Today is a lacrosse day, everyone. But before we get to tonight's main event, a shoutout goes out to the Maryland women's lacrosse team, who toppled Duke yesterday to reach the WLax championship game. It was a relatively one-sided, 14-8 win for the Terps, who will take on Northwestern on Sunday in a rematch of last year's title game.
The men's team will be looking to reproduce that feat, as they too take on Duke in the Final Four tonight. They've already played the Blue Devils twice this year, losing the first game and winning the rematch a few weeks ago. It's on tonight at 6:30 on ESPN2. With the game being in Baltimore, I'm sure a lot of you will be there. Right? Right.
If you've been around here awhile, you'll know that, while a fan of lax, I'm not knowledgeable enough to comment on it. So, I'll leave that up to smarter people than me. Like ESPN's Kyle Harrison:
The Terps are really scary right now as they are just starting to believe in themselves and their ability. Ryan Young and Grant Catalino are a lethal combination, and Maryland's defense is stingy. Duke definitely has some playmakers on both sides of the ball and clearly has the experience of playing on the big stage. I'm going with Maryland in a tight one.
And Quint Kessenich:
Last week the turtles played at a snail's pace. Maryland was warned for stalling 11 times in its upset of Syracuse. Since the 1980s, no team has stalled its way to a title. It'll be easier for Duke to chase Terp ball carriers on Saturday than on Monday when the gas tanks are running on empty. Duke's coach John Danowski must weigh defensive risk with reward. "Do we chase and press on the perimeter, or play it straight up? That's the quandary," he said.
For what it's worth - not that much, but still - nine of ten of InsideLacrosse's writers are picking Maryland here. That's bordering on overconfidence from where I stand, especially given Maryland's inconsistent past and Duke's own relatively high standing, but hey, what do I know?
UVA-Denver is the opening act at 4:00. I'll be in and out throughout the day, so discuss here.