Terrapins Advance To Championship Game With 9-4 Rout Of Blue Devils Before 45,000

Some observations of one of the most enjoyable games I have ever been to:

—Terrapin Nation was out in full force and certainly inspired the entire team. Chills wewt up and down my spine as the state flag lead the tean on the field.

— Let’s get one thing straight: Duke is not our rival in lacrosse. Johns Hopkins is, was and always will be.

—I thought Joe Cummings presence was crucial tonight as the defense had to deal with him thus leaving Grant a little more open

—Seemed it was 60,000 there for the 2nd “neutral game” Were any Duke fans there?

—“Maryland was too physical, too strong, and too athletic today. And I think it showed.” Coach Danowski

—“It was tough to match their emotion,” said Duke middie David Lawson, who netted a goal in the contest. “They kind of dominated us physically.”

—Ironic–2 semifinal wins over Duke Men’s and Women’s

—Maryland will play it’s 8th ACC game on Monday

—Coach Pietramala has to be upset after watching the thrashing of Denver by UVA, the Terps championship opponent.

—Some of the many Terrapin fans I saw at the pre game Terrapin Club event—Dr Loh, AD Kevin Anderson, Mike and Ruth Farrell (parents of Brian and Annie on the Lady Terps experiencing the weekend of their lives), Bob Burns, Frank Urso, Greg Enloe, Troy Wainwright, Dave Cottle,

—From Inside Lacrosse.com “The crowd can’t be understated in this one. For those that wondered if the Maryland contingent would show up, the answer tonight was a resounding yes. The decidedly pro-Terp crowd exploded with excitement for every goal, every big hit, every key play.”

—Much more on the game tomorrow:    Here is the summary from umterps.com

senior Grant Catalino’s scored three goals and the Terps’ defense limited the No. 5 seed Duke Blue Devils to just four goals in Maryland’s 9-4 victory in the semifinals of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament Saturday evening at M&T Bank Stadium.  The Terps (13-4) advance to the championship game and will play another ACC rival as No. 7 Virginia upset No. 6 Denver, 14-8, in the first semifinal game. The Terps will be appearing in the NCAA title game for the first time since 1998, while the Cavaliers are making their first championship-game appearance since 2006.

Maryland and Virginia will face-off at 3:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN HD.



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