Maryland women’s lacrosse will play for its 11th straight Final Four appearance under the lights at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
The team announced Monday night that the Terps will take on Denver in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on BTN.
Maryland is coming off a 17-8 win over Stony Brook, a game in which it trailed 4-0 before eventually pulling away late in the first half and cruising to victory. Graduate student Erica Evans led the Terps with five goals and two assists, which was enough to win Brine/US Lacrosse Player of the Week honors. The Canisius transfer has been red-hot over the past month, scoring 26 of her 53 goals this season in the last six games.
The Pioneers earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, beat USC on Friday and upset No. 8-seed Michigan on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Denver and Maryland met last year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, with the Terps winning 14-4. Cathy Reese coached at Denver from 2004-06 before returning to take over her alma mater, and her replacement, Liza Kelly, has led the Pioneers ever since.
Maryland will be the heavy favorites, but recent history says it won’t be an easy win. In the 2017 quarterfinals, the Terps trailed Stony Brook nearly the entire way before rallying for a 13-12 win, and held off a determined Navy team in a 17-15 thriller last year. Denver allows a Division I-low 6.79 goals per game, and with Maryland having the No. 3 scoring defense, Saturday’s game could turn into a defensive slugfest.
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Undrafted free agent Damian Prince signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, ensuring he’ll be with the team through training camp.
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Congratulations to Brian Shaffer (@bshaffe13), who has been promoted to Double-A @BiscuitBaseball! Shaffer pitched to a 2.75 ERA over 68.2 innings over the last 2 seasons #ClawsUp #BiscuitsBound pic.twitter.com/5mo53C82Vn— Charlotte StoneCrabs (@StoneCrabs) May 13, 2019
Coaches Gary Williams and Sasho Cirovski both talked about their experiences playing the others respective sport at Johnny Holliday’s Scholarship Classic.
Hey #Terps fans! We have so many great intvws from today's @hollidaykid Scholarship Classic. First up: 2 legends, with 4 national titles! Did you know @GARYWILLIAMS02 once coached soccer and @SashoCirovski played bball? Check it out ! @TerrapinHoops @MarylandMSoccer @umterps pic.twitter.com/KATnQZzsrZ— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) May 13, 2019
Maryland volleyball coach Adam Hughes went “undercover” to get an inside look at his team’s culture.
And in some non-Maryland news, Big Ten basketball coaches breathed a sigh of relief Monday when John Beilein announced he was leaving Michigan to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Nick Baumgardner of The Detroit Free Press wrote about how the move was the next evolution of Beilein as a coach.