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Final 2017 NCAA Rundown

Welcome to the Final 2017 NCAA Rundown. It’s a sad but glorious time, and it’s ALL Maryland Everything!

Sure the games were outside of Boston, but when it came down to NCAA lacrosse this past weekend, it was Maryland. All Maryland. Maryland Women’s Lacrosse won the first championship of the weekend. Salisbury (from Maryland) won the D3 title. Maryland Men won the D1 title. Only D2 Champ Limestone was not from Maryland. They did have 7 Maryland-based players on their roster, only two recorded stats. So, aside from them: MARYLAND WON EVERYTHING!

This post is actually pretty short and sweet this week. There will be a few more posts related to championship weekend coming down the line, but I wanted to sign off from the Rundown one last time this season.

ALL NCAA Scoreboard

Friday 5/26 – WOMEN
10 Penn State vs. Maryland 20
16 BC vs. Navy 15

Saturday 5/27 – MEN
9 Maryland vs. Denver 8
11 Ohio State vs. Towson 10

Sunday 5/28
D1 Women – 13 BC vs. Maryland 16
D2 Men – 11 Limestone vs. Merrimack 9
D3 Men – 7 RIT vs. Salisbury 15

Monday 5/29
D1 Men – 9 Maryland vs. Ohio State 6

The Stat Freaks

This section will highlight the best statistical performances from the week. It’s just fun to highlight some of the gaudy performances out there, especially in these HUGE games!

Freak of the Week: The most tempting one here for me was Kevin Reisman from Limestone. He earned the D2 finals’ Most Outstanding Player award as FOGO, helping fuel Limestone’s victory. It was as impressive performance.

But, I have to go with BC’s Kenzie Kent and her 10 points against Maryland in the women’s title game. Maryland dominates awards like they dominate games. They are loaded with talent from top to bottom, but Kent’s scoring was the reason BC was able to stage the comeback they did. No matter what, when you are on the losing team and still earn the game’s Most Outstanding Player: you did something special. Hats off to her as they can close to putting together one of the most unlikely title runs in lacrosse. They came up short, but her efforts did not go unnoticed.

Offense: The Cutoff here is a combined 7 goals and/or assists

Jen Giles – Maryland: 4G, 4A, 4 Shots vs. Penn State
Kenzie Kent – BC: 5G, 5A, 8 Shots vs. Maryland
Caroline Steele – Maryland: 6G, 1A, 8 Shots vs. BC

Defense:  For here, you need 8 GBs, CTs, and/or points

James Bassett – Merrimack: 3GB, 6CT vs. Limestone

Faceoffs: Greater than 70%, at least 10 attempts

Jon Garino – Maryland: 10/14, 8 GB vs. Ohio St.
Kevin Reisman – Limestone: 17/24, 14 GB, 1A vs. Merrimack

Goalies:  Greater than 70%

This was a rough week for goalies statistically. It happens!

D1 Conference Records in the NCAA Tournament

This doesn’t matter at all, but it’s great social media fodder:

Big Ten 7-3

CAA 2-1

Big East 2-2

Northeast 1-1

America East: 1-1

ACC 3-4

Ivy 0-1

Patriot 0-1

MAAC 0-1

SoCon 0-1

Both the Big Ten and CAA have ALMOST the same winning percentage. Is the CAA as good as the Big Ten?!!? No, but still.

Weekend Games to Watch

We would like to turn your attention to the NLL, MLL, and UWLX. Please support your local pro league of choice. Or all of them. I think you should watch them all. But I’m biased because I like lacrosse.

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