Holloway shines in George Mason's loss to Maryland

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Holloway shines in George Mason's loss to Maryland

Patrick Holloway started his basketball day as a deep reserve on George Mason's bench, having played only five minutes in the Patriots previous game.

By the end of Sunday's 69-62 loss to Maryland in the BB&T Classic, the freshman guard was the first player on either team mention by the opposing coach. Making your first five field goal attempts including a pair of 3-pointers will have that affect.

"What a special scorer that kid is," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "I watched him last year when I was out recruiting. To bring it to this level against us was pretty amazing."

What Holloway brought for the Patriots (5-3) was 17 points, matching Sherrod Wright for team-high honors, plus three 3-pointers.

"Overall he's a great player," Terrapins guard Nick Faust said. "He's definitely a Stephen Curry type. I would say. He has a fluid shot...He definitely lit us up in the beginning."

Even for a college kid the Fairfax native has a rather boyish look, but the former Paul VI star also has a true assassin's edge offensively. Having already hit his first two shots, last year's all-met Player of the Year drained two from beyond the arc during a 52-second stretch that helped change momentum nearing halftime.

"My teammates looked for me and found for a couple of open shots," Holloway said. "That kind of got me going...When I knocked one or two that kind of got me going."

Playing a season-high 22 minutes, Holloway finished 7 of 13 from the field with zero turnovers. In this instance, more Holloway meant less Vertrail Vaughns. The junior guard did play for the first time in a game this season.

"You saw we changed the rotation a little bit today," said George Mason coach Paul Hewitt, who also worked swingman Vaughn Gray into the playing mix." They are shot-makers; they can stretch the floor for us. There were opportunities where our bigs could slip to the basket, but we didn't take advantage, full advantage of what he can do."

George Mason trailed by nine early and 34-30 at halftime before opening the second half with a 7-0 for its first lead of the game. The Terrapins regained the lead with 10 minutes remaining and despite 19 turnovers and string of missed free throws eventually gained separation late.

Holloway's streak of successful makes ended before halftime and Maryland game planned for the 6-foot-1 from there. Eventually the Terps caught up to the Patriots' ways on both ends.

"We can't simulate their quickness in practice," Turgeon said. "We turned the ball over a lot - actually we turned the ball over the whole game. 19 turnovers and 16 missed free throws kind of kept the game close. I thought our defense was outstanding. Did a much better job on Holloway in the second half."

Back in March, Holloway led Paul VI to the City Title championship victory on the same Verizon Center court. Asked if he viewed this spotlight event as an opportunity to showcase his game, Holloway said, "Right now I see every game as an opportunity."

Despite the shooting efforts from Holloway and Wright, the Patriots shot 31 percent (22 of 71) from the field. Johnny Williams finished 3 of 13 and fellow starter Bryon Allen missed all eight of his field goal attempts.

Struggling to generate points since returning from the Paradise Jam Tournament, the Patriots are shooting 34.6 percent over their last three games.

"We had our chances, let some things slip away over the second half," Hewitt said. "Some pretty good shot selection, moved the ball well, but once we got the lead I thought our shot selection, our decision-making -- which has been up and down all year defensively kind of deserted us. We continue to play good defense. If we ever get ourselves together offensively, we have a chance to be a pretty good team."

Holloway certainly made his case for being part of the solution.

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.