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Terps To “Purple Out” Against Duke Today.

Our beloved Maryland Terps take on Duke today at 1:00 PM at Byrd Stadium. The #5 ranked Terps (2-0) will be facing the #8 Duke Blue Devils (3-1) in what is the ACC opener for both teams.

To say the Maryland – Duke rivalry is heated is an understatement. The two teams and schools flat out don’t like each other so the game has more intensity than usual.

Also ratcheting the emotional level up will be the Terps will be wearing purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, as well as in memory of the mother of former Terp team captain Ryan Young, Maria Young. On April 17 of last year, Young lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Through it all, she was a supporter of the Maryland lacrosse team who in return came to know and love her as that “team mom.” When she passed away, the team rallied and dedicated the season to her.

The team continues to honor her memory as well as others who have been affected by this disease by wearing purple, the “color” of pancreatic cancer.

If you are not in the area of College Park, you can catch the game on ESPN3.com.

Fear the Turtle!



It Starts Again.

It starts again.

This is the first big weekend of the NCAA lacrosse season. For us, the lacrosse is as great as the spring in which it is played. Great games, great players, great plays, great rivalries.

The fastest sport on two feet.

For you, the gentle reader of this blog, the good news is that we will keep you informed on the lacrosse season as it progresses. We will also keep track here of our beloved Maryland Terps.

For you, the gentle reader of this blog, the bad news is that we will keep you informed on the lacrosse season as it progresses. We will also keep track here of our beloved Maryland Terps.

In other words, if you love sports and don’t like lacrosse, shame on you. (Just kidding. Sort of.)

Maryland is ranked in the top 10 of both the media poll (8th) and the coaches’ poll (7th.) While that is outstanding the fact of the matter is the other 3 ACC teams participating in lacrosse are all ranked about the Terps. Above the Terps sit North Carolina, perennial powerhouse Duke, and the top ranked Cavaliers of the University of Virginia.

It is going to be a tough year, but that is always the way it is.
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Quick Hits

We’re back with another version of “Quick Hits,” where items of interest that cannot support full posts are brought to your attention.

Quick Hit #1: First up is the last mention my beloved Maryland Terrapins Lacrosse team for this year. On Memorial Day, the Terps lost to ACC rival Virginia 9 – 7 in the NCAA Division I Championship game.

That just plain ol’ sucks.

Congratulations to the Wahoos and their fans. Congratulations to the Terps for a season that ended a few goals short of a championship, but was much brighter than expected.

Fear the Turtle!

Quick Hit #2:
On Tuesday, May 31st, we mentioned how the British had become so politically correct that they decided to ban certain German uniforms from World War II re-enactments. One wonders where such political correctness comes from until one reads this:

Boys, 7, told: Playing guns is ‘too threatening’

TEACHERS told off two seven-year-old boys playing an army game – because it was “threatening”.

The lads were spotted making gun shapes with their hands.

Staff also told the pupils’ parents to reprimand them. The dad of one of the boys said: “This is ridiculous. How can you tell a seven-year-old boy he can’t play guns and armies with his friends.

“We were told to tell our son he cannot play ‘guns’ anymore.

“The teacher said the boys should be reprimanded for threatening behaviour, which would not be tolerated at the school.” The boys attend Nathaniel Newton Infants in Nuneaton, Warwicks.

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All ACC Final! Fear the Turtle!

On Monday, at 3:30 PM, two ACC teams will play for the NCAA Division I Championship in lacrosse.

This is after the University of Virginia spanked Denver University 14 – 8 today. The score was closer than the game.

Virginia will play the winner of the Duke / Maryland game which starts in a few minutes.

Fear the Turtle!

UPDATE: It is all over! My beloved Terps are going to play in the National Championship game against Virginia on Monday. Maryland defeated Duke 9 – 4 in a game where the Maryland defense was simply overwhelming. Throw in a Grant Catalino hat trick, and you have all the ingredients for a Maryland win.

Forty five thousand, thirty nine people were in the stadium and it should be more on Monday.

Maryland vs. Virginia for all the marbles in two days.

FEAR THE TURTLE!



Fear the Turtle – Final Four Edition

And it comes to this.

Tonight at 6:30 PM in MB&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, my beloved Maryland Terps face off against ACC rival Duke in the 2011 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championships.

What’s at stake? Just a place in the finals. A shot at the championship. An opportunity to raise the trophy and shout “we’re number one!”

No pressure.

The Terps and Blue Devils have gone at it twice this year, with Duke winning 9 – 8 in overtime in early March and the Terps beating Duke for the ACC tournament title 11 – 9 a month ago.

Maryland played a very slow style of lacrosse last week and were called for 11 stalling warnings. While I am not a fan of teams holding the ball like they did, it showed a discipline that I didn’t think they possessed. I hate slow lacrosse – absolutely hate it – but I love the fact that Maryland won.
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Breaking News! Fear of the Turtle Lives!

With 33 seconds remaining in overtime, Grant Catalino scored to send my beloved Terps into the semi-finals in Baltimore next weekend. Syracuse scored twice late in regulation to tie the game, but the winner by Catalino made the final 6 – 5 Maryland.

Fear the Turtle!!

UPDATE: Duke defeated Notre Dame 7 – 5 to advance to play the Terps next Saturday.
The semi finals are set: Maryland vs. Duke and Denver vs. Virginia.
That’s three ACC teams in the Final Four.




Fear The Turtle – Quarter Finals Edition

And so it continues.

Today my beloved Terps take on the Syracuse Orange in the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship Quarter Finals up in Foxboro, Massachusetts .

Yikes.

Syracuse is ranked number one in the country and are the top seed for the tournament. They have lost just one game this year and that was to Cornell back in mid-April.

They are good.

Really good.

This game is going to depend upon which group of turtles show up. If it is the turtles that played in the ACC Tournament and beat North Carolina last week, the Terps will win. If it is the bale of turtles that played like petrified manure against Colgate, the Terps are done.

If Maryland plays their best, I don’t think it matters what Syracuse does. If not, then the season for the Terps is over.

Quint Kessenich of Inside Lacrosse breaks the game down this way:
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Terps Win! Fear the Turtle! Round 1 Edition

UPDATED WITH VIDEO OF THE BEST GOAL YOU’LL NEVER SEE

After scoring 13 goals combined in the first two games against Carolina, my beloved Terps scored 13 today alone on their way to a 13 – 6 win over the Tar Heels. Niko Amato was brilliant in goal stopping 13 of 27 shots.

The best goal of the game was one that you will never see. It was a goal that the announcers, the cameramen and the North Carolina defense never saw. Defensemen Brian Ferrell had raced down into the offensive end and appeared to flip the ball to Grant Catalino. Ferrell dropped his head and appeared to be trotting back to the defense while Catalino, without the ball in his stick, cradled hard and ran down the left alley. The cameras, the announcers and most importantly the North Carolina defense followed Catalino while Ferrell has now passed the ball to attackman Owen Blye on the right hand side of the field. Blye buries the ball in the goal. When the whistle blows, the entire defense stops as if to say “what? Why the whistle?” when in fact the ball in in the back of the goal.
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