Maryland and Denver make NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship game
- Updated: May 23, 2015
Philadelphia PA: As everyone celebrates a long holiday weekend and take time to remember those who lost the lives for this country, the entire NCAA Lacrosse nation came to Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Final Four to see Notre Dame, Denver, Maryland & John Hopkins go at it for the national championship. The matchups were Notre Dame vs Denver & Maryland vs John Hopkins. The games were broadcasted nationally on ESPN2 with Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra.
The first game was Denver vs Notre Dame. Denver would open the scoring by scoring the games first 2 goals by Tyler Pace & Jack Bobzien. Notre Dame would get on the board on goal by Jim Marlatt. Both teams would exchange goals in the 1st half & Denver would take a 7-4 at halftime. Notre Dame would make an amazing comeback, The play of the game was when Denver Wesley Berg would backhand the shot and the ball bounced between the goalie legs and went in to give Denver 10-6 lead with 4:23 left in 4th quarter. Notre Dame would go on a tear lead by Sergio Perkovic who would score 5 straight goals & then Nick Ossello would score the game tying goal with 9 seconds left to force overtime at the score of 10-10. Denver would win the game in Overtime as Wesley Berg launched a shot and it sends Denver to their 1st National Championship game in school history.
The second game was Maryland vs John Hopkins. This was a rematch from a game earlier in the season which saw Maryland defeat John Hopkins. Maryland would open the scoring on goal by Henry West for the early 1-0 lead, John Hopkins would answer back on goal by Joel Tinney. Maryland was in full control of the game & would take a 6-4 lead into halftime. Maryland would pick up where they left off and increase the lead to 10-5 with 7:28 left in the 3rd quarter. John Hopkins would go on a run and made the game interesting as they would cut the lead to 12-11 with 1:13 left. The run would not be enough as Maryland would hold on for a 12-11 win and advance to the championship game. There was a crowd of 29,123 which saw 2 amazing lacrosse games.
The National Championship game is Denver vs Maryland on Monday at 1PM on ESPN2. If Denver wins the championship, it would be the schools 1st ever championship, on the other hand if Maryland wins, this would be their first national championship since 1975,
Notre Dame Sergio Perkovic
Notre Dame Nick Ossello
Denver Wesley Berg
John Hopkins Coach Dave Pietramala
Maryland Casey Ikeda & Matt Rambo