BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: Colin Briggs #34 of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrates his goal with teammates Chris Bocklet #10 and Steele Stanwick #6 against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on May 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Virgina Tops Maryland, 9-7, To Give Dom Starsia His Fourth Title

An underdog was going to be crowned NCAA Lacrosse champion either way, and as it turned out, it was Virginia defeating Maryland, 9-7, to give Dom Starsia his fourth title and complete a tumultuous 14 months for the program.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship: Virginia Holds Off Maryland To Win, 9-7

The Virginia Cavaliers, improbably, are the winners of the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship. The Cavaliers, who have gone through a tumultuous year beginning with the George Huguely-Yeardley Love murder situation and continuing with several key players getting dismissed from the team this season, defeated unseeded Maryland, 9-7, to give legendary coach Dom Starsia his fourth NCAA title.

Colin Briggs had five goals to lead Virginia, which was fitting because Briggs was suspended for the semifinal game against Denver for a violation of team rules. Virginia becomes the lowest seed to ever win the NCAA title.

They did it after holding off a furious Maryland rally. The Terps tied the game at 6 with a crazy sequence at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Terps scooped up a loose ball, and after a whistle, Ryan Young sped into the frontcourt and created a three-on-two opportunity that eventually ended in a goal by Brian Farrell. Farrell was pounded from behind, and still managed to get the ball in the net. One minute later, the Terps picked up another loose ball and converted on another fast break when Grant Catalino drew two defenders and found Young for a goal on the doorstep, his first of Championship Weekend.

But Virginia struck right back a couple minutes later. The Cavaliers won the faceoff, and took advantage of a Maryland defensive breakdown to score. Nick O'Reilly was double-teamed as he came out from behind the net, and nobody covered Matt White, who scored in front of the net for his second goal of the game. Four and a half minutes later, White scored again, delivering a dagger to the Terps' hearts with an overhand low shot past Niko Amato for an 8-6 Virginia lead.

Virginia kept winning faceoffs and maintaining possession, using the same kind of stall tactics the Terps used to hold off Syracuse earlier in the NCAA Tournament. Maryland finally got possession with just under three minutes left and called timeout with 2:39 left, but the Cavaliers deflected another pass and got possession. It looked like they'd stall the rest of the time away, but instead, Briggs got in front of the net and scored his fifth goal of the game to put it out of reach.

The Terps, meanwhile, still has not won an NCAA title in 35 years. Their remarkable run as an unseeded team came to an end, and this is the sixth time they lost in the NCAA title game since last winning it all.

For more coverage of the game as well as in-game discussion, visit SB Nation's college lacrosse blog College Crosse, Virginia blog Streaking The Lawn and Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship, Maryland Vs. Virginia: Terps Trail 6-4 Entering Final Quarter

The Maryland Terrapins have 15 minutes to make up a two-goal deficit in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in Baltimore. Both Maryland and Virginia scored once in the third quarter, meaning the Cavaliers have a 6-4 lead entering the final frame.

Colin Briggs gave Virginia a three-goal lead when he sped past Brian Farrell and scored a bad-angle shot with 12:18 remaining. Virginia's defense bore down until Maryland finally broke a 15-minute scoring drought with a long shot from Grant Catalino with 6:58 remaining to cut Virginia's lead to 6-4. Those were the only goals of the quarter.

The Terps could get no closer because of their own sloppiness. First, Kevin Cooper turned it over on a pass in the Virginia zone, and then Niko Amato made a rare horrible outlet pass for another turnover. The Terps will begin the fourth quarter with a man advantage after John Haldy was called for a cross-checking penalty in the closing seconds of the third.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship, Maryland Vs. Virginia: Colin Briggs Comes Alive To Lead UVA

Virginia made an adjustment and found a way to score on Maryland in the second quarter of the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Championship. Colin Briggs scored three second-quarter goals as Virginia took a 5-3 lead into halftime. 

After not scoring in the first quarter, Virginia scored five goals on eight shots in the second quarter. Briggs scored his 25th goal of the season to tie the game, and then Virginia took the lead when the Terps inexplicably left Matt White wide open in the middle of their defense. The goal was White's 18th of the season.

Maryland responded quickly to retake the lead. Jon Haus made a beautiful move to score on a long right-handed shot to tie the score, and on the ensuing possession, Owen Blye came out from behind the net and scored a lefty shot on a man advantage to give Maryland a 3-2 lead with 7:44 remaining in the first half.

But Virginia responded and took back the lead. Briggs tied the game back at 3 at the 4:24 mark, circling the net and rifling it past Niko Amato. Two minutes later, Virginia used great ball movement to get Nick O'Reilly an easy one right in front of the net. Finally, on its next possession, Briggs scored again on a long shot for a hat trick and a 5-3 Virginia lead.

Ryan Young continues to be held in check for the Terps, with no goals and no assists. He has fired two point-blank shots wide, the second of which came at the end of the half.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship, Maryland Vs. Virginia: Terps Lead 1-0 After One Quarter

It's a typical defensive slugfest in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament Championship game in Baltimore. Unseeded Maryland leads Virginia, 1-0, after one quarter in a game that has followed a similar script to all the ones Maryland has played thus far.

The Terps got on the board first after a typically long possession. Grant Catalino snuck into his favorite spot on the right-hand wing, took a pass from Jon Haus and scored his 30th of the season two and a half minutes into the contest. It looked like Virginia had tied it up with 9:37 remaining, but the Cavaliers were called for goalie interference after Niko Amato made a spectacular save on Rob Emery. 

The Terps had their chances to push ahead by even more, but it wasn't to be. Luckily, Amato remained sharp. Amato was up to the task with 5:25 left, stoning Mark Cockerton on the doorstep on a low shot. Then, he stopped Emery again, saving a jump shot right in front of the goal. On the other hand, the Terps have nine shots and only one goal to show for it.

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Maryland, Virginia Square Off In 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship

We know history will be made when Maryland and Virginia square off in the championship game of the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Memorial Day Monday at 3:30 p.m. The winner will be the lowest seed ever to take down an NCAA title, with the Terps being unseeded and the Cavaliers entering as the No. 7 seed. No team lower than the No. 5 seed has ever won the title.

Otherwise, this is a final between two traditional rivals that nobody expected to be here. The Cavaliers have not made it to the NCAA title game since 2006, while Maryland is here for the first time since 1998. Both teams weren't always perfect this season. But now, here they are, having overcome adversity along the way.

The Terps are here because of their stingy defense, which has carried them to shocking wins over top-seeded Syracuse and defending champion Duke. Virginia, meanwhile, is here just one year after George Huguely was convicted of murdering Yeardley Love in an incident that shook up the lacrosse world. This season, Virginia lost four of five before righting the ship with dominating NCAA Tournament wins over No. 2 seed Cornell and No. 6 seed Denver. 

The Cavaliers have owned the Terps over the past couple of years, winning nine of the last 11 meetings. If it happens again, they will be the champion for the first time since 2006. If Maryland can pull one more upset, it will complete arguably the most remarkable run in NCAA Lacrosse history.

For more on this game, check out Testudo TimesStreaking the Lawn and College Crosse

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2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Final: Maryland Loses To Northwestern 8-7 In National Championship Game

The Northwestern Wildcats avenged their heartbreaking lose to Maryland in the last year's national championship game, turning the tables on the Terrapins in a physical 8-7 win at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Last season, the Wilcats blew a six goal lead, allowing Maryland to earn their tenth national championship. This time around, it was Northwestern rallying from a 4-1 lead midway through the first half, tying the game 5-all at halftime, and then controlling play in a rugged, defensive second half to secure the one goal win.

The Wildcats were lead by Teewarton National Player of the Year Candidate Shannon Smith and goalie Brianne Lomonto. Smith scored four goals, giving her an otherworldly 86 on the season. She beat Maryland cageminder Brittany Dipper at the 4:36 mark with what would end up being the national title winning tally.

Terrapins star Katie Schwarzman scored for Cathy Reese's Maryland squad at the 1:15 mark, but the Terrapins were unable to generate a legitimate scoring chance the rest of the game, as Northwestern Head Coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller left the ball in the hands of star Smith to literally run out the clock (and get fouled a bunch).

This was Northwestern's eight straight championship game appearance, and the win is championship number six for the Wildcats women's lacrosse program.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Beats Duke, Advances To National Championship Game

Maryland is headed to the title game of the 2011 NCAA lacrosse tournament after defeating Duke 9-4 in the final four on Saturday night.

The Terps will face Virginia, who beat Denver earlier Saturday, in an all-ACC final. The Championship Game is at 3:30 p.m. on Monday on ESPN.

It's the Terps' 10th trip to the final game, but Maryland is seeking its first national championship since 1975. It's a painful (and, in many way, puzzling) drought for such a proud program and traditional men's lacrosse power.

Senior attackman Grant Catalino led the Terps with three goals, while junior Joe Cummings added two goals and an assist. Goalie Nick Amato made 12 saves on 16 attempts as a strong last line of defense.

"It was unbelievable," Catalino said after the game on ESPN2. "There's chills going down my back. It's unbelievable.

"I think we fed off (the crowd) as soon as we ran in here," he added. "People are behind us in this state."

The Terps beat Virginia 12-7 on April 2 in the teams' only previous meeting this season. Attackman Ryan Young had six points in that game.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four: Maryland Leads Duke 5-2 At Half

Maryland is in good shape in the second game of the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four in Baltimore, Md. The Terps lead Duke by a score of 5-2 at halftime. The winner of Saturday night's contest will meet Virginia in the National Championship game on Monday.

The Terps have been paced by a balanced offensive attack. Five different players have chipped in a goal for Maryland. Each team has had 13 shots and nine shots on goal, but the difference for Maryland has been their man between the pipes, Niko Amato.

"He was excellent," Terps coach John Tillman said on ESPN2 before heading into the locker room. "The score can be deceiving. We gave up some great shots and NIko bailed us out."

Junior Joe Cummings leads the Terps with two points (a goal and an assist) while Drew Snider, Grant Catalino, Curtis Holmes and Kevin Cooper each added one goal.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four: Virginia Beats Denver 14-8

Virginia dominated the first game of the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Final Four, beating Denver 14-8 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. The Cavaliers are headed back to the National Championship game for the first time since 2006, the program won the NCAA lacrosse title. It's their ninth trip to the final.

"It's been the theme of our season, a guy just steps up," said junior attackman Steele Stanwick on ESPN2 after the game.

The attack unit stepped up for No. 7-seed Virginia, which never appeared to be in jeopardy on Saturday evening. No one was bigger than Stanwick, who had three goals and two assists in the game. That made it a happy homecoming for the Baltimore. native.

Denver couldn't generate much offense outside of midfielder Jeremy Noble, who had three goals and an assist. The game ended the most successful season ever for the Pioneers lacrosse program. As the team made its first NCAA Final Four in program history.

Virginia will meet the winner of Saturday's late game between Maryland and Duke. That will make it all all-ACC final, and one that should be of interest to lacrosse fans and college fans in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Women Top Duke, 14-8, Advance To Championship Game

The top-seeded Maryland women's lacrosse team has advanced to the championship game of the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament, and are on the doorstep of defending their title. The Terps had little trouble in the semifinals, routing No. 5 seeded Duke, 14-8, in a game that wasn't really that close.

The Terps took a 5-2 lead at halftime, then poured it on at the beginning of the second half, scoring six of the first eight goals of the half to take an 11-4 lead with 17:48 remaining in the game. Duke got no closer than five the rest of the way,

Katie Schwarzmann and Sarah Mollison, as usual, led the way, scoring four goals each. They each kept pressure on Duke offensively, firing five and six shots on cage, respectively. Overall, the Terps doubled up the Blue Devils in shots on goal, 24-12.

The Terps will look to defend their 2010 title on Sunday when they square off against the winner of North Carolina and Northwestern at 4 p.m. Sunday. The game will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Stuns Top-Seeded Syracuse In Sudden Death

The Maryland Terrapins have advanced to the Final Four of the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament in dramatic fashion. The unseeded Terps shocked No. 1 seeded Syracuse, 6-5, in sudden death, thanks to an overtime goal by Grant Catalino. Catalino took a pass from Ryan Young and rifled a shot into the top left corner to give Maryland the win with 32 seconds left in overtime.

The Terps took the lead into the fourth quarter, scoring their fifth goal of the game on an improbable buzzer beater to end the third quarter. Young was trapped behind Syracuse's net and somehow found Scott Larue for a tip-in goal with one second remaining. But Syracuse rallied, tying the game at 5 with 1:06 remaining. 

Maryland had the first possession in overtime, but turned it over. The Orange had a golden transition opportunity to win, but Kevin Drew's shot went wide, and Maryland scored on the ensuing possession.

The Terps therefore return to the Final Four for the first time since 2006, and will play the winner of No. 4 Notre and No. 5 Duke at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore next weekend.

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2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament: Johns Hopkins Upset By Denver In Second Round

Johns Hopkins was poised to make a deep run in the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament, but instead, the Blue Jays will head home far earlier than they would have liked. The No. 3 seeded Blue Jays fell to No. 6 seed Denver, 14-9, on Saturday in the quarterfinals, falling behind early and seeing their comeback fall short.

The Blue Jays came out of the gate extremely slowly, as upstart Denver jumped all over them. A goal by Todd Baxter with 10:10 remaining in the first half, his second of the game, gave Denver a shocking 6-1 lead. Johns Hopkins cut the lead to 7-3 at halftime, then scored four of the first five goals in the second half to cut Denver's lead to 8-7 with 7:16 remaining in the third quarter. But Denver managed to respond, scoring twice in a 34-second span to regain control, and managed to run away from there.

Nine different Denver players scored in the game, led by three goals from Baxter. Kyle Wharton scored three goals to lead Johns Hopkins, who ends the year 13-3. Denver moves to 15-2 and will face off against No. 7 seed Virginia in the Final Four.

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2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Routs Princeton, 15-6, Advances To Final Four

The Maryland women's lacrosse team had little trouble with Navy in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament last weekend, and they had little trouble with Princeton this weekend as well. The top-seeded Terps advanced to the Final Four with an emphatic 15-6 win over Princeton in a quarterfinal match on Saturday.

The Terps actually fell behind 3-1 early, but took control by scoring seven goals in a row in the first half. Kristy Black, Laura Merrifield and Sarah Mollison scored three times in a 2:11 span to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and Maryland never trailed after that. The Terps led 8-4 at halftime, then scored six straight times to put the game away in the second half.

Mollison and Katie Schwartzmann had four goals apiece to lead the Terps. Goalie Brittany Dipper made 15 saves to prevent Princeton from mounting much of an offensive attack.

The Terps will next play the winner of No. 4 Florida and No. 5 Duke on May 27 at either 5 or 7:30 p.m.

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2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Dominates North Carolina, Wins First Round Match 13-6

Unseeded for the first time since 1997, the Maryland Terrapins (11-4) dominated play Sunday in their 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse first round tournament game, upsetting the #8 North Carolina Tar Heels (10-6) at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, NC.

Maryland came out energized, imposing their will in the first half. Despite just a two goal lead at 6-4, the Terps won the first half groundball war 16-4 and had a 9-3 advantage on faceoffs.

Maryland's Kevin Cooper and Owen Blye notched hat tricks, and Ryan Young added two goals and three assists for a well-balanced Terps attack. Maryland scored three or more goals in every quarter against a shellshocked North Carolina squad.

Maryland freshman goaltender Niko Amato would have been the story of the game, making 13 saves and stonewalling the Tar Heels all afternoon long. I say would've been the star because there is no denying the highlight of the game was this hidden ball trick play, leading to the Maryland goal that basically broke the spirit of North Carolina. Watch that clip a couple times, that's some pretty entertaining stuff.

Maryland now awaits the winner of Sunday evening's Syracuse/Siena tilt, with that matchup to be played next Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: John's Hopkins Pulls Away From Hofstra, 12-5

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (13-2) dominated the second half of play in their 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse first-round contest against the Hofstra Pride (13-3). Despite getting on the board first and being tied 4-4 at the half, Hofstra was no match for John's Hopkins in the second half, allowing eight goals but mustering only one tally of their own. Hopkins improved to 5-0 against Hofstra in the post season, and the Blue Jays have now won 16 straight games in the postseason, a streak that began in 1992.

Kyle Wharton and Chris Boland led the way for John's Hopkins, as they have done all year. Wharton scored three goals and added an assist, giving him 23 points in his last seven games. Boland had three assists to go along with two goals scored. Pierce Bassett was impressive in goal for the Blue Jays, stopping several point-blank Hofstra scoring opportunities throughout the game.

Hopkins continues their quest for men's lacrosse championship #10 next Saturday when they face the winner of the Denver/Villanova game. It would be nice symmetry for this John's Hopkins club to start a championship run at Homewood Field in Baltimore and finish that run back in Baltimore at M&T Bank (the home of the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Game).

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Women Rout Navy, 19-6, Advance To Quarterfinals

The top-seeded Maryland Terrapins had little trouble with Navy in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament. Four different players scored at least three times as the Terps routed Navy, 19-6, to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Terps scored the last six goals of the first half, turning a 6-2 lead into a 12-2 rout by halftime. Junior attacker Kristy Black scored the first two goals of the game, getting them within nine seconds of each other, and the blowout was on. Attacker Sarah Mollison had four goals and four assists, while Black, midfielder Laura Merrifield and midfielder Bria Phillips had three goals apiece. Midfielder Kathy Young had three goals to lead Navy.

The Terps will play either No. 8 seed James Madison or Princeton in the quarterfinals next weekend. Maryland moves to 19-1 on the year as it looks to defend last season's championship. Navy ends the season 15-6. 

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Women's Team Earns Top Overall Seed

The University of Maryland Women's Lacrosse team has been the undisputed No. 1 team in the Country for the entirety of the Lacrosse season, and as a result, they earned the top overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament. They won the National Title last year, and will face Navy in the first round on Saturday.

The matchup is particularly juicy because Navy is coached by Cindy Timchal, who led Maryland to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances and eight National Titles during her time in College Park. Although one would have to assume that her return to the University of Maryland as an opposing coach won't be nearly as pleasant. But according to the American Chronicle, Timchal is pretty excited about that matchup.

"It's great," Timchal said of the draw. "I'm excited about going there and playing the best. I think that's what it's really about. It's a great opportunity for Navy women's lacrosse. We knew sooner or later we would be playing Maryland."

We'll be covering the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, both for the Maryland Men and Women, in this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, check out our Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland Women's Team Gets Top Seed, Men's Unseeded

After a fairly inconsistent season, the University of Maryland's Men's lacrosse team enters the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament unseeded. But it is their interesting matchup in the first round that is generating most of the buzz. Despite the NCAA Lacrosse Committee's  attempts to avoid it, the University of Maryland will head to Chapel Hill in the first round to take on North Carolina. It will be the third time the two teams play this season, and the first time two conference teams will play in the first round since 2003.

Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times reports that Committee chairman Dermot Coll and the rest of the board tried to avoid the matchup, they just simply could not.

Coll cited the combination of the NCAA's two-flight suggested guideline and the competitive balance of the tournament for pairing the two ACC teams who have already played twice this season. "In my mind, it was a true [8-9] matchup," Coll said. "We prefer not to have that. Today, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to move some things around and not have that first-round game."

As for the matchup itself, it the difficulty of it is debatable. Obviously North Carolina will not be an easy test, but it is a relatively easy travel situation, and the alternative would have been traveling to Denver, which presents it's own set of problems.

We'll be covering the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, both for the Maryland Men and Women, in this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, check out our Maryland blog Testudo Times.

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