On the men’s side, No. 8 Syracuse and No. 6 Loyola Maryland will kick off the weekend’s first-round action of the NCAA tournament, while No. 9 James Madison and No. 14 Stony Brook will meet in the first round of the playoffs on the women’s side.
Also, the Loyola Maryland women have a sharpshooter in Sam Fiedler, Kelly Larkin keeps racking up achievements for the Navy women, and the transition from the Johns Hopkins women’s midfield to attack has been smooth for Nicole DeMase.
Lacrosse star Hannah Leubecker is homeschooled, honing her craft largely at the club level while spurning offers from several traditional powerhouses. Next season, she will become the first homeschooled recruit for Maryland under 13th-year coach Cathy Reese.
The Mountaineers’ 7-6 loss to No. 2 seed Wagner in Saturday’s Northeast Conference tournament final means three of the league’s last four regular-season champions have been denied a trip to the NCAA tournament.
On the men’s side, No. 2 Yale and No. 9 Cornell will clash in one semifinal of the Ivy League tournament, while No. 5 Northwestern and No. 7 Michigan will tangle in a semifinal of the Big Ten tournament on the women’s side.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank gave a pep talk before Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball championship game to the players of Texas Tech — the Baltimore-based athletic brand’s first sponsored team to make it to the final game.
Also, the Maryland women are looking to solve one irksome issue, an attackman not named Jared Bernhardt is leading the Maryland men in assists, and the Frostburg State men are off to a 4-1 start under new coach Steve Gartelman.