Don’t forget to check in at 6:30 to watch the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse team try to do what the woman’s lacrosse team did last night…..which was beat Duke. As a Marylander from one of the poorer counties who did not have Lacrosse growing up (though they now do), I can’t claim to be any kind of expert, but I do like to tune in for the big games, and since 2006, none have been any bigger than this.
Maryland has always had the reputation as a lacrosse school, however, success has been few and far between lately. Sure they are constantly ranked (but in Lacrosse who isn’t?) but can you believe it has been 30 some years since they have taken home the crown? The Orioles have won more recently than that! The unseeded Terps who reached the Final Four by knocking off #1 Syracuse will rely on their defense to take down the defending champion Blue Devils.
And though Duke is the reigning champ, this is hardly a Blue Devil team that can’t be beaten. Duke themselves are a little surprised to find their squad in the Final Four as they were a 5 seed who had lost 5 times during the year, including once to Maryland. Heck the whole Final Four is wide open as the University of Denver (which sounds like a made up school from Mork and Mindy) take on UVA on the other side of the bracket. So for those keeping score, the Lacrosse 2011 Final Four is 75% ACC schools. And not just ACC schools, but the two most hated rivals of the Terps.
The Terps today will be leaing on their defense and Freshman goalie Niko Amato to get them to the Championship on Monday. In the NHL it is well known that a hot goalie can carry a team to the Stanley Cup, let’s hope the same holds true for lacrosse as Amato has only allowed 11 goals in two post season games.
So if you hate Duke, and Love Maryland, and enjoy lacrosse, there is no where else for you to be tonight than in front of the TV. Let’s cheer for our Terps as they try to bring one more National Championship home to College Park. We don’t want just the lady’s to have all the fun!!