Maryland goalie Niko Amato was an absolute force in net throughout the regular season and the Terps need him to play at a high level to make it to Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: Charlie DeBoyace/The Diamondback)

Terps Draw Cornell In Opening Round of Lax Tournament


 

One year removed from reaching the NCAA National Championship game as an unseeded team, the Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team received a #6 seed and will open the postseason against Cornell on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Cornell is quite a tough task for the Terps as they boast a 12-3 regular season record with wins over Yale, Penn, and Virginia. Big Red attacker Rob Pannell is one of the greatest players to ever step foot on a collegiate lacrosse field. Pannell is the all-time leading scorer in Ivy League history with 332 career points. Cornell lost in the Ivy League tournament semifinals at the hands of Princeton. They finished with a 4-3 mark against teams in the top 20 this season.

Despite falling short of the ACC tournament final, Maryland was able to rebound with a strong 18-6 thrashing of Colgate to cap off the regular season. The Terps had a very good season despite a less than stellar finish. They did beat Loyola (MD), Duke, Yale, and Virginia during the regular season. A six seed isn’t a huge accomplishment for a team that started off very strong this year. However, it’s not always about being a high seed. The Terps had a remarkable tournament run last year, despite being unseeded. They ultimately fell to Loyola (MD) in the championship game by a 9-3 mark. The Greyhounds scored the last seven goals of the game and kept Maryland scoreless for the last 40:40 of the contest. If Mike Chanenchuk and Niko Amato keep up their top-notch play, the Terps have a strong chance to move on to the next round where they could face the winner of Ohio State/Towson.

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