BALTIMORE—The University of Maryland had the fourth-youngest basketball team in the NCAA this season, and the Terrapins may have done some growing this year.
Still, they ended the season with a painful 69-67 loss to Louisiana State University (LSU) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 23 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Tremont Waters of No. 3 LSU drove to the basket and made a layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to break the tie and give the Tigers the victory.
Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon, when speaking to the media after the game, expressed how frustrated he was for his young team as they had worked so hard.
“They made coaching fun again,” he said. “I was proud of them, and they represented our school all year in the right way. They’re great kids, and I don’t know why it didn’t go our way…but they deserved better, and they can hang their heads high.”
Maryland had just tied the game when Jalen Smith drilled a long 3-pointer. Then, Waters scored the game-winning basket.
LSU (28-6) appeared to have the game in hand when it took a 15-point lead early in the second half. But Turgeon went to a zone defense – and got a technical foul – which seemed to get the Terrapins started.
Smith topped the Terps with 15 points. Bruno Fernando had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Maryland finished the season with a record of 23-11.
NAVY MEN’S LACROSSE
Navy took the lead early in its March 23 home game with No. 17 Lehigh University. But the Midshipmen ran into trouble after that.
Lehigh reeled off six consecutive third-quarter goals that turned the game around, and the Mountain Hawks rolled to a 15-8 victory over Navy in a Patriot League match-up.
Navy held a 5-4 halftime lead and went up two points early in the third quarter thanks to a goal from Jack Sweeney. However, that is where Lehigh made its run, scoring the six straight that gave the visitors a 10-6 advantage.
Lehigh (6-3, 4-0) later scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter and broke the game open.
“I thought we played hard, but it came down to they made, and we didn’t,” Navy coach Rick Sowell said. “Hats off to Lehigh, they played better than us.”
Ryan Wade led Navy (4-4, 2-2) with three goals plus one assist. That was the second hat trick of his career, and he has now scored points in 32 straight games. He needs one more point to become the 35th Midshipman to reach the 100-point milestone.
UMD Women’s Lacrosse
The No. 2 Maryland women crushed the defending national champions on March 24.
Maryland went down to No. 7 James Madison University and scored several early goals, took command and rolled to an 18-5 victory over the Dukes.
Jen Giles had four goals and two assists while teammate Kali Hartshorn added three goals and three assists. Meghan Siverson pitched in with two goals and two assists while Grace Griffin scored three goals.
The Terrapins jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead which they stretched to 9-3 by halftime. In the second half, Maryland (11-0) showed more of the same, scoring nine more goals as James Madison (7-4) could not stop the Terps.