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NCAA Killing The Golden Lacrosse Egg?

Golden-Egg-Lacrosse-ROHThis weekend M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Finals.

The semi-finals are today, with #1 ranked Duke taking on #5 Denver at 1:00 PM followed by No. 7 Maryland versus No. 6 Notre Dame at 3:30 PM. At stake is a spot in the Championship game on Monday.

There is an on-going remarkable sideline to the Duke team – a team that has come all the way back from the “Duke lacrosse scandal lie.

Come Monday, Duke’s Casey Carroll hopes to play the game he loves while saluting the sacrifices he and others have made for their country. When better than Memorial Day

for a former Army Ranger to end his college lacrosse career in the NCAA championship game?

“That [scenario] would be great for so many reasons — but, of course, it’s one game at a time,” said Carroll, 29, a starting defenseman for the top-seeded Blue Devils, who play No. 5 Denver in the Division I semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. At 3:30, No. 7 Maryland plays No. 6 Notre Dame. The winners advance to Monday’s title game at 1 p.m.

Perhaps no one in this year’s Final Four would fit better on Monday’s stage than Carroll. The Baldwin, N.Y., native graduated in 2007, a first-team All-American with one year of eligibility remaining. Instead, he joined the Army and served four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite volunteer combat unit, before returning to Duke for graduate school and one last fling at lacrosse. He prepared to come back for last season, but a torn anterior cruciate ligament pushed back his return to 2014.

Forget Carroll’s age — he’s 10 years older than some teammates — or the fact that he hadn’t played in 2,447 days. He started Duke’s opener, a 16-10 win over Jacksonville, and earned honors as Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

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Terps Beat Duke.

Maryland-Duke-Metal-ROHWe haven’t commented much on lacrosse this year but it is back in full force.

Yesterday our beloved Maryland Terps took on the Duke Blue Devils at College Park. Coming into the game, Duke was ranked number one in the nation and with the Terps ranked second.

Going out of the game, Duke won’t hold onto their top ranking as the Terps beat Duke 10 – 6.

Over the past few years, Maryland has had a great defense. Saturday was no different.

Maryland (4-0, 2-0 ACC) scored seven straight goals and held the Blue Devils (4-1, 0-1 ACC) scoreless for 26:26 starting in the middle of the second quarter until the fourth quarter.

That is nearly two quarters without allowing a really good Duke offense to score. As a friend sometimes says, “that’s ‘pert darn amazing.”

It was small things that Maryland did right that give them the big advantage in this game. While they lost the face-off battle 11 to 8, they countered that by causing 10 turnovers. They also outshot the Blue Devils 44 to 36, and collected 32 groundballs to Duke’s 26.

“We got five extra possessions off the ride,” said Maryland coach John Tillman. “That’s almost a half quarter of offense. You add that in with winning the groundball war in the second half, now all of a sudden you are looking at an extra quarter.”

What is even more amazing and perhaps exciting if you are a Maryland fan is that last week Maryland traveled north to Syracuse and beat the then number one Syracuse Orange 16 – 8 up in the Carrier Dome where Syracuse is nearly invincible. That game included a stretch where Maryland held the ‘Cuse scoreless as the Terps went on an 8 – 0 goal run.
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One Step Closer….

If one looked at the scores of the NCAA Lacrosse Semi-Finals today, they would have seen finals of 7 – 5 and 16 – 10.

Knowing the styles of the teams, one would have thought the the score of the Loyola vs. Notre Dame game was 16 – 10, and the Maryland vs. Duke game was 7 – 5.

As it turned out, one would be wrong.

Somehow in the past week, the Maryland team was taken over by pod people and ran the Duke Blue Devils out of the stadium 16 – 10. You read that right. Maryland scored 16 goals in a game. Maryland had scored 16 goals twice previously this year: 16 goals against Marist and 17 against Georgetown. With all due respect to those fine schools, neither are Duke.

The 16 goals Maryland put on the board against Duke was the most Duke had allowed all year.

We were shocked.

Maryland took 29 shots and scored 16 times. That is an obscene 53% scoring rate.

Maryland now faces in state rival Loyola on Monday at 1 PM.

No matter what, the lacrosse champions will be from the Free State and can celebrate with steamed crabs.

We here at Raised on Hoecakes wish to congratulate Loyola on their fine season and reaching the finals. However, we sincerely hope they lose and our beloved Terps will be crowned champions.

Fear the Turtle!



Living Large As A Turtle.

WOO HOO!

After the radio show yesterday we scooted on home and watched the recording of the Maryland vs. Hopkins NCAA lacrosse quarterfinal game.

Final score: Maryland 11 Hopkins 5.

On to the semi-finals!

Maryland played a type of game that lacrosse fans do not like. The Terps slowed the pace down while incurring 13 stall warnings for the game. Lacrosse is known as the “fastest game on two feet,” but the game seemed a little more like the “fastest games turtles play.” How slow was the game? Not only did Maryland receive all those stall warnings, Hopkins had only 16 shots, the lowest total in its NCAA Tournament history that spans 40 years and 99 games.

But this game was more than just about the pace.

Unofficial time-of-possession stats, according to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times, had Maryland with a roughly 2-to-1 advantage, thanks to the Terps winning the groundball (26-15), face-off (12-8 and turnover (Hop had 14 to UM’s 10) battles.

Additionally, Hopkins cleared just 14-of-21, down from their 89% rate on the season.

This was the Maryland team fans had wanted to see all year. Their passes were crisp and on target. Best of all the defense, led by goalie Niko Amato, were outstanding. Hopkins is a little deeper and more talented than Maryland, and the Maryland defenders never let the Hopkins’ offense breathe.

It is a good day in Turtleland.
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Sacrifices.

Today we’ll be back on the air as part of the Steve Bussey Radio Experience on WMEL between 2 and 4 PM EDT. You can catch the show locally, on the internet, or even on your smartphone. With so many ways of listening, it is inexcusable if you don’t. Give us a call at (321) 631-1300 and sound off on what you think.

Unfortunately, the show takes place on the same day of the NCAA Quarterfinals games in lacrosse. The two games today at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland are my beloved Maryland Terps playing rival Johns Hopkins at 12:00 noon. The second game is Denver and number one seed Loyola at 2:30 PM.

Of course, the times means that we will be at the radio station while the games are being played.

We hope you understand the depths of our sacrifices to bring you a quality radio show.

On Sunday, the games shift north to Philadelphia with defending champion Virginia playing Notre Dame at noon, and Colgate playing Duke at 2:30 PM.

But for us, the big game is Maryland vs. Hopkins.

Last week, Hopkins stomped all over Stony Brook 19 – 9, in a game that was more of a blowout then the score reflects.

The Maryland vs. Lehigh game last Saturday was much closer. After racing out to a 6-1 lead, Lehigh came storming back to lead 8 – 6 at the start of the fourth quarter. Maryland came back to tie the game at 9 – 9 with 6:42 laft in the game.
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Terps vs Devils – The ACC Lacrosse Tournament Begins.

Today the ACC Lacrosse Tournament begins with our beloved #8 ranked Maryland Terrapins taking on the #3 ranked Blue Devils of Duke at Klockner Stadium on the University of Virginia campus.

Maryland beat Duke earlier this year 10 – 7 at a game that was played in College Park. It is fair to say that both teams barely resemble the teams that faced off against each other that April Saturday.

Duke has won their last 8 straight and is definitely on a roll. Maryland has struggled this year and seems to generally play to the level of their competition. Last week’s win against Johns Hopkins was not only a much needed victory, but finally the defense managed to play a complete game, holding Hopkins to only one goal in the second half. Maryland is going to have to play that well against the Blue Devils to come away with a victory in today’s game.

The game begins at 5:00 PM, and can be seen on ESPNU, as well as being heard on WMUCSports.com. The game can also be followed using Gametracker, so you can follow the game surreptitiously while at work. Just don’t tell your boss that we told you do so.

The nightcap (also known as the JV game – JUST KIDDING!) has North Carolina taking on Virginia. Both teams are ranked and this too should be a good game that you can watch on ESPNU.

Enjoy the games and remember to Fear the Turtle!



Fear The Turtle!

The #10 ranked Maryland Terrapins traveled north along I-95 to visit their in-state rivals, the #3 ranked Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins. In front of a sold out crowd at Homewood Field, the Terps trailed 5 – 3 at halftime and 6 – 3 0:54 seconds into the third quarter.

Yet somehow Maryland managed to do what they had not done all season: play defense for all four quarters of the game.

Maryland has three losses on the season and in those three losses, the Terps have given up an average of 5 goals in the fourth quarter alone.

Today would be different.

Maryland clamped down on the potent Hopkins’ offense and held the Blue Jays without a goal the remainder of the game.

The play of the game was made when the Terps were leading 7 – 6 with roughly 5:00 left in the game. After the officials issued a stall warning against Hopkins, the Blue Jays had a brain cramp and brought the ball out of the offensive box, resulting in the ball being given to Maryland.

What happened next is one of the reasons we love lacrosse.
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Still Fearing The Turtle.

We have been busier than a one armed paper hanging cat in a room full of rocking chairs this past week, but we would be remiss if we didn’t bring up our beloved Maryland Terps lacrosse team.

Coming off a loss to UMBC, the Terps bounced back last Saturday with a good win against Marist, 17-4.

To be honest, it is a game the Terps should have won and they did. We hope this is an indication the Terps are on their way of not playing down to the competition as they did last year and against UMBC this year.

The Terps followed the Marist win up with a convincing win against Villanova, 11-5. The Terps are now 5-1 on the season.

Maryland raced out to a 7-0 lead, holding Villanova scoreless until 4:50 of the second quarter. That is the type of defense you want to see from a team that is vying for a championship.

Up next for the Terps is ACC rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The game is this Saturday and will be televised on ESPNU at noon.

In related lacrosse news, the Florida Legislature failed to pass SB266, which would have designated car racing as the state sport of Florida. We will be writing our representatives to introduce the fastest growing sport – lacrosse – as the state sport.

If they have any sense, they will pass that bill.

Fear the Turtle!



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