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Snap Judgments: 2017 NCAA D1 Women’s Lacrosse National Semifinals

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The nightcap of the women's national semifinals did not lack for drama, as Boston College made their hometown fans ecstatic with a come-from-behind one-goal win over Navy to reach Sunday's title game. (Robert Cole/ALOST)
The nightcap of the women’s national semifinals did not lack for drama, as Boston College made its hometown fans ecstatic with a come-from-behind one-goal win over Navy to reach Sunday’s title game. (Robert Cole/ALOST)

 

FOXBORO, MA — Can the Maryland Terrapins turn last year’s heartbreak into this year’s redemption?

The start of Memorial Day weekend also marks championship weekend in the world of college lacrosse, with the 2017 edition taking place in Foxboro, Mass. and Gillette Stadium. The overwhelming favorite to take home the prize in D1 on the women’s side are the Terrapins, who came in to this year’s tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and has remained undefeated throughout the regular season (21-0). Maryland, who is looking to make their fifth consecutive national championship game appearance, also went into last year’s Final Four undefeated and were the favorites to take home the title, but were surprised by No. 3 North Carolina 13-7 in the national title game in 2016 that took place just outside of Philadelphia. The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions are also making a repeat appearance in the national semifinals, coming away with a 14-12 victory over Princeton in the quarterfinals to make back-to-back appearances in the national semifinals for the first time in almost 30 years. Maryland has faced Penn State more than any other school in their history, and the Terps have been dominant in the series, winning 12 consecutive games and 28 of the last 29 against the Nittany Lions dating back to 1992.

The second national semifinal also has a lot of intrigue, with the Navy Midshipmen taking on the that will play the role of the hometown favorite, the Boston College Eagles. The reason why second-seeded North Carolina, last season’s national champion, is not in Foxboro this weekend is because they were upset 16-14 by the Middies in Chapel Hill, as Navy will make its first-ever appearance in the national semifinals. The Eagles defeated Canisius, No. 6 Syracuse and USC to reach the national semifinals, as both Navy and Boston College won three games to reach Foxboro, as opposed to just the two wins that Maryland and Penn State needed to reach the national semifinals.

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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