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Lacrosse the Internet: Semifinal Saturday

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Sector SPDRs May Madness: Coughlin's Championship Weekend Probabilities
Johns Hopkins upset the No. 2 seed and tournament favorite Syracuse on Sunday to place itself in the Final Four while opening up the field.

As Lacrosse Rises, Its Final Four Falls Fast
It seemed like an odd marriage, but the more administrators analyzed it, the pairing began to make sense. Lacrosse was a booming sport, and the Big East Conference appeared poised to prosper in it. So why not bring it to Wisconsin?

Pellegrino's Final Four Trip With Hopkins a Decade in the Making
Michael Pellegrino's path to this weekend's NCAA lacrosse semifinals (and, by association, Johns Hopkins') was a decade in the making.

East will meet West in NCAA men's lacrosse finale
A cursory glance at the quartet of men's lacrosse teams bound for Championship Weekend in Philadelphia wouldn't appear to indicate that much has changed in the sport.

Men's lacrosse final four bracket has veterans and rookies on opposite sides
Johns Hopkins and Maryland first faced one another on a lacrosse field in 1895. A couple of World Wars, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights movement, the disco era and '80s hair later, Denver faced Notre Dame for the first time, in 1992.

2015 NCAA lacrosse tournament semifinals: Breaking down Notre Dame vs. Denver
Top-seeded Notre Dame will meet fourth-seeded Denver in Saturday's NCAA lacrosse semifinals at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. A breakdown of the matchup.

2015 NCAA lacrosse tournament semifinals: Breaking down Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins
Sixth-seeded Maryland will meet unseeded Johns Hopkins in Saturday's NCAA lacrosse semifinals at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2. A breakdown of the matchup.

Observations, Notes and Quotes from Practice Day in Philly
Here are some observations, nuggets and reaction from players on the ground as they prepared to take the biggest stage in the sport. The semifinals begin Saturday at 1 p.m. with Notre Dame-Denver. Johns Hopkins will play immediately following with the national title game 1 p.m. on Monday. All games air on ESPN2.

Carc's Take: Hard to Pick A Final Four Winner
I think a lot of people going into this weekend think the winner of Denver-Notre Dame is the heavy favorite to win it all. But what I saw last week from Johns Hopkins and their ability to play a selfless offensive brand of lacrosse is kind of staggering.

Maryland-Johns Hopkins lacrosse matchup makes Big Ten look good for adding Blue Jays
When Maryland announced in November, 2012 that it would be joining the Big Ten Conference, there was some consternation among the school's coaches — at least behind closed doors — about losing the long-standing rivalries in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

40 years after its last NCAA lacrosse title, Maryland asks, Why not us?
Maryland has gone 40 seasons without winning a national championship in men’s lacrosse, and just four months ago there was little to suggest that the drought would end this season. The Terrapins not only lost four first-team all-Americans from last season, but suffered a blow with the departures of an assistant coach and the team’s director of operations. They watched as attacker Connor Cannizzaro, last season’s ACC freshman of the year, transferred to Denver in the offseason, and starting attackman Tim Rotanz and midfielder Nick Manis suffered season-ending injuries before the team’s opener in February.

NCAA lacrosse semifinals: Star power on display
Forget the odd, geographically contradicting conference affiliations -- Denver in the Big East; Notre Dame in the ACC; Maryland and Johns Hopkins in the Big 10 -- and remember the matchups.

Denver Pioneers on doorstep of national lacrosse title
Wesley Berg's family has pictures of him holding a lacrosse stick when he wasn't yet a year old. Not long after that, he was actually using one.

Bill Tierney guides Denver lacrosse to another Final Four
This is an indication of how far Bill Tierney has taken the Denver lacrosse program: The longtime coach now occupies the coveted corner office on the fourth floor.

Notre Dame hopes to leave its mark on lacrosse Final Four
The Notre Dame lacrosse team has a lingering memory of its last trip to the Philadelphia area, and it's not a good one.

NCAA lacrosse events have a local flavor
Memorial Day weekend usually is reserved for beaches, pools, backyards and barbecues. In the Philadelphia area it also means lacrosse.

Former Navy assistant uses academy philosophy to drive Maryland
John Tillman wasn't exactly sure what he wanted to do for a living after graduating from Cornell University in 1991 with a degree in hotel administration. He thought about following in the footsteps of his mother and becoming a teacher.

Kiszla: New school, same spot for Connor Cannizzaro
Go ahead, name the biggest impact free agent signed by a Denver sports team during the past 12 months. I will give you three guesses.

Maryland looks to take next step entering game with Johns Hopkins
When defender Casey Ikeda steps onto the field at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia for the Terrapins men's lacrosse team's NCAA semifinal game against Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon, he expects to experience a few flashbacks.

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