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Me(h)n's Lacrosse Falls in ACC Tourney; Baseball Grabs an Important Win in Durham

This write up is a bit late tonight because I was attending the Women’s Baskeball Team Banquet and wanted to squeeze in the WLAX recap before I headed over there. The baseball team got a big 1-0 win over Duke while men’s lacrosse, shall we say, disappointed in their 13-6 loss to Virginia in the semi final of the ACC Tournament.

Let me start with lacrosse. First, I want to point out that yes, Virginia did come in to the ACCT with a losing record at 6-7 and, yes, Maryland came in as the top seed so expecting a Terp win was reasonable. However, UVA did play the toughest schedule in the country, did lead the country in ground balls, had the nation’s leading scorer, and had three one goal losses. Because I was at the banquet, I only saw the first half of the game on television. Because the Terps lost and by the final score didn’t seem to improve their play in the second half, I didn’t watch the replay. Finally, because Maryland’s performance was decidedly meh, I’m not planning a detailed review. What I saw in the first half was a good Virginia team playing with passion, purpose, and a bit of desperation facing a Maryland team that looked to be missing all of those elements. Virginia had to win to keep their NCAA hopes alive. The Terrapins didn’t. There have been comments on some previous posts about a stagnating Maryland offense and what I saw in the first half was far from sharp committing 8 turnovers for the half and 18 for the game. The Terps were outshot 22-8 in the first half and defensively (and this is a real disappointment) were not providing Amato much help on defense. As fans we can only hope that Coach Tillman can push the button that returns Maryland to their early season form.

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Across the road in Durham, it looked as though the Terps had left their bats (or at least their ability to score) in Towson. After Wednesday’s 16 run explosion against the Tigers, Maryland managed to put up only a single run against the Blue Devils. Fortunately for Terrapin fans, that single run was all Jimmy Reed needed as he shut Duke down on five hits as the Terps secured the 1-0 win.

Both teams went three up and three down in the first and each got a hit in the second. Maryland’s was a leadoff double from Kevin Martir who went to third on a sac bunt by Greg Olenski but was stranded there as Jack Cleary ground out to third and Anthony Papio struck out. The Terps had another scoring chance in the fifth when they loaded the bases with two out (on a walk and two infield singles) but Jordan Hagel, after working a 3-0 count struck out to leave the bases jammed. Jack Cleary smacked a lead off double to left in the seventh but only got as far as third base. Meanwhile, Reed was crusing along with no Duke runners reaching as far as third base. Reed got the only run he needed in the Terrapin eighth. Hagel reached on a one out double to right center. LaMonte Wade ground out to short but it was deep enough for Hagel to advance. Hagel erased the Maryland bagel on a wild pitch. Reed responded by retiring the side in order in the Blue Devils half of the inning. The Terps had a chance to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Olenski stared the inning with a double. Anthony Amaro came in to run for Olenski and moved to third on Cleary’s sacrifice bunt. The Terps tried to score on a squeeze but Papio bunted too hard and the pitcher was able to throw Amaro out at the plate. After two were out in the bottom of the ninth, Duke put two runners on for the first time in an inning on a single and a walk. But on his 98th pitch of the game, Reed got a routine fly out to right to complete his shutout. The Terps will look to improve on their 7-15 ACC record taking on the Blue Devils in game two of the series Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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