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We Play On Monday.

What a game.

Maryland survived a rough and tumble contest against Denver 9-8 in the second NCAA Semifinal on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Junior midfielder Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal

for Maryland with 8:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Terps worked clock before a final flurry in the final two minutes that involved significant calls from the game’s officials.

An apparent goal from Maryland senior attackman Colin Heacock that would have given the Terps a two goal lead with 1:25 remaining was disallowed for a crease violation. On the ensuing Denver possession, junior midfielder Connor Donahue made a last ditch individual effort with seconds remaining, putting the ball in the back of the net while diving towards the cage. His goal was disallowed for a crease violation as well, and the Terps threw the ball in the air with seconds remaining to secure the victory.

Another recap:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The No. 1 Maryland lacrosse team secured its third straight trip to the NCAA Championship game after knocking off fifth-seeded Denver 9-8 in Saturday’s semifinals at Gillette Stadium. The game came down to the final possession, as the Terps held off the Pioneers to seal a one-goal victory.

“I’m really proud of our guys and excited to continue this journey onto Monday,” said head coach John Tillman. “Couldn’t be more proud of the effort and just the resolve our guys showed today against a great Denver team…I’m just happy to get two more days with our players, and we obviously have a huge challenge ahead of us. But we’re going to try to take the next couple days here to get prepared.”

Maryland advances to Monday’s Memorial Day Championship game vs. Ohio State. Faceoff is slated for 1:00 pm and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and streamed via WatchESPN.

The final two minutes of the contest proved to be crucial, as the Terps maintained a one-goal lead with possession late. Senior Colin Heacock appeared to have a diving goal at the 1:25 mark, but it was called off after the officials signaled he was in the crease.

After Denver broke a timeout, the Pioneers looked to have the tying goal after Connor Donahue made a diving effort to score. But again, the officials called a crease violation, and the Terps ran out the remaining seconds as Maryland punched its ticket to its 14th all-time National Championship game.

So the Maryland Women play for the Lacrosse National Championship tomorrow and the men will play on Monday at one o’clock for the title.

Fear the Turtle!



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