Notre Dame beats Virginia in NCAA lax quarterfinals

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Notre Dame beats Virginia in NCAA lax quarterfinals

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) -- The biggest priority for Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan was to keep his team composed, as Irish player Ryan Foley was down on the PPL Park turf, not knowing where he was, or what just happened to him.

So the Irish retaliated to the hard mid-fourth quarter hit on Foley with six goals in handing defending national champion Virginia a 12-10 loss Sunday in the NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinals.

The No. 4-seeded Irish advance to the semifinals against No.1-seed Loyola (Md.) next Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. It marked the first time Notre Dame beat Virginia (12-4) in four tries in the NCAA tournament -- and a return for Notre Dame to the Final Four. It lost to Duke in the 2010 national championship game.

Max Pfeifer led the way for the Irish with three goals, followed by two goals each from Steve Murphy and Sean Rogers.

With 7:41 to play, the game took a scary turn after Foley scored to give Notre Dame (13-2) a 9-8 lead. Virginia's Scott McWilliams lowered his left shoulder and slammed into Foley's chin right after the goal. After being down for about five minutes, Foley had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.

The Notre Dame sideline erupted after the hit, then erupted for three straight goals to take a commanding 12-8 lead with 1:36 left to play.

"I think at that time we were pretty hot-headed, but then we kind of refocused our energy and decided to beat them on the scoreboard," Murphy said. "We decided to send them home and thought that would actually be a bigger slap in the face than actually going back and retaliating back on the field."

Foley, Corrigan said, is OK, but was taken to a local hospital where he underwent tests and further observation. Corrigan also said Foley, "didn't know he was on the field, but he didn't want to come off. I'm not sure he even knew he was in Philadelphia."

Virginia coach Dom Starsia credited Notre Dame's fortitude.

"On the play Foley got hurt, we played defense for the longest time and there was a few times when we thought we'd get the ball, and (Foley) makes a great play at the end," Starsia said. "They just kept coming at us and coming at us, and there were chances for them to crack during that game. Give credit to Notre Dame."

Irish goalie John Kemp finished with 14 saves, nine in the second half when Virginia turned up the pressure.

Though goals from Matt White and Virginia star Steele Stanwick enabled the Cavaliers to get within 12-10 with less than a minute to play, Notre Dame won the ensuing faceoff and drained the remaining time.

The loss marked the last game for Virginia's Stanwick, who finished as the school's all-time leading scorer. He had a goal and four assists Sunday.

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 Matt Rambo 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.

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, to transfer and play football at Maryland

For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.

Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.

As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies. 

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