In addition to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, College Park plays host to the first round of the men’s tournament on Sunday when Cornell faces Maryland.
The Terps are seeded at #6, but have struggled since their undefeated start ended seven weeks ago at the hands of North Carolina. Poor showings against UNC, Johns Hopkins and Virginia, as well as less-than-stellar victories against Navy and Yale, have raised concerns about how far this team can go.
Last Saturday, the Terps scored their biggest win since February in an 18-6 blowout against Colgate, and they hope to carry some momentum from that victory into the NCAA tournament.
But Cornell will be no easy victim. The Big Red have been held to fewer than 10 goals just once all season, while Maryland has failed to reach that milestone five times in their last seven games.
The teams are prepped for a 1:00 p.m. start on Sunday, and ESPN2 will televise the game. But, as always, students who are still on campus and need a break from final exam preparations are encouraged to come out and help cheer the Terps on to the NCAA quarterfinals.
The winner of Sunday’s contest will face either Ohio State or Towson on Saturday, May 18.
Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium hosted the 110th installment of what is widely considered the greatest college lacrosse rivalry, which also happened to be Maryland’s 1,000th game in program history.
Most of the scoring came in the first quarter. Hopkins midfielder John Ranagan scored twice in the first ten minutes, helping the Jays to a 3-2 lead after the field period. Johns Hopkins added another goal to their lead in the second quarter.
Hopkins had a little more luck than Maryland with their shooting, but they also seemed to play more physical than the Terps. The few times Maryland matched the Jays’ intensity, it seemed to be more out of frustration.
Maryland junior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk tried to keep us in the game. He scored 2 goals and assisted on another, bringing his season totals to 15 goals and 10 assists through 10 games.
The Terps entered the game ranked #1 in the nation while Hopkins was ranked #15. The Jays held Maryland to just 4 goals, half of their season-low heading into today, in their 7-4 victory. It was Maryland second loss of the season. North Carolina beat the Terps, 10-8, in College Park three weeks ago.
Yale visits next Saturday at noon and then the Terps head to Chapel Hill for the ACC Tournament, where they will face Virginia in the first round on Friday, April 26.