Maryland lacrosse just made quite the statement. Left unseeded by the NCAA Tournament selection committee despite winning the ACC, the Terps had to travel to fellow ACC member UNC in the first round of the NCAAT. They responded with an dominating 13-6 win over the Heels, turning out what might've been their best performance of the year.
Freshman goalie Niko Amato and a perfectly-executed hidden-ball trick were the highlights of the game, in which the Terps never trailed. Maryland will meet up with the winner of top-seeded Syracuse and Siena, which will be played later tonight.
Both Kevin Cooper and Owen Blye notched hat-tricks for the Terps. But the most impressive individual performer might've been Niko Amato, the freshman goalie who's been playing at an elite level all year. He made around 15 saves (not sure of the exact number), and was terrific in the second half. Three more years of Amato is a pretty ridiculous thought; his potential is off-the-charts.
But if there was a single moment from the game that stood out, it was without a doubt a trick goal scored by the Terps in the late 3rd quarter. They pulled out the ol' hidden ball trick. It's a play that, if you've never seen, is tough to describe. As such, I'll let these guys do it for me. I'll update with a direct rip video when I can find it.
Maryland lax might be unseeded, but they're without a doubt one of the most dangerous teams in the country. The game against #1, once-defeated Syracuse (if they are indeed the opponent) will be appointment TV.