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Snap Judgments: 2017 NCAA D1 Men’s Lacrosse Semifinals

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Connor Donahue (24) almost flew in to save the day for Denver late in the game against Maryland, but a crease violation wiped out this potential game-tying goal with nine seconds remaining. (Robert Cole/ALOST)
Connor Donahue (24) almost flew in to save the day for Denver late in the game against Maryland, but a crease violation wiped out this potential game-tying goal with nine seconds remaining in regulation. (Robert Cole/ALOST)

 

FOXBORO, MA — History will be made this weekend in the Bay State as it pertains to college lacrosse, but, for one university, it is hoping to win the prize that is more than 40 years in the making.

It’s the men’s turn to take center stage in the Division 1 lacrosse national semifinals at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, with three of the top five teams in the country making their way through two rounds to get to the Final Four. One of those teams is top-ranked Maryland, who has made the national semifinals in six of the past seven seasons. In that span, the Terrapins have won 16 NCAA Tournament games, more than any team in the country. Unfortunately, Maryland has no national championships to show for it during that stretch, and they have not won it all since 1975. In 2015, the Terrapins lost in the national championship game to Denver University, who happens to be the Terps’ opponent in one of the national semifinal games today. The fifth-seeded Pioneers advanced to Foxboro after a dominating 16-4 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame, a game in which face-off specialist and Tewaaraton Award finalist Trevor Baptiste won 21 of 22 face-offs to spark the Pioneers’ victory.

Today’s first game involves the No. 3 team in the country, the Ohio State Buckeyes, who will be making their maiden voyage in the national semifinals. It’s sure to be a special time for Buckeyes head coach Nick Myers, a native New Englander who was born and raised in Maine and is looking to take Ohio State to the national championship game for the first time. In their way are the Towson Tigers, who took out No. 6 Penn State on the road and No. 2 seed Syracuse in Newark, Del. last weekend to make it back to NCAA Championship Weekend for the first time since 2001.

As always, our photographer, Robert Cole, is on the field snapping quality pictures, this time from Gillette Stadium, the home of the Super Bowl Champions in the New England Patriots. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures.

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