As we had noted previously, the Terps had gone down to Tobacco Road and in successive games, beat the University of North Carolina and then Duke University for the ACC Championship. The Terps were set up perfectly for a home game in the NCAA tournament with a chance to play in the NCAA Championship game in their own back yard at the MB&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore over Memorial Day weekend.
They had one game left. They were to host #17 Colgate this past Saturday at Byrd Stadium. It was senior day. They were playing in front of their home fans. They had everything to play for.
And of course they promptly went out and gagged up a hair ball, losing to Colgate 10 – 8.
The consequences of that loss are immense and can be seen in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament pairings. (A bracket in pdf format can be found here.)
Instead of hosting a home game in the first round, the Terps get to travel to the University of North Carolina to play the Tar Heals in the first round. This is the same team that the Terps beat two weeks ago, and who is ranked below the Terps in both polls.
If the Terps beat Carolina, who are coming off a good win against Notre Dame, the Terps play top seed and top ranked Syracuse University in the second round.
This is not what I had hoped for.
Fear the Turtle!