Maryland, Hopkins, Stevenson, Salisbury Keep Title Hopes Alive

May 10, 2009 | Glenn Clark

A great weekend of College Lacrosse action; with 4 teams from the state of Maryland in action at the D-1 level, and 2 state teams at the D-3 level all in Tournament action.

At the D1 level Saturday, UMBC fell to North Carolina 15-13 behind Billy Bitter’s 8 goals. Carolina will go on to face Duke in the quarterfinals, as the Blue Devils blew out Navy 14-5 after getting out to a 10-0 lead.

Better luck for Johns Hopkins, as the Blue Jays used an OT goal from “Big Shot” Brian Christopher to beat Brown 12-11 at Homewood Field. Dave Pietramala now remains undefeated in home games during the NCAA Tournament at his alma mater.

On Sunday, the Maryland Terrapins won their biggest game of the year; beating previously undefeated Notre Dame 7-3 in South Bend thanks to 9 saves from Brian Phipps (Severn HS); who is a BIG Ravens fan and attended WNST’s AFC Championship Game party in Pittsburgh. LOVE Brian Phipps at NST.

The Jays will get a chance to face Virginia on a VERY neutral field; as they will play the nation’s #1 team Sunday in Annapolis for the right to go to the Final Four. The Terps will face the nation’s #2 team Syracuse Saturday at Hofstra. I imagine there will be a less impartial crowd there (although there are MANY Maryland alums in New Jersey); but the winner of that game will also advance to Foxborough. Face-off times are not yet set; but both games will be aired on ESPNU.

At the D3 level, Saturday was historic for the Stevenson University Mustangs, who survived an 8-7 nailbiter over Cabrini. The win was the first ever NCAA Tournament victory for the Stangs. Meanwhile, Salisbury was also a winner Saturday; crushing Haverford 16-10.

This sets up a 3rd showdown between the Mustangs and the Sea Gulls; who split their two regular season matchups. Stevenson was a 12-8 winner at Salisbury on April 4; while the Gulls bounced back to beat the Stangs 13-5 just 15 days later in Owings Mills for the CAC Championship. The two teams will meet Wednesday at Caves Athletics Complex. Face-off is set for 4pm. The winner plays the Denison/Gettysburg winner Sunday for the trip to the National Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.