Maryland's quest to win their first national title in men's lacrosse since 1975 will have to wait for another day. The Terrapins had a chance to break the streak, but fell to the Virginia Cavaliers in the national title game 9-7. UVA's Colin Briggs, who missed the Cavs' semi-final win against Denver, scored five goals against the Terps to lead the way for the Hoos.
The first quarter ended with the record-breaking low score of 1-0, but UVA was able to score five goals in the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead into half. The Terrapins went nearly an entire quarter's worth without a scoring a goal, finally breaking through with three straight goals in the 3rd and 4th quarters to tie the game at 6-6. But goals were hard to come by after that for the Terps, who also happened to concede some out-of-character easy goals.
And with that, all eyes turn to next season.
Unfortunately for Maryland, their two biggest players, Grant Catalino and, both graduate, along with Brian Farrell. If there were three stars on this team, it was probably those three. But outside of that trio, much of the cast returns. Most prominent among the returnees will be attackers Owen Blye and Joe Cummings, midfielders Micahel Shakespeare and Jesse and Jake Bernhardt, and perhaps most importantly goalie Niko Amato. Amato's play was simply outstanding for much of the year; he'll be the biggest name on the team next season, and may be the key if Maryland's going to make a run next season. Looking at the returning cast, it'll be a possibility. Not a likelihood, but there'll be talent in College Park.
Great year, but a tough finish.