Baltimore lacrosse update 2012

The last time we talked, the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament was about to begin, and three Maryland teams were vying for the top spot. Now it’s time for the final four teams to head to Foxborough, where the Loyola Greyhounds will face Notre Dame and the University of Maryland will take on Duke. (Unranked Maryland destroyed Johns Hopkins, the number two seed, in the quarterfinals. It was painful.) This is where things start to get very, very intense.

So intense, in fact, that wagers are starting to be made. The staff at Loyola Magazine has cut a deal with their counterparts at Notre Dame Magazine that “when the Greyhounds win on Saturday,” the Indianans will send over a box of kielbasa and some South Bend Factory chocolates. (In the off chance that Loyola loses, Notre Dame will receive some crab cakes. But we can’t imagine that’ll happen.) This matchup promises to be a dynamic one:  Loyola has a killer offense, with two attackmen who’ve scored 45 or more goals this season; Notre Dame is famed for its defense. But, according to Baltimore Sun sportswriter Mike Preston, Maryland is actually the team to watch… and perhaps to beat:  “Of the four remaining squads, the Terps play with the most emotion, which is why they have been so inconsistent through the years,” Preston writes. But “they’ve got more motivation going in than any other team.”

Meanwhile, another set of Terps is gearing up for a championship bid: Maryland’s women’s lacrosse squad faces number two seed Northwestern tomorrow night. The team can gain some enthusiasm by looking to former coach Cindy Timchal, who will be inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame this fall. But plenty of Baltimoreans may find themselves cheering for top-ranked University of Florida instead; that team’s roster includes ten women who graduated from Baltimore-area high schools.

Who are you rooting for?