Maryland made sure the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four wasn’t an all ACC affair by knocking off Notre Dame in overtime on Sunday. We had three incredible lacrosse games that saw Duke and North Carolina also advance thanks to winning in overtime. One of the best quarterfinal weekends in memory.
For Maryland, Notre Dame gave them all they could handle, but Jared Bernhardt’s 5 goals were too much to overcome and after dominating face-offs all day, Notre Dame lost the opening face-off of overtime and never ended up seeing the ball as Anthony Demaio stuck the game winner off the very first dodge of overtime.
Duke’s overtime thriller against Loyola was also a great treat. Loyola played as well defensively as any team that faced Duke all year and Sam Schafer did a great job in cage, but in the end, it was Joe Robertson sticking yet another game winner for Duke in overtime to survive and advance.
Rutgers needed a perfect game out of their defense win against North Carolina and they very nearly got it. The Scarlet Knights were a couple of turnovers away from pulling the upset, but alas, the better team was able to force overtime and win which is what great teams do.
Virginia and Georgetown? An absolute bloodbath.
So we have three ACC teams and a Big Ten team in the final four next weekend.