I can’t tell you how important Hopkins’ win over Hofstra was yesterday.
With the win, we are now guaranteed that a school from the state of Maryland will go to the Final Four in Foxborough. Navy will play Hopkins next Saturday in Annapolis, that winner advances to the national semifinals.
Maryland could also go to the Final Four with a win over Virginia, but that will be much more difficult.
I was streaming UMBC/Virginia tonight (Gary Stein was one of the best people I’ve worked with in Baltimore); and every time I was reminded that a Virginia player was from the state of Maryland; I wanted to scream.
It is vital that a local team be in the Final Four if for no other reason than to help keep local talent local. Maryland produces the best lacrosse players in the world. It would be nice if they would play college ball here instead of going to Charlottesville, Durham, New Jersey, etc.
Right now, I’ll say Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, and Navy go to Gillette Stadium.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:
Nestor Aparicio says no defending Quiroz’s hitting
The Official Site’s Mark Dent says Bannister stellar as Royals shut out Birds
The Official Site provides numerical evidence of loss
The Official Site’s Mark Dent says Cintron called up, McCrory sent down
The Official Site’s Mark Dent says Walker keeping positive attitude despite recent struggles
Royals Official Site’s Max Utsler says KC gets first win in last 13 vs. Orioles
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds remain positive despite swing ending loss
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says R. Hernandez concerned about wrist injury
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds get just 2nd scheduled day off since April 2 today
The Sun’s Bill Free says Terrero hottest hitter on farm
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko expected more power from Scott
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Birds stuck with Walker
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says Rowell heating up on farm
The Examiner’s Michael Olesker says Brooks deserves statue in Baltimore
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says despite loss, trip to KC straightened Birds’ course
Washington Post’s Marc Carig says Cintron will come off bench for now
Kansas City Star’s Sam Mellinger says Bannister snaps personal losing streak as well
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens using former WMU Hoops player Reitz, former FSU QB Lee in depleted TE corps
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says three receiver feature set possible for Ravens
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Mason impressed with Flacco’s arm strength
The Sun’s Don Markus says Daniels, Ross battling Rice for backup job
The Sun’s Don Markus says McGahee practiced; Heap, Washington, Walker, etc sat yesterday
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says 52 won’t talk contract
Aaron Wilson says Barnes ready to break out
Aaron Wilson says Flacco catching on quickly
The Official Site says Big Brown jogs soggy Churchill track yesterday
The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Kentucky Bear owner wanted horse in Baltimore early
Washington Post’s Andrew Beyer says Eight Belles tragedy raising safety causes in sport
Washington Times’ Ryan O’Halloran says surface issue at Pimlico, elsewhere in sport
The Official Site says Rabil’s four goals advance Jays to quarterfinal showdown at Navy
Inside Lacrosse’s Geoff Shannon says Rabil proved Tewaaraton worthiness
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jays make 18th straight national quarterfinal
The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht says Rabil continues dominance
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Jays dominate throughout opening round win
Washington Post’s Christian Swezey says Jays avenge earlier loss to Hofstra
The Official Site says Dogs suffer ‘agonizing’ defeat at Virginia to end season
The Sun’s Whitelaw Reid says Dogs blew two goal lead in 2nd half
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Glading’s four goals move Cavs past Retrievers
WASHINGTON COLLEGE LACROSSE:
The Official Site says Sailors advance to DIII quarters with win over Lynchburg
The Examiner’s Andrew Vitelli says Terps picked right game to learn to come from behind
The Examiner’s Jon Gallo says Mids used Academy ‘intangibles’ to beat Heels
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Admiral would have gone to NBA after graduation if he had option
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I don’t take much from 3 of 4 against the Royals. This is still an awful baseball team.
-I enjoy the excitement John Harbaugh is bringing; but if the Ravens are 3-6 and Haloti Ngata is lining up on the offensive side of the ball; I might wish the team was working harder on run stopping during minicamp.
Talk to you tomorrow.