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.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, led by overall No. 1 seed Maryland, dominated the top spots in the NCAA Division I women's championship bracket announced Sunday night, with six teams among the eight seeded spots in the 26-team field.
Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player to get you better acquainted with his or her team. Today's guest is Syracuse defender Natalie Glanell, a South River graduate aiming to help the No. 2 Orange win its first national championship in her senior year.
Loyola and Notre Dame became the first two teams to lock up berths in the upcoming NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, and their entries have already begun to shape the 18-team field, which will be announced on Sunday at 9 p.m.
With its decisive Atlantic Coast Conference championship win over Syracuse, Maryland's women's lacrosse team strengthened its position at No. 1 in this week's Inside Lacrosse Brine Division I Women's Media Top 20.
Brooke Griffin tied an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament record with seven goals as top-seeded Maryland defeated fifth-seeded Virginia, 15-9, in a women's lacrosse semifinal at Boston College on Friday.
For the second straight game, Halle Majorana posted four goals as top-seeded Maryland defeated eighth-seeded Virginia Tech, 14-9, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday at Boston College's Alumni Stadium.
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.
For the fourth straight game, the No. 2 Terps went down to the final minutes Sunday against an opponent, surviving five ties before pulling away from No. 18 Virginia with five straight goals down the stretch in a 13-8 win in the final Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season matchup between the teams.
Midfielder Billy Ward scored the game-winner in the second overtime period as host No. 8 Syracuse (8-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat No. 4 North Carolina, 11-10, on Saturday, ending the Tar Heels' four-game winning streak.
Maryland, which is contesting the exit fee as it prepares to join the Big Ten Conference in July, accuses the ACC of seeking to withhold information, along with more than $20 million in shared conference revenue.
Navy's defense is often overshadowed by a high-powered offense that grabs all the headlines, but goalie Annie Foky and her stingy teammates in the back are the best Division I unit in the country at holding down the opposition.