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On To Round Two.

In case you were out of town or otherwise dealing with other things, the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament this past weekend was great.

Our beloved Maryland Terps looked like turtles in the headlights at first, but came won over a very stubborn and game squad from Robert Morris, 14-11. Maybe the pressure of being the defending champs got to the Terps, but they have to do better if they want to lift the trophy again, or even to make it to the Championship Weekend.

Maryland will play Cornell in the second round, who beat seeded Syracuse 10 – 9. Neither team looked great, but a win is a win.

Seeded Notre Dame lost to Denver 9 – 7 in a game that the Irish should have won. Fundamental play wins and loses games in any sport, and Notre Dame turned the ball over, couldn’t pick up ground balls, or make on target passes.

Facing Denver in the second round is Albany who looked really great in beating Richmond 18 – 9. Albany has great attack men who play inside, a great overall offense and a good defense. It is going to take a huge effort to beat those guys.

Round two will also have the battle of the dogs – the Yale Bulldogs who beat UMass 13 – 15 and the Loyola Greyhounds who played a sloppy, weather delayed game but beat Virgina 14 – 12. Virginia used to be a powerhouse in lacrosse and something has happened to them They are still good, but not where they used to be.

Duke crushed Villanova 17 – 11 and for their troubles will face rival Hopkins.

Hopkins beat Georgetown in the game of the weekend to advance. Hopkins scored 3 goals early only to see Georgetown answer with 8 – count ’em 8 – unanswered goals. With 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Hopkins scored to tie the game at 9 and then after a really great defensive stand in overtime, won on the sudden victory goal, 10 – 9. A great game.

Make you plans for 4 more great games of lacrosse this weekend!

Oh, and Fear the Turtle!

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