It was a busy weekend for me. Let's get to the good stuff.
Sunday Post: Maryland Embraces Hard-Nosed Terp Legacy
Since arriving in College Park for the 2011 season, Maryland coach John Tillman has said he wants his teams to embrace the history of what it means to "be a Terp." In lacrosse terms, Tillman wants teams that play hard-nosed, blue collar defense.
Photos, Reaction: No. 4 Denver 11, No. 3 Notre Dame 10, OT
On the strength of a remarkable performance from sophomore attackman Zach Miller, No. 4 Denver dug back from from a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to top No. 3 Notre Dame, 11-10, in overtime in front of a sold-out crowd at Peter Barton Stadium.
Reaction: No. 5 Duke 14, No. 14 Loyola 8
Myles Jones and Deemer Class each posted four goals and an assist to lead the fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils to a convincing 14-8 win over No. 14 Loyola at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday.
Reaction, Highlights: No. 7 Virginia 15, No. 7 Cornell 14
After controlling for most of the game, the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers held off a late run from Cornell — tied in the Cascade/Maverik Media Poll — and earned a 15-14 win thanks to a late face-off win.
Photos, Reaction: No. 9 Maryland 11, No. 10 Princeton 4
In a matchup between a dynamic offense in the Princeton Tigers and a stout defense in the Maryland Terrapins, it was No. 9 Maryland and their defense that prevailed over No. 10 Princeton, holding the Tigers to a mere four goals to claim an 11-4 victory on Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Maryland improved to 4-1, while Princeton falls to 3-1.
Highlights, Photos, Reaction: No. 16 Harvard 12, Penn State 9
The game started with a penalty, but it was decided by the tempo that was dictated by the next seven minutes of play. Before Harvard could jump out to a 4-0 lead, they had to kill an unsportsmanlike penalty on their draw man on the first face-off of the game. After a tense minute of withstanding Penn State’s pressure, Harvard had their turn with the ball. The goals came fast and they came from the wing in short order as junior Sean McDonagh (St. Anthony's, N.Y.) and Keegan Michel (McDonogh, Md.) took their men out to the left side of the box and dodged to the inside to finish on Nittany Lions’ keeper Connor Darcey (Wellesley, Mass.). Darcey would finish with 18 saves on the day, but he didn’t have a chance to get his stick on the ball until after the 10-minute mark of the first quarter and that early sputter would set a frustrating tone for Penn State.
Late Spark Carries Duke to Big Win Over Loyola
Usually a score line like 14-8 suggests a lopsided game, dominated by one team.
No Question About It: Terps Dominate Princeton
For all the questions Maryland had entering this season, the Terps have taken a few steps forward to answering them as the lacrosse calendar turns to March. Princeton saw it up close and personal on Saturday afternoon as ninth-ranked Maryland handed the Tigers their first loss of the season in a workmanlike 11-4 win at Byrd Stadium.
Virginia Survives Late Cornell Run in 15-14 Victory
Sixth-ranked Cornell grabbed 11 more ground balls than No. 7 Virginia, and dominated the faceoff X, 32-9. The home-standing Cavaliers were out-manned on the 50-50 balls all afternoon, but head coach Dom Starsia's troops picked an excellent time to hunker down and finally secure a faceoff when it really mattered.
Ohio State Outlasts Hofstra, 9-8
Ohio State outlasts Hofstra 9-8.
Stanwick brothers lead way as Hopkins handles Navy in lacrosse
Johns Hopkins looked like a lacrosse team in desperate need of a win after dropping two straight to ranked opponents.
No. 4 Denver lacrosse rallies to win OT thriller over No. 3 Notre Dame
They were packed in on the rooftops and balconies, camping out on grass hills and peering through holes in the fence, like a matinee at Wrigley Field.
Virginia lacrosse team survives late Cornell rally
The No. 7 Virginia men’s lacrosse team improved to 4-1 with a 15-14 victory over No. 8 Cornell on Saturday in a game that got close down the stretch. The Cavaliers led the Big Red, 15-9, with just under three minutes to play, but Cornell closed on a 5-0 run that left the crowd of 1,500 at the University Hall Turf Field a little anxious before UVa held on.
Syracuse lacrosse coach after win: 'It didn't look like it was going to be our day'
St. John's had its moment, as Eric DeJohn scored two goals and assisted another in the first quarter.
Duke men's lacrosse tops Loyola for 21st straight home win
People often laud Cameron Indoor Stadium for its significant home-court advantage, but if head coach John Danowski's squad keeps playing like this there might need to be some discussion about the most advantageous home venue on campus.
Siena lacrosse falls to Robert Morris
Robert Morris scored four fourth-quarter goals to rally past Siena, 12-10, on Saturday in a men's lacrosse contest in Moon Township, Pa.