NCAA National Championship Semifinals Preview: Maryland’s 2nd seed lacrosse vs. 3rd seed Boston College

The stage was set for Maryland women’s lacrosse to win the 15th National Championship. After defeating the 7th-seeded Florida, 18-5, in front of their home crowd at the field hockey and lacrosse complex, the Terps advanced to the fourth Final 28 and 12 under coach Cathy Reese.

It’s been a strange few seasons for Reese’s team, but the team has withstood all the hurdles to become a national semi-finalist once again. Three years after her last appearance, which ended with the Terps lifting the National Championship trophy, Maryland returns to the Final Four at Homewood Field in Baltimore.

Even through the pandemic and three years of waiting, the Final Four scene looks pretty much the same even with the return of Terps. All four teams in this year’s edition were there in 2019, but the matches have been switched.

Maryland defeated Boston College in the national championship game in 2019. But this year, the Terps are set to face the Eagles in the semifinals, with Northwestern and North Carolina squared off on the other side of the arc.

The Terps and Eagles haven’t met since their 2019 national championship gameā€”the Maryland State game, 12-10. Reese and his companions will be looking for similar results this time as they take I-95 about an hour north to Baltimore.

The opening draw is set for 3 p.m. at Homewood Field and can be watched on ESPNU.

Boston College (18-3, 6-2 ACC)

Technical Director Acacia Walker Weinstein She may have lost to Maryland the last time her team faced, but since that meeting in 2019, Walker-Weinstein has guided Boston College to the summit of the college’s Mount La Crosse. The Eagles won their first national title last season, defeating Syracuse, 16-10. Prior to that, Boston College had always been one of the best teams in the country, but they couldn’t get over the hump after finishing second in a row for three straight years from 2017 to losing in 2019 to Maryland. Now with the championship attributed to its name, the Eagles are on the cusp of defending the crown.

players to know

Graduate striker Charlotte North (No. 8) – The Tewaaraton Award winner is back in the top 5 finalists once again. Her third and final season was a successful follow-up to her record-setting first season. North College’s 82 goals led Boston College for the second year in a row, making it among the sport’s most feared scorers in recent history. Not only does North field opposing defenses, but she’s also a force in a tie. I collected 132 draws for one of the best teams in this division.

Top striker Jane Majid (No. 35) – The Medjid is the perfect complementing piece to a strong north scoring as the big player puts in 69 shots with a 0.795 shot on goal percentage. In the team’s two NCAA games this season, Medjid scored eight goals, the most with a team draw in that period. As a member of the squad since losing to Maryland in 2019, Majeed will look to lead a revenge-hungry attack on the terps.

First midfielder Bill Smith (No. 5) – The Eagles’ other top scorer with eight NCAA goals is Smith, who scored an astonishing seven goals in a quarterfinal match against Loyola (MD). The sophomore has scored in all but one of her games this season, following her new ACC Rookie of the Year season with 53 goals and bringing her career total to 100. As much as Smith’s offensive performance is, she makes a crucial defense for the Eagles in re-defense. As evidenced by her 24 caused fluctuations.

Energy

expertise. This team passed the challenges of the pandemic to perfection, leading to the program’s first national championship. A team with basically this flexibility is completely back away from striker Kara Urbanek, who finished second in the squad in terms of goals last season. Especially compared to Maryland’s roster, which has only one active player who has played in the Final Four, Boston College has a significant advantage.

weakness

milled balls; It’s hard to find weaknesses in teams late in the season. The teams that make the fourth final are mostly strong in all aspects of the game. But the only potentially critical area is the globe frequency at Boston College. The team averaged 13.57 per game, which ranked seventh out of nine ACC teams. Compared to the Maryland average of 17.75, 50/50 balls on the lawn can veer severely toward Maryland.

Three things to watch

1. How will young Terps deal with bright lights? This is the first Final Four show for most of the crew. Fortunately for the Terps guys, the past few seasons have built up to this point. On the surface, Final Four may seem daunting to newcomers, but all they have done is prove over and over again that age is just a number. This year in particular, Terps handled some of the country’s best programs across the country.

2. Maryland Historical Register vs. Boston College. The Terps have won 14 of 15 encounters against the Eagles, their only loss being in the 2018 National Semifinals. Over the years at the ACC, Maryland has dominated, allowing for double-digit goals only twice between 2007 and 2013. While BC maintains bragging rights For now, Maryland will aim to reclaim the throne in the battle of former ACC enemies.

3. Shaylan Ahern can continue to dominate the lottery. Maryland has scored 37 goals in two NCAA games in large part due to impressive play on the lottery circuit from budding midfielder Ahern. She’s got 20 draws (nine against the Roosters, 11 against the Floridas). Ahearn has been ready to play since entering the post-season and her increased abilities have bolstered a proven offensive throughout the season.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the game’s start time from 5 PM to 3 PM