Talk About an Impressive Season
Men’s Lacrosse Team Captures NCAA Title—and We’ve Got the Final Words (and Tweets) on It
By Annie Krakower
Photo by Zach Bland/Maryland Athletics
With its 9-7 win over Cornell last May before a crowd of 22,184, the top-ranked Maryland men’s lacrosse team not only claimed a fourth NCAA championship, but also put the cherry on top of a perfect 18-0 season.
The victory made the Terps just the fourth undefeated team in the sport’s NCAA history and the first since 2006. The last squad to accomplish that feat? The Virginia Cavaliers, who thwarted UMD’s perfect season in last year’s title game on the same Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
Call it a comeback, redemption or even the greatest season in history, but the 2022 Terps certainly had people talking. Here’s what players, coaches and others around Terp nation had to say about the title.
“I just saw so many kids happy. I saw our parents happy, our administration, our fans, our school, all those people happy, and it’s worth all the sacrifices that you make just because you love to see the tears—the tears of joy, not the tears of pain.”
—John Tillman, men's lacrosse head coach
“Winning titles here looks fun, doesn’t it?”
—Kevin Willard, new men's basketball head coach
“There may never be a men’s lacrosse team in the country as good as this year’s undefeated Maryland national champions ... unless, of course, it’s a future John Tillman-coached Terps team.”
—Johnny Holliday, longtime voice of the Terrapins
“Congrats, boys. Seeing that joy up close was memorable. We talked about making the most of the time you had left together. Now you get to remember this for the rest of your time. Heads up @RJ__Bentleys there are some buses headed your way. Act accordingly.”
—Scott Van Pelt ’88, ESPN sportscaster
“Those guys are gonna be in my wedding one day—just amazing people.”
—Brett Makar, senior defender
“I’m proud to now be an alumnus of the greatest lacrosse program in the world.”
—Logan Wisnauskas, fifth-year attacker and 2022 Tewaaraton Award winner
Women’s Lacrosse Finishes in Final Four
After winning the 2022 Big Ten regular-season title and the conference tournament, the Maryland women’s lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Final Four, where it narrowly lost to Boston College.
The second-seeded Terps (19-2) convincingly defeated Duke University and the University of Florida in their first games of the national tournament on their home field. That earned Maryland its 28th spot in a Final Four. But the third-seeded Eagles rallied, scoring the final four goals of the game to edge UMD, 17-16.
“Falling short at the end hurts, but (I’m) super proud of all of these guys and what they’ve done this season,” Head Coach Cathy Reese told Testudo Times.
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