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.
An in-depth preview will be posted later in the week!