach John Tillman wasn’t quite sure whether to take being an unseeded as a good omen of things to come for Maryland (9-5), which opens the tournament at No. 7 seed Lehigh (14-2) Sunday night.
“Last year’s team was just so different from last year’s team in terms of personality and makeup,” he said. “But the one thing that it tells you is – and I think the [New York] Giants showed you that in the NFL this year – the best team doesn’t always win the championship. I think it’s the team that’s the hottest at the end, and that’s the beauty of the tournament. I think all 16 teams are hoping that we can maybe play our best lacrosse and get hot here and really gel at the end. If you get a few breaks, why can’t you make a good run at it?”