Unlike a year ago when the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team was left out of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971, nerves were not an issue when the 18-team field was unveiled Sunday night.
Home is where the Maryland men's lacrosse team wants to be for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and the No. 7 Terps might have ensured that scenario with a 12-6 victory over visiting Navy on Saturday.
Sophomore attackman Matt Kavanagh scored a goal with 6.5 seconds left in regulation to propel fourth-seeded Notre Dame to a 6-5 tournament upset of top-seeded Maryland before an announced 4,137 at PPL Park on Friday night.
Goran Murray, a junior defenseman for the No. 6 Maryland men's lacrosse team, has hawked some of the game's best attackmen, and that task figures to continue when the Terps (10-2) play No. 10 Notre Dame (6-5) in the second of two semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The first volley fired in the next chapter of the Johns Hopkins-Maryland rivalry won't come in the form of a Ryan Brown goal or a Niko Amato save. It will occur when Drew Kennedy and Charlie Raffa meet at the faceoff X.
When the Division I men's lacrosse season opened in February, the penthouse of The Sun's rankings was occupied by Duke, the 2013 NCAA champion; Syracuse, last year's runner-up; and North Carolina, a NCAA tournament quarterfinalist.
John Danowski coaches a Duke men's lacrosse program that captured last year's national championship, is 4-0, and is the top-ranked team in the country. None of that prevented him from voting for Maryland — fresh off a dismantling of 2013 runner-up Syracuse on Saturday — as his No. 1 team.
Maryland ripped off eight goals in just over four minutes in the second quarter, turning a two-goal deficit into a six-goal lead in a resounding, 16-8, victory over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.
No. 11 Maryland scored 11 goals in the first half and cruised cruising to a 16-3 thrashing of the visiting Mountaineers before an announced 1,203 at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Freshman Matt Rambo scored four goals and had two assists.
Chase Winter, who recently finished his playing career at Johns Hopkins, had four goals and an assist and was named Most Valuable Player of the Men's Open 1 championship at the Lake Placid Summit Classic in North Elba, N.Y. on Sunday.
It became a common sight on the Byrd Stadium sidelines this spring. Maryland men's lacrosse long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt would stand next to volunteer assistant coach Brian Farrell during pregame warm-ups and at halftime, seeking brief feedback, instruction or maybe even a quick laugh.
Colin Heacock, Mac Pons, Ben Pridemore will play for the South team in the All-America Lacrosse Classic at Johnny Unitas Stadium -- where the Lakers lost to Loyola in the MIAA A Conference title game in May