The ladies’s lacrosse groups at Boston School and the College of Maryland are wanting like contenders for the nationwide championship.
A season in the past, the Terps and the Eagles met within the nationwide semifinals. Boston School superior with a 15-13 victory, however fell within the title bout to James Madison.
To date this season, each squads are undefeated. Boston School is No. 1 within the Inside Lacrosse Ballot launched on March 10, and the Eagles have wins over 4 ranked opponents in Syracuse, Southern California, Navy and Northwestern. The Terps are second within the ballot and have victories over 4 ranked opponents in Florida, North Carolina, Syracuse and Penn.
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With 9 video games remaining for the Eagles and 10 video games remaining for the Terps, it’s time to start out questioning if these groups can end the common season unblemished.
Right here’s the hardest opponent remaining for every squad.
Boston School: at No. Three North Carolina, March 23
The Tar Heels are 6-1 this season and their solely defeat got here in opposition to the Terps in Maryland in additional time. North Carolina gave Maryland all it might deal with. The Tar Heels fell behind by 5 objectives within the first half, however outscored the Terps Eight-Three within the second half to push the sport to additional time.
North Carolina started its season with a convincing 18-7 win over reigning champs James Madison, and the Tar Heels have additionally notched strong wins over Northwestern and Virginia.
The Tar Heels have the seventh-best scoring offense within the nation, scoring 16.33 objectives per sport. That assault is powered by Jamie Ortega, who’s scoring four.43 objectives per sport, tied for the fifth-best mark within the nation.
North Carolina and Boston School cut up final season. The Eagles captured a 17-11 house win within the common season, however the Tar Heels received 14-11 in Durham within the ACC title sport.
Tayler Warehime from Katie Hoeg with 5:35 left is the winner as @uncwlax edges @UVAWomensLax 13-12 in a hard-fought battle. Taylor McDaniels 4g for UNC and Avery Shoemaker 4g for Virginia. pic.twitter.com/JwGqPpmGVz
— US Lacrosse Journal (@USLacrosseMag) March 9, 2019
Maryland: vs. No. 11 Michigan, April 6
The Terps might journey up earlier than this assembly of the Huge Ten powers. On March 24, they need to go to Harrisonburg, Va., to face the reigning champs in James Madison.
But when Maryland can escape that sport unscathed, the Wolverines will nonetheless be within the Terps’ method. Michigan is undefeated this season too, and has notched wins over ranked opponents in Dartmouth, Colorado, Denver and Towson.
The Wolverines have the ninth-best protection within the nation, permitting simply 7.44 objectives per sport. They’ve three gamers who’ve pressured double-digit turnovers, two gamers who’ve greater than 24 draw management wins, and goalkeeper Mira Shane has a 52.6 save proportion.
Michigan’s offense is powered by Lilly Grass and Adriana Pendino, who’ve mixed for 45 objectives and 10 assists this season.
— Michigan Ladies’s Lacrosse (@UMichWLAX) March 10, 2019
Mitchell Northam is a graduate of Salisbury College. His work has been featured on the Atlanta Journal-Structure, the Orlando Sentinel, SB Nation, FanSided, USA At this time and the Delmarva Day by day Occasions. He grew up on Maryland’s Japanese Shore and is now based mostly in Durham, N.C.