DI Men's Lacrosse: How North Carolina defeated Maryland for national championship
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By Maryland Athletics
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 1 overall seed Maryland men's lacrosse team is set to face unseeded North Carolina Monday at 1 pm in the NCAA National Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Terps are seeking their third NCAA National Championship in program history.
• Saturday's meeting marks the fourth postseason matchup in history between Maryland and North Carolina, with the Terps most recently defeating the Heels last season in the QF's, 14-7. Maryland has won three straight meetings and leads the all-time series, 42-24, including an 11-8 victory March 6.
• Sophomore Connor Kelly has had immense success against North Carolina, totaling nine points on six goals and three assists in his last two meetings. Kelly had three goals and three assists in Maryland's win against UNC earlier this season, tallying a point on each of the first five goals in the contest.
• Maryland has 10 players on its roster that have played at least 50 career collegiate games. Defenders (5): Greg Danseglio (64), Matt Dunn (62), Isaiah Davis-Allen (54), Mac Pons (53), Kyle Bernlohr (52). Midfielders (3): Henry West (65), Bryan Cole (63), Pat Young (61). Attackmen (2): Matt Rambo (55), Colin Heacock (53).
• Maryland is making its 13th appearance in the NCAA Finals as it looks to claim its first National Championship since 1975. It is also head coach John Tillman's fourth appearance in the championship in six seasons at Maryland.
• Maryland has trailed for just 14 minutes and 21 seconds of a possible 361+ minutes over its last six contests. Included in the span is two games in the B1G Tourney in which the Terps never trailed. The Terps have also proven they can come from behind, posting a 4-0 record when trailing at half.
• The Terps have won 14 NCAA Tournament games since head coach John Tillman took over the program in 2011 - the most in the NCAA over that span. It is also the most NCAA wins in a six-year stretch for the program since Bud Beardmore's Terps won 13 games between 1971-76.
• Maryland won its 17th game of the season against Brown to extend its program single-season record for victories. The Terps have also won a single season program record 16 straight games, scoring 12 goals per game during the streak.
• Junior Matt Rambo is one of the hottest players in college lacrosse, totaling 28 points over his last five games. He has posted 14 goals and 14 assists during that span. Rambo has totaled 17 points in the NCAA Tournament, just one point shy of the Maryland single-Tournament record of 18 points set by Andrew Whipple in 1998.
• The Terps are 66-4 under John Tillman when scoring at least 10 goals in a game, including wins in 49 of their last 50 games. That trend has continued this season with a 16-0 mark. Maryland is also 63-4 when leading at halftime under Tillman.
• Junior Matt Rambo recorded six points against Brown to reach 69 points for the season - the most for a Maryland player since Mark Douglas posted 74 in 1991. Rambo is on the verge of becoming just the seventh player in Maryland history to record 70 points in a single-season.
• John Tillman is in his ninth season as a head coach, and sixth with the Terps, with a 100-44 career record for a .694 winning percentage. Tillman is 80-25 (.762) as Maryland's head coach.
• North Carolina's Joe Breschi is in his eighth season as head coach of the Tar Heels.
SERIES HISTORY VS. UNC
• Maryland is 42-24 all-time against the Tar Heels, including a 2-1 record in NCAA Tournament action.
• The Terrapins defeated North Carolina by a convincing 14-7 scoreline in last season's NCAA Quarterfinals. The teams have also met in 2011 (Maryland win) and 1986 (UNC win).
By UNC Athletics
TAR HEELS FACE TERRAPINS MONDAY IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The University of North Carolina men’s lacrosse team, under the direction of eighth-year head coach Joe Breschi, returns to action this Monday when it plays the Big Ten Conference champion Maryland Terrapins at 1 p.m. EDT in the 2016 NCAA Tournament championship game.
The match will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
The Tar Heels come into the game with an 11-6 record and a 3-1 mark in the ACC. The last time out Carolina defeated seventh-seeded Loyola 18-13 in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 28.
With the win over the Greyhounds, the Tar Heels return to the NCAA championship game for the first time since 1993 when it finished as national runner-up, losing to Syracuse 13-12. This will mark Carolina’s sixth all-time appearance in the NCAA championship game - 1981, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2016.
The Tar Heels were ranked 12th in the final USILA coaches poll of the 2016 season and 14th the final regular season Cascade/Maverik media poll of the 2016 campaign.
The Terrapins are 17-2 so far this campaign and they won the Big 10 regular season and tournament championships. The Terrapins were ranked first in the final USILA coaches poll of the 2016 season and first in the final regular season Cascade/Maverik media poll of the 2016 campaign. Maryland advanced to the NCAA championship game after beating fifth-seeded Brown Saturday in a wild semifinal match, prevailing 15-14 in overtime. The Terps are in the championship match for the second straight year and fourth time since 2011.
Carolina is unseeded in this year’s tournament field while the Terrapins came in as the tourney’s #1 seed.
Monday’s game will televised nationally live on ESPN2 and will also be available on Watch ESPN. Eamon McAnaney will be the play-by-play announcer for ESPN2 while Quint Kessenich is the analyst and Paul Carcaterra is the sideline reporter.
A live stats link will be available on GoHeels.com as well as a link to the WatchESPN telecast.
CAROLINA VERSUS MARYLAND THE SERIES: North Carolina and Maryland will be meeting for the 67th time in history on Monday. The Terrapins lead the all-time series 43-24.
Maryland has won three games in a row in the series against the Tar Heels, including an 11-8 regular-season victory in College Park, Md. on March 26 of this year.
Over the past 12 games in the series, each team has won six times.
Monday’s game will mark the fourth time the two teams have played each other in the NCAA Tournament. Carolina beat the Terps in the 1986 NCAA quarterfinals. Maryland beat Carolina in the 2011 NCAA 1st round and the 2015 NCAA quarterfinals.