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Division I men's lacrosse weekend roundup (May 9)

Division I men's lacrosse weekend roundup (May 9)
Navy's Patrick Keena attempts a shot in the second quarter as he is hit by Colgate's Jackson Patterson. The Navy Midshipmen played the visiting Colgate Raiders in men's NCAA lacrosse Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. (By Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

The five Division I teams from Maryland in contention for berths in the NCAA tournament found a way into the postseason.

Johns Hopkins and Navy earned two of the last at-large bids to the tournament. The Blue Jays will make their third consecutive appearance in the postseason, while the Midshipmen will play in the tournament for the first time since 2009.

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The three teams that earned automatic qualifiers also learned their future. Maryland was awarded the No. 1 seed, and Loyola Maryland secured the No. 7 seed. Towson will compete in a play-in game for the second straight year.

Here's how the area teams fared:

No. 3 Maryland

Record: 14-2

Previous result: Def. No. 17 Rutgers, 14-8, on Saturday

Highlight: Junior attackman Matt Rambo led all scorers with six points on three goals and three assists, and redshirt senior goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr made a game-high 12 saves in the Big Ten tournament final to propel the program to only its third sweep of conference regular-season and tournament championships (1998 and 2004).

Lowlight: The Terps killed off all five man-down situations, but repeating that in the NCAA tournament should be avoided.

Up next: Maryland earned the No. 1 overall seed for the first time since 1987 and will play host to the winner of Wednesday's play-in game between Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament titlist Quinnipiac (11-3) and America East tournament champion Hartford (11-6) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Maryland Stadium in College Park.

No. 8 Loyola Maryland

Record: 12-3

Previous result: Def. Army, 14-6, on May 1

Highlight: Since routing the Black Knights for their second Patriot League tournament championship in three years, the Greyhounds have had an opportunity to rest, heal, and recharge for the NCAA tournament.

Lowlight: Depending on how you look at it, the team's bye weekend – which wasn't voluntary – could either be a blessing (players are relaxed and healthy) or a curse (players are rusty and ineffective).

Up next: Loyola earned the No. 7 seed and will play at home in the first round for the third time in its last four postseason appearances when it hosts Duke (11-7) on Saturday at 12 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.

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No. 9 Johns Hopkins

Record: 8-6

Previous result: Lost to No. 17 Rutgers, 14-12, on Thursday

Highlight: Senior attackman Ryan Brown (Calvert Hall) moved up to seventh on the program's career scoring list with 209 points, and coach Dave Pietramala was a seer in correctly noting that the Blue Jays had built enough of a resume to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament.

Lowlight: The program's streak of 26 consecutive wins at home in May came to an end, and the loss to the Scarlet Knights eliminated any possibility of a home game in the first round of the tourney.

Up next: Johns Hopkins will open the first round on the road for the third consecutive year when it visits No. 5 seed Brown (14-2) on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Providence.

No. 11 Towson

Record: 14-2

Previous result: Def. Fairfield, 4-2, on Saturday

Highlight: Senior defenseman Mike Lowe was named the Colonial Athletic Association tournament's Most Outstanding Player after he limited Stags freshman attackman to a single assist, and senior attackman Spencer Parks (St. Paul's) posted a game-best three points on two goals and one assist to propel the Tigers to three tournament crowns in the last four years.

Lowlight: The offense was shut out in the first half for the first time since April 12, 2014, and junior attackmen Ryan Drenner (one assist) and Joe Seider (one goal) were hemmed in by Fairfield's defense.

Up next: For the second year in a row, Towson will participate in a play-in game on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and welcome Northeast Conference tournament titlist Hobart (10-6) to Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson.

No. 14 Navy

Record: 10-4

Previous result: Lost to Army, 9-3, on April 29

Highlight: Similar to Loyola, the Midshipmen have been able to sit back and collect themselves after that upset setback to the Black Knights.

Lowlight: Unlike the Greyhounds, however, Navy did not have the security of knowing it was in the NCAA tournament and had to endure a weekend of conference tournaments and some anxious moments on Sunday night before being able to exhale in relief.

Up next: Navy will visit No. 4 seed and Ivy League tournament champion Yale (13-2) in the first round on Sunday at 5:15 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.

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