Connor Cannizzaro, a transfer from Maryland, had four goals and an assist to lead No. 1 Denver (12-1, 5-0 Big East Conference) to a 14-11 victory over No. 18 Marquette (9-4, 4-1) to win its third straight Big East regular-season title in men's lacrosse.
While the other top Division I teams play in their conference tournament this week or next, the independent Blue Jays have finished their regular season and have nothing to do but practice and wait to see if they earn a berth in the NCAA tournament. The selections will be announced on May 8 at 9 p.m.
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.
Facing a 6-3 deficit early in the third quarter, No. 5 Maryland scored seven straight goals to overcome No. 18 Rutgers, 11-8, in a pivotal game in the Big Ten Conference before an announced 4,101 at Maryland Stadium on Saturday.
Five weeks remain in the college lacrosse regular season and it's time to take stock on who to buy, sell or hold. It's during these five weeks where players and teams step up for the postseason. Are the top players ready to lead? Are the teams that have surprised to this point for real?
March Madness is a time when Under Armour and other fitness apparel and footwear companies battle for the reflected glow of fans' intense college loyalties. The brands are betting that fans will heed the subtler images displayed on the uniforms of NCAA basketball tournament teams: Under Armour's interlocking "UA," Nike's swoosh, the three stripes of Adidas.
Several coaches who've watched the league closely — including one Hall of Famer who's coached in the league and one who has taken his lumps coaching in it the past two years — were surprised by some of the Big Ten teams' seedings.
Johns Hopkins enjoys a commanding 39-4 advantage in this series, but Towson won last year¿s meeting by a score of 7-5, snapping a 19-game losing skid. The Tigers are seeking only their third sweep of the Blue Jays, Loyola Maryland and UMBC, but Johns Hopkins has not lost to Towson at home since April 17, 1996 ¿ a span of nine consecutive games.
Led by senior forward Jake Layman¿s incredibly hot start, the Terps seemed to be headed to an easy victory before the Cornhuskers, playing their third game in as many days, cut a 25-point deficit to six before Maryland held on for a 97-86 victory.
Mikey Wynne (St. Paul's) scored three of his four goals in the fourth quarter to help the No. 1 Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pull away from No. 8 Maryland, 9-4, at the Pacific Coast Shootout on Saturday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The Mountaineers had dropped 16 of the last 17 meetings with the Hoyas. On top of that, they hadn't beaten Georgetown in the nation's capital since May 4, 1991. That streak of eight consecutive road losses came to an abrupt end Tuesday evening as Mount St. Mary's stunned the host Hoyas, 11-8, before an announced 517 at Cooper Field.
Brionna Jones scored 20 points, and No. 6 Maryland overwhelmed Michigan in the second half to pull away for a 76-56 victory. The Terps (24-3, 13-2 Big Ten) fell behind by nine points in the second quarter and 30-29 at halftime ¿ only the third time this season Maryland trailed at the break.
With three weeks left until the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis, the standings appear to be sending the same message as the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders -- an uprising by the middle class. In this case, that charge is coming from an unlikely middle grouping made of perennial league front runners Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State.