After No. 6 Maryland¿s 10-7 win against No. 10 Albany in College Park six days ago, Great Danes coach Scott Marr was asked whether not playing the previous weekend had played a role in his team¿s loss. A similar scenario faces the Terps (4-2), who welcome No. 12 North Carolina (5-3) to Maryland Stadium 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.
A week ago, Maryland was 1-2 and mired in a two-game losing skid after getting humbled, 9-4, by then-No. 1 Notre Dame on March 5. Coach John Tillman was peppered during his weekly conference call about the team¿s struggles, especially on offense. Since then, however, the Terps have regained their footing.
After scoring 15 goals in a season-opening victory over High Point, Maryland lumbered to an 8-5 loss at Yale on Saturday. The offense launched 34 shots thanks to winning 13 of 16 faceoffs and scooping up 33 ground balls, but the unit could forge little damage against the Bulldogs.
Late in the second quarter of Saturday¿s season opener against visiting High Point, Maryland trailed 6-3. It was a surprising development for a team that had advanced to last May¿s NCAA tournament final and is ranked fourth in the country this week. But coach John Tillman said being in a hole in the first game of the year was a good test for the Terps.
As a freshman, Matt Neufeldt only led Maryland in both ground balls (57) and caused turnovers (21). So even greater results were anticipated in 2016, which would have been the long-stick midfielder¿s sophomore year. ¿Would¿ is the key word because Neufeldt¿s campaign was sidetracked before it even began after he tore the ACL in his knee in the fall.
After getting ready for last Saturday¿s season opener against No. 16 Navy only to have it postponed until April 19 because of inclement weather, No. 4 Maryland is prepping for this Saturday¿s opener against High Point (0-1) at 12 p.m. at Maryland Stadium in College Park.
When No. 4 Maryland welcomes No. 18 Navy to Maryland Stadium in College Park for a 1 p.m. showdown Saturday, the Midshipmen will have already played two games, earning a 10-6 victory over Air Force on Saturday and playing host to No. 6 Johns Hopkins on Tuesday night.
Maryland senior defenseman Matt Dunn is the first to listen to the team¿s training staff when it comes to his recovery from foot surgery in September. But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Towson resident and Loyola Blakefield graduate is chomping at the bit to play in the Feb. 13 season opener against Navy at Maryland Stadium in College Park.
After a 12-1 start, the Terps absorbed losses to Johns Hopkins in the regular-season finale and Ohio State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The team rebounded quickly to advance to the NCAA tournament final, but ran out of steam in a 10-5 setback to Denver.
Clayton A. ¿Bud¿ Beardmore, the architect of the Terps¿ first two ¿ and only two ¿ NCAA lacrosse championships in 1973 and 1975, died Wednesday morning of complications related to Parkinson¿s at his home in Severna Park. He was 76.
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.
A move to help Maryland keep its recruiting base and its fan base strong came a few months after the initial announcement of Maryland's change of conferences, when Johns Hopkins was added to the Big Ten for men's lacrosse.
Over the years, Notre Dame and Denver have become powers and Ohio State and Albany are on the verge of becoming something special, as well. Keep an eye on Michigan now, because a school that has a large football following has the potential to become special in lacrosse.
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.
In his last three starts, Bryan Cole has recorded four goals and eight assists, and his emergence as a playmaker will be critical for Maryland (13-3) as the NCAA Division I tournament continues. The No. 6-seeded Terps will face No. 3 seed North Carolina (13-3) in Sunday's quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.