NCAA Lacrosse – Team Profiles

Duke

Locals: Sean Lowrie (Foxborough)

One of the Blue Devils or Maryland have reached the championship in each of the last nine seasons, and that will be the case again this weekend. Following the top ranking in the nation in the preseason, Duke suffered some setbacks during the year but has stepped up when it mattered the most.

A win over Johns Hopkins got the Devils this far, and the next two games will be their toughest on the schedule this season.

Maryland

Locals: Nick Brozowski (Concord)

Looking to defend their national title, the Terps will face a former conference rival to get there. Connor Kelly is the Tewaaraton favorite with 78 points and is known to take over games.

The Terrapins are also arguably the deepest team to make it to Final Four weekend as they look to replicate the way last year turned out on the same turf.

Albany

The Great Danes exploded out of the gate, suffering just two losses in the regular season. One of those was against Yale, a game where Connor Fields was injured in the opening quarter.

It should be a different game this time out for a team that’s known for its offense. Albany jumps out early on teams and it’s difficult to come back against them.

Yale

The Bulldogs have been in this situation before and they have the confidence to know they can defeat Albany. After falling in the Ivy League title game to Cornell, Yale rebounded with two straight tournament wins to get to this point.

Ben Reeves is a Tewaaraton finalist, and a top draft pick to the pro ranks, but the Bulldogs are going to need their defense and freshman goalie Jack Starr to be on in order to advance past the Danes.

Wesleyan

There were big expectations for the Cardinals this season after breaking out a year ago. If a win against Tufts in the quarterfinals wasn’t impressive enough, the Harry Stanton-led Cardinals defeated undefeated RIT to get to this point.

Wesleyan can score as well as any team in the nation at any level, but their challenge will be shutting down a competent Seagulls squad.

Salisbury

Without a loss since March, the Seagulls tore through their schedule, toppling Dickinson and Gettysburg to make it to the final game of the season.

Corey Gwin leads the offense, but it’s sophomore goalie Brandon Warren and his 53 percent save percentage that will make life tough for the Cardinals in this bird battle.

Merrimack

Back in the same spot as last season, the Warriors have an opportunity once more to win a title in front of local fans. Behind freshman Sean Black, the Warriors have put an offensive onslaught on all their opponents.

Unlike a year ago, Merrimack comes into this game as a favorite, and has the guns to get it done. A mix of veterans who have been in this spot plus their young offense has the Warriors in a good position.

Saint Leo

The Lions have had to make as impressive of a run as the Warriors, including beating rival Tampa in the second round. Saint Leo took down Lenoir-Rhyne behind a 16-save performance from Thomas Tatarian in the second round.

Tatarian is the Lions’ best hope to defeat a Merrimack team that scores in bunches and uses that momentum for the rest of the game.