Defending national champion Maryland pulled away in the second half and advanced to its fifth consecutive championship weekend with a 13-8 win over Cornell on Sunday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the NCAA quarterfinals. The top-seeded Terrapins improved to 14-3, while the Big Red’s season came to an end after a 13-5 campaign.
Maryland scored the game’s first three goals and outscored the Big Red 5-0 in the decisive third quarter to open up a close game and a pair of long scoring droughts did in one of the nation’s most efficient offenses. The Terps’ defense held the Big Red scoreless over the first 19:18 of the game, then went another 22:20 without surrendering a score – including the first 19:40 of the second half. The lead grew to as much as eight at 12-4 before the unseeded Big Red chipped away and got back within 12-8 with six minutes remaining on the strength of four consecutive goals.
Cornell is set to battle No. 1 Maryland in the quarterfinals of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament with a berth to championship weekend on the line when the team’s meet at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The Big Red is making its 21st trip to the national quarterfinals after posting a gritty 10-9 victory over the eight-seed Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Cornell (13-4) has won 10 of its last 11 contests, and has been relying on its defense recently, holding four of its last five opponents to single-digits.
The Terrapins are the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season. Maryland (13-3) responded to a 13-10 loss to Johns Hopkins in the B1G championship game by defeating Northeast Conference champion Robert Morris, 14-11, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The two teams have met five times in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, with Cornell holding a 3-2 advantage after the Terps won the last outing, 8-7, in 2014. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and online at www.ESPN3.com with Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Quint Kessenich (analyst), and Paul Carcaterra (sideline) on the call. The game can also be heard at www.WHCUradio.com or locally on WHCU 870 AM/95.9 FM with Barry Leonard and Howie Borkan in the broadcast booth.
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