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No. No. 7 Maryland and No. 2 Duke are set for Saturday's quarterfinals

No.  No. 7 Maryland and No. 2 Duke are set for Saturday's quarterfinals

 


#7Seed Maryland (9-5)vs#2 Seed Duke (13-5)

NCAA quarterfinals

May 18, 2024

Shuart Stadium

2:30 PM

ESPNU

COLLEGE PARK, MD-No. 7-seeded Maryland will meet former ACC foe No. 2 Duke in the quarterfinals of the 2024 NCAA Tournament on Saturday, May 18, at approximately 2:30 p.m. The game will be played on the Hofstra campus and Shuart Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The winner of the match will meet the winner of the game between No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins and No. 6 Virginia in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Saturday, May 25 in Philadelphia, PA.

Maryland posted its best offensive performance of the season in a 16-8 win over Ivy League champion Princeton on Saturday. The Terps moved to 9-5 this season after recording a trio of hat tricks (Erik Spanos, Erik Malever, Jac Coras), a great performance at the face-off dot by Lucas Wierman (20-26) and excellent defense.

Duke is 13-5 on the season after a dominant 19-7 win over Utah in the NCAA first round. Duke forwards Dyson Williams and Josh Zawada combined for 13 points in the win. The Blue Devils are participating in the tournament for the 26th time in program history.

series history – Duke

  • Maryland has a 62-20 lead over Duke, with the first meeting in 1940.
  • The two former ACC foes have met six times in the NCAA Tournament, with each side winning three games each.
  • Coincidentally, the last time the two teams met was during the NCAA Tournament. That time it was the 2021 National Semifinals. The third-seeded Terps dominated en route to a 14-5 victory after five goals Jared Bernhardt. The win sent the Terps to their sixth championship game in 10 years under coach John Tilman in charge.
  • The two teams have never met in the NCAA quarterfinals. However, since 2011, they have met in four separate semi-finals.
  • The Terps won an impressive 28 consecutive games in the series from 1955 to 1989.
Logan Wisnauskas vs. Duke (2021)

Logan Wisnauskas in the Terps' 2021 national semifinal win over the Blue Devils.

NCAA Numbers

  • The Terps are making their 46th NCAA tournament appearance in program history and an NCAA-best 21st straight appearance. The next highest NCAA postseason series is six (Virginia and Georgetown).
  • The program is 71-41 all-time in the tournament with 28 Final Four trips.
  • Under coach since 2011 John Tilmanthe Terps have made every tournament, going 29-10, and earning nine Championship Weekend appearances with two NCAA championships.
  • The Terps are looking for their 29th Final Four appearance in program history. Maryland has made 41 NCAA quarterfinals in program history, including 11 in 13 seasons under head coach John Tilman. Tillman is 9-1 in the Maryland quarterfinals.
Forward Daniel Kelly (45) Maryland men's lacrosse in round one of the NCAA tournament against Princeton at SECU Stadium in College Park, MD on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Allison Mize / Maryland Terrapins

The Terps opened their 2024 NCAA Tournament with a dominant 16-8 win over Princeton.

Wierman In the record books

  • With his 12th of 17 face-off wins against Richmond on February 3 Lucas Wiermanbecame Maryland's all-time program leader in faceoff wins. He broke Andy Claxton's record of 648, which had stood for more than three decades. Against Princeton on Saturday, Wierman added another 20 faceoff wins (giving him the most points at the school in an NCAA Tournament game) and now has 829 all-time wins. No other Terp has had more than 700 wins, let alone 800.
  • Wierman is also poised to claim the top spot on the career groundballs list. With a career-high 15 groundballs against Princeton, he now stands at 448 for his career, trailing only Andy Claxton and his all-time 451, just four shy of a new school record.
  • Wierman set another program record against Princeton on February 24, 2024 when he won a whopping 20 of 23 faceoffs for 87%, marking the highest faceoff winning percentage in program history for those who won at least 20 faceoffs.
  • His faceoff winning percentage of 61.3 this season ranks third in the nation and first in the Big Ten and among NCAA Tournament teams.
Faceoff Luke Wierman (52) Maryland men's lacrosse in round one of the NCAA Tournament against Princeton at SECU Stadium in College Park, MD on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Allison Mize / Maryland Terrapins

Wierman went 20-for-26 against Princeton on May 11, marking his second 20-faceoff win game of the season.

McNaney Returns continues to climb the rankings

  • When Logan McNaney started in the cage in Richmond on Saturday, February 3, marking his first competitive action in just under a year. After suffering an ACL injury against Loyola last season, McNaney missed the remainder of the 2023 season. Against the Spiders, McNaney played all 65:05 minutes and made 13 saves, including two in overtime.
  • Most recently, McNaney made 11 saves against the Tigers. Against Rutgers, he made a season-high 15 saves and allowed just six goals.
  • Heading into the NCAA quarterfinals, McNaney currently has 556 career saves.
Goaltender Logan McNaney (30) Maryland Men's Lacrosse vs.  Rutgers at Secu Stadium in College Park, MD on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Terrapins

Against Rutgers on April 13 Logan McNaneynot only did he make fifteen saves on the season, he also tied a career-best seven groundballs.

Maltz reaches 100 career goals, moves up career points list

  • Daniel Maltzscored the first goal of the game between the Terps and Fighting Irish on March 3, officially cementing themselves as the 18th Terp in program history to score at least 100 points.
  • Maltz currently ranks 298th in the Hall with 150 career points and 13th all-time with 114 career goals.
  • Thanks to an extra-man goal against Princeton, Maltz is now tied with Matt Rambo for the fourth-most extra-man goals in program history (17).
Forward Daniel Maltz (37)Maryland Football will host a mental health symposium on Saturday May at Jones Hill House in College Park, Maryland.  November 11, 2024. Brieanna Andrews/Maryland Terrapins

Maltz reached the 100-goal mark against the Irish on March 3.

Zappitello on the induced turnover charts

  • Ajax Zappitello climbs the list of career-related turnovers. With 71CTs after a three-CT game against Princeton, he is in sole possession of 10th all-time in program history, passing Michael Ehrhardt.
  • Zappitello is one of only 16 Terps, 50 of which generated turnovers.
  • He has committed at least one turnover in 12 games this season and has several in nine games.
  • Zappitello, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player, has committed 21 turnovers this season, second most in the Big Ten. He became the fifth Terp to be named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a Terphas has now taken home the award for four years in a row.
Defense Ajax Zappitello (1) Lacrosse men vs.  Syracuse at JMA Dome in Syracuse, NY on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Brieanna Andrews/Maryland Terrapins

Zappitello was drafted No. 3 overall in the 2024 PLL Draft by the Maryland Whipsnakes on Tuesday, May 7.

Overtime is terp time

  • In three of the first six games this season, the Terps went to overtime, emerging victorious in all three games.
  • Owen Murphy got the job done in Maryland's season opener in Richmond, connecting deep in 2OT. SSDM George Stamos was the unlikely hero in Syracuse, getting the game-winner from a successful clean sheet in Maryland. Daniel Maltz noted the winner against Brown, taken from a feed from Braden Erksa.
  • Maryland went 2-1 in overtime games last season, with victories over No. 1 Virginia and No. 19 Ohio State.
  • The Terps are under 15-8 in overtime games John Tilman and won five straight dating back to last season.
Offense Daniel Maltz (37) Maryland Men's Lacrosse vs.  Brown at Secu Stadium in College Park, MD on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Mackenzie Miles / Maryland Terrapins

10: The magic number

  • Since John Tilman took over the program in 2011, Maryland has won 159 of the 181 games in which it scored 10 or more goals for a winning percentage of .878.
  • Additionally, Maryland is 125-12 since Tillman took over the program in 2011, when it allowed nine goals or fewer for a .912 winning percentage, including a 51-game winning streak when foes were held to fewer than 10 goals between 2017 and April 20. 2024.
Maryland Men's Lacrosse in round one of the NCAA Tournament against Princeton at SECU Stadium in College Park, MD on Saturday, May 11, 2024.Allison Mize/Maryland Terrapins

The Terps reached both magical numbers in the 16-8 win over Princeton in the first round.

History of success

  • Maryland has an all-time record of 891-289-4 (.754), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (one team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished with a record of .500 or better in all 99 seasons. The program reached the 800-win milestone with a 12-6 victory on April 12, 2017 in Albany.
  • The Terps boast four NCAA championships, 28 Final Four appearances and 522 All-Americans.
  • With a 14-9 victory over No. 5 Johns Hopkins on May 4, 2023, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, the Terps extended their streak of double-digit winning seasons to 20, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. The streak also coincides with the Terps making 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, also the longest streak in the nation in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. With a win against Duke, the Terps would continue their ten-game winning streak.
  • Since joining the Big Ten in 2015, Maryland is 41-9 (.820) in conference play.
2022 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Champions

The Terps won the 2022 national championship with a perfect 18-0 record.

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