Wow, what a wild, wild afternoon of incredibly dramatic local college lacrosse!
#9 Maryland @ #1 Virginia, #7 Johns Hopkins @ #12 North Carolina and #15 Loyola v. #2 Syracuse were all absolute instant classics. Fans of the Blue Jays, Terps, and Greyhounds who had a chance to attend, or see these games on TV were treated to college lacrosse on its absolute highest level.
The only problem is… all three unfortunately came away with heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, crushing losses.
Virginia and Maryland went an astounding 7 overtimes, that’s 7 OVERTIMES! The longest game in Division I history went to the Cavs 10-9 when Brian Caroll beat Terps goalie Brian Phipps to end the epic in Charlottesville.
Only one extra session in Chapel Hill, North Carlolina was needed for the Tar Heels to eek by Hopkins 10-9, their 3rd victory in 4 seasons over Dave Pietramala’s club.
And, at the game I had a chance to attend, Loyola was unable to hold onto a 12-8 4th quarter lead against Syracuse as the defending national champions ended the game netting 6 of the last 7, including the game winning with under a minute to play .
Man, if the basketball games tonight could be anywhere near as exciting… everyone would be satisfied!