We now know that the 2018 men’s lacrosse season will continue for at least three area Division I programs, but not for three others.
No. 7 Johns Hopkins joined No. 6 Loyola Maryland as automatic qualifiers to the NCAA tournament after upending No. 2 Maryland in the Big Ten tournament final Saturday night. The No. 2 seed Blue Jays have assured themselves of a top-eight seed and a first-round game at Homewood Field in Baltimore on either May 12 or 13.
The Terps, the top seed in the Big Ten tournament, missed out on their third consecutive conference tournament crown, but are believed to have earned of a top-eight seed and a first-round game at Maryland Stadium in College Park.
The Greyhounds had already punched their ticket to the postseason and a top-eight seed by capturing their fourth Patriot League title April 29 and will also play host to a first-round game at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.
Towson, the No. 2 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, fell to No. 16 Massachusetts in the title game. The Tigers will miss the postseason for the first time since 2014 and will join UMBC and Mount St. Mary’s in the offseason.
No. 17 Navy will not find out whether its season will continue until the bracket for the 17-team field for the NCAA tournament is announced Sunday night.
Here’s how Division I teams from the state who were in action this past week fared:
No. 2 Maryland
Previous result: Def. No. 11 Rutgers, 12-9, on Thursday; lost to No. 7 Johns Hopkins, 13-10, on Saturday
Note: Senior midfielder Connor Kelly accrued four goals and three assists in two games, including two goals and two assists in the Big Ten tournament final, but conference’s Offensive Player of the Year was shut out in the second half, and the Terps suffered their second loss in four games.
No. 7 Johns Hopkins
Previous result: Def. No. 13 Ohio State, 6-5, on Thursday; def. No. 2 Maryland, 13-10, on Saturday
Note: Senior goalkeeper Brock Turnbaugh (Hereford) made 30 saves in two games, and sophomore attackman Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield) broke out of a 0-for-15 shooting slump in his previous three games to score five goals on nine shots and add one assist and power the Blue Jays to their second overall Big Ten tournament crown and first since 2015.
Previous result: Def. Delaware, 9-8, in overtime on Thursday; lost to No. 16 Massachusetts, 12-8, on Saturday
Note: In two games, redshirt senior midfielder Jean-Luc Chetner compiled two goals and four assists, and junior faceoff specialist Alex Woodall (St. Mary’s) went 30 of 44 with 19 ground balls, but the Tigers failed to capture the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship for only the second time in the past six years.