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Top-seeded Loyola University Maryland will play the University of Maryland as it seeks its first national men’s college lacrosse championship title.
Loyola’s Greyhounds defeated Notre Dame 7-5 and Maryland’s Terps upset third-seeded Duke 16-10 in their National Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals to reach tomorrow’s final at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The Greyhounds are making their first final appearance since 1990 when coach Charlie Toomey, then a goalie, and volunteer coach Steve Vaikness were on the team.
“Steve Vaikness and I room together. Steve Vaikness and I ride the bus next to each other,” Toomey told reporters. “All we ever wanted was for these guys to have the same feeling that we had 22 years ago. And that’s what they have right now.”
Loyola lost to Syracuse 21-9 in 1990 in a game marred by the ineligibility of Syracuse’s Paul Gait. After the championship, the NCAA ruled that it would not recognize Syracuse and coach Roy Simmons Jr.’s 3-0 record, and Gait’s seven goals and seven assists.
In yesterday’s semifinal, Eric Lusby scored five goals for a total of 13 goals in the playoffs for the Greyhounds, who are ranked fourth in the country in offense.
Westy Hopkins contributed two goals for Notre Dame.
Maryland has now reached the final 11 times, winning the championship in 1973 and 1975.
“Everyone has rededicated themselves,” said coach John Tillman, who has taken the Terps to the finals in his first two seasons with the team. “Everyone has stepped up.”
Last year, Maryland lost to seventh-seeded Syracuse 9-7 in the championship game.
Yesterday, Drew Snider scored four goals and Owen Blye had three for the Terps, who return again as an unseeded opponent.
Justin Turri and Robert Rotanz each scored two goals for Duke’s Blue Devils.
Syracuse University and Northwestern University will meet today in the women’s college lacrosse national championship game at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, New York.
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