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No. 7 Maryland MLax shocks No. 3 Virginia in Philadelphia semifinal

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

PHILADELPHIA — The No. 7 Maryland Terrapins men’s lacrosse team will be playing for another national championship. The team is looking for their fifth national championship in school history.

The Terrapins advanced to the national championship with a dominant win over No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. Maryland won 12-6 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Maryland Terrapins player Eric Spanos gets ready to shoot on goal against the University of Virginia Cavaliers during the Division I Men's Lacrosse Semifinals
Eric Spanos gets ready to shoot on goal against the University of Virginia Cavaliers during the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals (Photo by Larry French/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

With the win, the Terps will play the No. 1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Monday in the winner-take-all contest. The national championship is slated to be played at 1 pm; however, early radar is showing that the game may be delayed.

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The weather is showing a severe chance of rain and thunderstorms. The national championship has a window on ESPN from 1 pm to 3:30 pm before their NBA Today show begins.

The Fighting Irish dispatched the Denver Pioneers in the first semifinal.

Maryland has one of the most historic programs in men’s lacrosse history. They won the national championships in 1973, 1975, 2017, and 2022.

Terps head coach John Tillman, who is guiding this team, guided the school to national championships in 2017 and 2022.

Virginia barely outshot Maryland in the game. They had 39 shots compared to the 37 shots by the Terps.

The Cavaliers outshot the Terps 15-11 in the first quarter. However, Maryland won the second quarter with an 11-6 tally.

After halftime, Maryland outshot Virginia 10-7 in the third quarter. In the final stanza, Virginia outshot Maryland 11-5.

Maryland did have more ground balls over Virginia in the game. They won the ground ball tally with a 38-29 score.

The Terps had 22 ground balls in the first half. They had 11 ground balls in the first quarter. Then 11 more ground balls in the second half.

In this same time frame, Virginia had 14 ground balls. They had seven ground balls in the first quarter. Plus, they also had seven more ground balls in the second quarter.

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In the second half, the ground bally tally was decided by one. Maryland had 16 ground balls.

They had seven ground balls in the third quarter. In addition, they also had nine ground balls in the fourth quarter.

Virginia had 15 and had eight ground balls in the third quarter. Plus, they had seven ground balls in the fourth quarter.

Maryland dominated the face-offs. They won 15 of the 22 face-offs in the game.

The Terps had won five of the six face-offs in the first and second quarter. Then, in the second half, they won 5 of the 10 face-offs.

Virginia won two of the 12 first-half face-offs. Then, in the second half, they won five of the ten face-offs.

Maryland scored four goals in the first quarter. They scored three goals in the second quarter.

Then, in the third quarter, they added four more goals. In the final quarter, they scored one goal.

Virginia scored one goal in the first quarter. The Cavaliers had two goals in the second quarter.

They also had one goal in the third quarter and two goals in the fourth quarter.

Maryland was led in scoring by Daniel Kelly, who had 3 goals. Eric Spanos and Daniel Maltz had two goals each.

Jack Koras, Colin Burlace, Ryan Siracusa, Luke Wierman, and Jack Brennan had one goal each.

Virginia was led in scoring by McCabe Millon, who scored two goals. Connor Shellenberger, Payton Cormier, Joey Terenzi, and Noah Chizmar had one goal each.

Terps goaltender Logan McNaney received the win. He had eight saves in 58 minutes and 23 seconds.

Backup netminder Westin Schmidt made one save in a minute and 37 seconds.

Cavaliers goaltender Kyle Morris received the loss. He made five saves in 42 minutes and 30 seconds before being replaced by Matthew Nunes.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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