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Maryland holds on for 9-8 win over Denver, returns to national championship game

Maryland holds on for 9-8 win over Denver, returns to national championship game

The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is returning to a familiar setting, but just barely earned its way back.

The top-seeded Terps coughed up a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter before junior midfielder Connor Kelly scored his third and final goal to hold off No. 5 seed Denver, 9-8, in an NCAA Division I tournament semifinal at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

An announced 30,530 — the 13th-largest crowd to attend the semifinals — watched Maryland (15-3) continue its pursuit of its first national championship since 1975. The Terps, who have lost in each of their past nine title-game appearances, will meet No. 3 seed Ohio State (16-4) in Monday’s final at 1 p.m. The...

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