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Lacrosse the Internet: May 24, 2015

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Sector SPDRs May Madness: Swezey — Goalie Play Leads to Title Game
The first playoff game on the road to the Final Four for Johns Hopkins was a first round matchup against No. 7 Virginia and its second-team All-American goalie. The result: 16 goals-against, zero saves. The Blue Jays advanced.

Reaction, Photos: Maryland 12, Johns Hopkins 11 in NCAA Semifinals
It didn’t go completely according to script, but No. 6 seed Maryland got a nice day at the face-off X from senior Charlie Raffa, good defense, timely goaltending and a big day from Matt Rambo to advance to Monday’s NCAA Championship via a 12-11 win over Johns Hopkins.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Tactical Breakdown — How Maryland Beat Hopkins
Maryland hung on and beat a resilient Hopkins squad, 12-11, in the NCAA semifinal at Lincoln Financial field. The Terps led by as many as five goals in the game, but saw their advantage diminish goal by goal as Hopkins clawed its way back into the game with a four-goal fourth quarter. In the end it was too much Matt Rambo, who finished the game with four goals and two assists.

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Tactical Breakdown — How Denver Beat Notre Dame
Denver established tempo with a dominant performance on face-offs and patience on offense that was not matched with aggressiveness by Notre Dame until the fourth quarter, in which Sergio Perkovic took over and helped the game to overtime with five straight goals. Nick Ossello tied the game with nine seconds left to cap off an incredible comeback, but Notre Dame ultimately fell short. Wesley Berg emerged as the Daniel Boone of the Pioneers with a truly heroic goal to win the game in overtime, sticking the ball in the far corner two minutes into the extra period.

Reaction, Photos: Denver 11, Notre Dame 10 (OT) in NCAA Semis
"The whole play was blurry."

Sector SPDRs May Madness: Perkovic Clutch While Kavanagh Plays Through Injury
Sergio Perkovic could sense it. The Notre Dame sophomore midfielder just knew Denver was sagging—and he was the reason why. Perkovic never, at any level, ever scored five consecutive goals in a game. That is, until Saturday when he erupted for five to give anyone wearing red a major scare.

Sights: NCAA Championship Weekend
Stick trick contests, Haircuts and Head testing highlight the tailgate scene at the NCAA Final Four in Philadelphia. Check out some of the photos from the lots featuring companies like Epoch, Warrior, Gait, East Coast Dyes and Universal Lacrosse. Check back as we will be updating this page throughout the weekend.

Maryland Holds Off Rival Hopkins for Finals Berth
Maryland sophomore attackman Matt Rambo came back to his hometown in Saturday's NCAA tournament semifinal against Johns Hopkins as the Terrapins' leading scorer. And in the biggest game of his collegiate career on Saturday, Rambo was the difference on a team that has rarely been short on resources in 2015.

Denver Takes ND's Best Punch, Rallies for 11-10 OT Win
See you on Monday. The phrase brought a big smile and quick reaction from Denver senior attackman Wes Berg. "I like the sound of that," he said.

Kavanagh Goes Down Swinging, Limited by Injuries
Tewaaraton Award finalist Matt Kavanagh went down swinging Saturday afternoon in Notre Dame's 11-10 overtime loss to Denver, continuing to play through a pair of injuries that limited his explosiveness over the last two months, according to Irish coach Kevin Corrigan after Saturday's semifinal.

Maryland beats Johns Hopkins, advances to Championship Game
Maryland Men's Lax won a thriller over the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in a Semifinal from Philadelphia.

Denver Brings the West to the Title Game
None of the traditional motivational ploys — the guest speakers and the playoff beards — had worked in the past, so Coach Bill Tierney cut it out, all of it.

Maryland beats rival Johns Hopkins to reach NCAA men's lacrosse final
Saturday's second NCAA Division I men's lacrosse semifinal was just as compelling as Maryland staved off archrival Johns Hopkins 12-11 to advance to a Monday date with Denver.

Denver fends off Notre Dame in OT, reaches first NCAA men's lacrosse title game
On March 7, Denver beat Notre Dame 11-10 in overtime in a men's lacrosse thriller. It seemed unlikely that their rematch would have an identical final result as the fourth quarter ticked away Saturday, but that's how events unfolded with a berth in the national championship game on the line.

Denver, Maryland to face off in the NCAA men's lacrosse national championship
The past two years, Ryan LaPlante walked into his Denver locker room on the Saturday before Memorial Day and heard nothing but the crushing sound of silence, with the Pioneers having been turned away on the doorstep of a lacrosse national championship each time.

Wesley Berg lifts Denver past Notre Dame in overtime, 11-10, into men's lacrosse final
There's not much separating the Denver and Notre Dame men's lacrosse teams. The Pioneers and Fighting Irish, rising powers from the West and Midwest, respectively, are evenly matched in every area of the field.

2015 NCAA lacrosse tournament final: Breaking down Denver vs. Maryland
Fourth-seeded Denver will meet sixth-seeded Maryland in Monday's NCAA lacrosse final at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. A breakdown of the matchup.

Denver punches ticket to lacrosse final with OT win over Notre Dame
Denver's last two seasons ended with a loss in the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

NCAA Lacrosse Final Four: Wesley Berg's game-winner lifts Denver over Notre Dame in overtime
It took four trips to the NCAA tournament semifinals for Denver to finally break through to the national title game.

Denver recovers to beat Notre Dame in NCAA men's lacrosse semifinals
After his team allowed victory to slip away in regulation, Denver's Wesley Berg made sure it wouldn't happen again in overtime.

Terps Will Have To Pass Bill Tierney To Win NCAA Lacrosse Championship
The 2,9123 fans in attendance for the NCAA men’s lacrosse Final Four at Lincoln Financial Field May 23 were treated to two nail-biting finishes that have set-up a University of Denver versus University of Maryland championship game.

Denver upsets No. 1 Notre Dame in Division I men's lacrosse semifinal
Immediately after scoring the goal that put Denver in the championship game for the first time in school history, Wesley Berg tossed his stick aside. If it had burst into flames, no one would've been surprised. It was a magic wand all day and probably was too hot to handle.

Kiszla: New school, same spot for Denver's 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 holds off Johns Hopkins to advance to men’s lacrosse title game
After he watched his team’s five-goal lead disintegrate against Johns Hopkins in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s national semifinal, Maryland’s Matt Rambo looked angry. Growing up in Philadelphia, he used to come to Lincoln Financial Field to watch the men’s lacrosse Final Four whenever it was in town, often imagining himself one day playing in the same kind of spectacle so close to home.

NCAA Lacrosse Final Four: Maryland edges Johns Hopkins 12-11
Matt Rambo's return to Philadelphia couldn't have gone much better. As a result, he and his Maryland teammates are playing on Memorial Day.

Maryland defeats Johns Hopkins, 12-11, in NCAA men's lacrosse semifinal
Matt Rambo made sure his homecoming Saturday was a happy one.

Postscript from Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland men's lacrosse
The abbreviated warmup time caused by the Denver men's lacrosse team's 11-10 overtime win against Notre Dame in Saturday's first NCAA Division I tournament semifinal at Lincoln Financial Field wasn’t a problem for several of Maryland’s older players.

In fast sport of lacrosse, the slowest team might win the title
The fastest game on two feet has come to a slowdown again.

Rambo leads the way as Maryland reaches NCAA men's lacrosse final
Matt Rambo had said he was looking forward to playing in front of his hometown fans. But even he probably didn't think it would be this good.

Men's lacrosse: Johns Hopkins rally falls short in NCAA semifinal loss to Maryland
A remarkable postseason run for the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team came to an end one game short of the national final Saturday, as the Blue Jays had their seven-game winning streak snapped in a 12-11 NCAA tournament semifinal loss to Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Maryland holds off Johns Hopkins to advance to NCAA Championship game
Three years after capturing the 1975 NCAA championship, the Terrapins men’s lacrosse team fell to Johns Hopkins in the national semifinals. The Blue Jays went on to win the title that year. The Terps, meanwhile, haven’t won the championship since.

Terps can handle it
Maryland knows it has been 40 years since its last NCAA lacrosse title.

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