This week, lets recognize some deserving players who don't ordinarily get much recognition. These are good guys who make contributions on and off the field to make their programs better. These unsung seniors bring energy, they understand the culture of their programs and pass it along, and they will be winners in life after lacrosse. They might not appear in the box score, but they make an impact just the same.
The Penn State men's lacrosse team ended a 20-game Denver winning streak, upsetting the top-ranked Pioneers (7-1), 15-10, to capture the Patriot Cup at Southern Methodist's Gerald Ford Stadium in Dallas on Saturday.
March Madness takes center stage this weekend. College lacrosse has eight more weeks of regular-season action before it's own May Madness. Here are some basketball (hoops) and lacrosse (lax) nuggets to help you through the first weekend of March Madness. Hope they help you win your office pool.
Denver had been on a whirlwind victory tour since a 10-5 win against Maryland in the NCAA tournament final on Memorial Day in May. After all the pomp and circumstance, the Pioneers faced the U.S. national team in an exhibition in Bradenton, Fla., on Jan. 10 and got pummeled, 22-6. It was the kind of opening that coach Bill Tierney was looking for.
This spring was a campaign to remember for the Terps. Their 15 victories were the most in a season in the program¿s long history, and their 11-game winning streak was their longest since a 12-win run to open 1987.
It has been more than 40 years since Maryland won the national championship in men's Division I lacrosse, and the clock is still ticking. The streak will continue until the Terps find some outstanding offensive players, not just guys that fit into the system.
The Denver men's lacrosse team led Maryland, 5-3, at halfitme and the Terps did not challenge in the second half, as the Pioneers became the western-most school to win the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship.
The NCAA men's lacrosse championship drought, now numbering 40 years, is an oft-discussed topic among the players, coaches, alumni and fans, and the No. 6 seed Terps (15-3) could end the conversation by defeating No. 4 seed Denver (16-2) in the NCAA tournament final at 1 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday.
Charlie Raffa has been an important cog for the fifth-seeded Terps (14-3), who have a semifinal date with Johns Hopkins (11-6) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the NCAA Division I tournament at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
This is the first time the NCAA Division I mens' lacrosse champion will probably come from the West or Midwest region of the country. Denver and Notre Dame are both better than Johns Hopkins and Maryland.
The Mountaineers lost their first Northeast Conference game to Wagner and then the improvements began to show in the final scores. They won four straight games for the first time since 2011 and clinched a berth in the NEC Tournament after missing out last season.