I never saw it coming. Most of the everyday columnists I talked to were picking Loyola but none saw the total domination that happened. I said last week that just getting to the final four was a tremendous achievement for this team. But then we destroyed Duke and I really thought that just maybe the 37 year drought would end. Just some comments about the weekend and the game.
Over 30,000 attended the game today which was a surprise showing for what was the Maryland State Championship. Foxboro is a great venue albeit it is in the middle of nowhere 40 minutes from Boston. This morning I grabbed the Boston Globe and was shocked to see not one article about the game. 2o articles complaining about Valentine and the Red Sox. 20 articles about the Celtics. Not one line about lacrosse.
It’s amazing the great relationship between the 2 schools. That’s why I toned down my preview of the game. Just about everyone I knew from Loyola came over to me post game (joe Boylan, Ryan Eigenbrode, and other members of the PR expressed feelings for Maryland. However, most of the other press and media guys were rooting for Loyola. What they have against Maryland I will never understand. But really, who cares.
Charley Toomey and John Tillman are truly close friends. Tillman sometimes spends the Christmas holidays with the Toomeys. They travel together often when recruiting. One had to lose and I really believe Toomey when he said he was heartsick for Tillman though ecstatic for Loyola. I asked John about playing Loyola in the future Memo-26
By light years, Loyola was the best team Maryland saw this year. It’s incredible that we won 12 of 15 face-offs, won the groundball wars yet could only dent the nets 3 times. Runkel stopped everything he had to, but it was the interior defense that did us in. Even at 5-3 at halftime I was big time worried.
My heart went out for the Terrapin Seniors led by Joe Cummings and Drew Snyder. These guys were just crushed. Sometimes you think it is better to lose a game like we lost today but I will take a 1 goal heartbreaker loss anytime. Post game press conference with Cummings, Drew Snyder, Landon Carr Memo-25
I am at a loss for words but there is just no way I will ever forget the great wins of this year. How this unranked, underappreciated team banded together and made a run to the title game that no one ever expected, is a tribute to each and every player and certainly the entire coaching staff. The 2 wins over Johns Hopkins were memorable, toss in 2 more victories over Duke, and the thrilling come from behind win over Lehigh.
Finally, a message to the Seniors—Joe Cummings, Drew Snyder, MJ Leonard, Michael Shakespeare, Pat Morrison, Tim Shaeffer—-2 quarterfinals, 2 final fours, 2 Championship games, —you have represented Terrapin nation ina terrific way–Best of luck moving forward.
See everyone in Philly in next year. Maybe we will be ranked!!!!!