College basketball previews: Top games in the DMV

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College basketball previews: Top games in the DMV

For those bummed about missing out on Georgetown's upcoming Aircraft Carrier game, Maryland's season tipoff against Kentucky in Brooklyn or any road tilt involving one of the local college basketball teams, here's some good news: when it comes to noteworthy, impactful and highly anticipated matchups, the DMV is stacked. Here's a baker's dozen worth of men's college basketball games and all only a metro ride or short drive away...

Nov. 9, George Mason vs. Virginia (Patriot Center) -- Even with the just announced suspensions to two players including center Erik Copes, plenty of juice remains for this in-state matchup. Pulling out a win over an ACC squad -and the first BCS program to visit the Patriot Center since 2006 (Mississippi State) - would immediately give the Patriots an RPI boost. A victorious Virginia would show the Cavaliers have game in the post-Mike Scott era.

Nov. 30, Georgetown vs. Tennessee (Verizon Center) -- This Big East-SEC challenge meeting is a battle of length versus bulk. Otto Porter and Greg Whittington headline the long-limbed and rather young Hoyas while the Vols offer resistance inside via the combined 530 pounds from Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon. John Thompson III, a heads up. You have three weeks or so to work on your posing. In this department, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin is clearly in mid-season form.

Dec. 2, Maryland vs. George Mason (Verizon Center) -- The Patriots make their fourth appearance in the BB&T Classic and face the College Park crew for the first time since 2004-05. Maryland sophomore guard Nick Faust scored only 3 points in last season's win over Notre Dame. With the Terps entering the final year of their contract, this could be the Baltimore product's last chance to make an impact on this local tournament stage and the matchup against fellow wing Sherrod Wright is a juicy one.

Dec. 8, George Washington vs. Kansas State (Smith Center) -- The Colonials have significantly upgraded their share of local talent under second-year coach Mike Lonergan, not to mention their out of conference schedule. That combination means freshmen guard Joe McDonald (Landon) and former Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood (Montrose Christian) battle the formidable Wildcats, led by their own former D.C. area prep star in Rodney McGruder (Archbishop Carroll). The twist is the meeting with the Big 12 program, one that returns five starters from last season's 22-win team, takes place on the Colonials home turf and not in Manhattan (Ks.) where GW lost last season.

Jan. 16, American vs. Lehigh (Bender Arena) -- Come to thank the Mountain Hawks, led by their all-everything guard C.J. McCollum, for upsetting Duke in last season's NCAA Tournament. Stay for a matchup between two of the top three teams in the Patriot League. If Jeff Jones' Eagles are to make it back to the highest level of March Madness themselves for the first time since 2009, they'll likely have to knock off Lehigh. Might as well start practicing now.

Jan. 26, Georgetown vs. Louisville (Verizon Center) -- Coming off a Final Four run, the Cardinals enter this season ranked No. 2 nationally and figure to arrive in D.C. on a revenge mission. Last season Georgetown defeated then fourth-ranked Louisville 71-68 on the road behind 20 points from Markel Starks. From there the chatty Hoyas guard faded offensively the rest of the way, but Georgetown needs its most experienced backcourt option at his productive best with slithery guard Peyton Siva set to strike for Rick Pitino's squad.

Jan. 31, George Mason vs. Drexel (Patriot Center) -- Debated going with the Patriots contest against soon-to-be-departing Old Dominion (Jan. 10), but in terms of this season, the Drexel game is the one to watch. If the Patriots plan on winning the CAA regular season crown, downing the conference favorite in the first of two meetings would be a wise move. Last season the only matchup took place in Philly and went the way of the defensively feisty Dragons despite seven blocks by Patriots center Erik Copes - in the first half.

Feb. 2, Howard vs. Savannah State (Burr Gymnasium) - The Bison's up and coming roster filled with eight sophomores and freshman are poised to improve on last season's 10 wins and make a corresponding move into the middle of the MEAC pack. The bonus here is catching a peek at the Tigers, the preseason conference favorite and the team primed to be this year's Norfolk State.

Feb. 9, George Washington vs. Butler (Smith Center) -- The Colonials host only one of the two new cool kid A-10 programs this year, specifically the 2010 and 2011 national runner-up Bulldogs. Bummer the floppy haired Matt Howard is long gone, but we still have the tactical coaching matchup to watch between Lonergan and Butler's Brad Stevens. GW's only game with Shaka Smart and VCU is Feb. 16 in Richmond.

Feb. 16, Maryland vs. Duke (Comcast Center) --This just in: these programs just plan don't like each other. Everyone - especially NBA scouts - will love watching the matchup in the middle between Duke's Mason Plumlee and Maryland's Alex Len, the 13th and 14th rated draft prospects according to Draft Express.

Feb. 16, Navy vs. Army (Alumni Hall) -- Wrong sport? Eh, whatever.

Mar. 6, Maryland vs. North Carolina (Comcast Center) -- No doubt we could have placed Maryland's January home date with ACC preseason favorite NC State on this list, but the Wolfpack remain third among Tobacco Road teams Terp fans are most amped to face. By this point in the season we'll know more about the new-look Tar Heels than we do now, but 6-foot-9 forward James Michael McAdoo likely inherits the role of go-to guy and thus is the one Maryland students will want to start developing chants about. Keep it clean kids.

Mar. 9, Georgetown vs. Syracuse (Verizon Center) -- As it turns out, the best comes last. Meeting in the regular season for the final team as Big East rivals. Thompson vs. Boeheim. Gray vs. Orange. The Princeton offense vs. the 2-3 zone. Echo's of Ewing, Floyd and Mourning vs. Pearl, Coleman and Douglas. None of the rooters on either side, the front row sitters to the upper deck face painters, want this longtime rivalry to end - but if this is it, March 9th can't get here soon enough.   

Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College in championship

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Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College in championship

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a sporadic first half, top-seeded Maryland did what it normally does.

A 5-5 halftime tie was a 10-5 Maryland lead just 4:26 into the second half, and the Terrapins held on to beat Boston College 16-13 on Sunday in the NCAA women's lacrosse championship game.

"We struggled shooting in the first half," coach Cathy Reese said. "We came out in the second half on fire. Give these guys all the credit. They played hard. They played their hearts out."

Caroline Steele had six goals and an assist, Taylor Hensh scored three times, and the Terps capped an unbeaten season with their 13th NCAA title. Jen Giles, Megan Whittle and Kali Hartshorn each had two goals and an assist for the Terrapins (23-0).

Maryland played in its fifth straight final and won its third title in four years. The only NCAA tournament loss during that span came in last year's championship game, when North Carolina knocked off the two-time defending champ Terrapins 13-7.

"Three for four isn't too shabby. Finishing up your senior season undefeated is pretty awesome," said Zoe Stukenberg, who had three assists in her final game with the Terps.

The heavily favored Terps scored 10 seconds into the game, They racked up those five quick goals in the second half, but Boston College kept it from becoming a runaway.

"We were a little shook up again in the first half," Boston College coach Acacia Walker said. "They're just so smart. They just tuned in and did what they needed to do. Every person did their job and we just sort of plugged away."

Kenzie Kent had five goals and five assists for Boston College, which reached the championship game for the first time. Sam Apuzzo scored four goals for the Eagles, giving her 80 for the season.

Although Maryland never trailed, the Terps were pushed by the Eagles, who battled back from an early 5-2 deficit.

After being shut out for the last 16:11 of the first half, the Terps stormed out of halftime to regain command. Whittle started it with a goal 19 seconds in, then Steele struck for two 1:18 apart to get the Terps comfortably on top again.

"Caroline played great. She was on fire," Stukenberg said. "We needed her. Nobody else was and she stepped up when we needed her. It was unbelievable."

Kent kept Boston College close with three straight goals to cut the margin to 11-9, then assisted on Dempsey Aresenault's goal with 14 minutes left to get the Eagles back within a goal.

"I think it gives negative mojo to your team if you think of how many goals you're down," Kent said. "Instead, we take it play by play and I think that's what got us out of that hole."

Caroline Wannen scored for Maryland with 12:04 left to start the Terps on another scoring surge. Hensh put Maryland up 13-10, then, after Kent's fifth goal of the game, the Terps picked up three more goals by Kali Hartshorn, Steele and Hensh with 4:07 left to all but seal another title for Maryland.

Apuzzo added a pair of late goals for the Eagles.

Hartshorn put Maryland up 1-0 10 seconds in. Hensh made it 2-0 1:42 later when she plucked her rebound out of the air and swept it in behind BC goalie Zoe Ochoa. Apuzzo answered with two goals for BC to set the back-and-forth tone that would last until the final few minutes.

Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

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Maryland holds on to beat Denver, advance to national title game

The Maryland men’s lacrosse team is returning to the national championship game for a third straight year.

The Terrapins held on to beat Denver, 9-8, in the national semifinals Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Maryland’s Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with 8:41 to go and the Terps defense held tight to preserve the victory.

Kelly scored three goals to pace Maryland on offense. The Terps led 4-1 in the first half and 5-3 at halftime before Denver tied it up at 8-8 with 10 minutes remaining ahead of what proved to be the game winner.

In the final two minutes, both teams had goals waved off because of crease violations – one from Maryland's Colin Heacock with 1:28 remaining and a second from Denver's Connor Donahue with 9.2 seconds left.

Maryland will now play Ohio State in the national championship game at 1 p.m. ET Monday. The Buckeyes beat Towson, 11-10, in the earlier semifinal Saturday.

For the Terps, the game will mark their 14th national title game appearance, though they haven’t won it since 1975. Since then, Maryland has finished as runner-ups nine straight times (1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016), including four times in the past six years.

The Terps fell 10-5 to Denver (2015) and 14-13 in overtime to North Carolina (2016) in the last two national title games.

In addition to the 1975 title, Maryland also won it in 1973. They also finished as runner-ups in 1971 and 1974.

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will be playing in their own national championship game Sunday, against Boston College. The Terps beat Penn State, 20-10, Friday night, and Boston College rallied to beat Navy, 16-15.

The Maryland women’s team has won 12 national championships, most recently in both 2014 and 2015.