FOXBOROUGH, Md. -- The Maryland men's lacrosse team defeated Ohio State 9-6 to capture the 2017 Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship at Gilette Stadium Monday.
Junior Tim Rotanz scored three goals to pace the Terps offense, while senior defender Tim Muller was named the Championship's Most Outstanding Player.
2017 #NCAALax National Champions! @TerpsMLAX pic.twitter.com/lnFq7hKpeD— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAA_Lax) May 29, 2017
“We knew we were going to have to play our best game to have a chance to win, so I want to tip my hat to Ohio State,” Maryland coach John Tillman siad. “I'm obviously very proud of our team. I'm happy for our state, our school, our students and our alums. Especially the alums, having waited so long. I think that was a big thing that motivated us was to try to bring a championship back for them, but also living in the moment, knowing that this was their time. I couldn't be happier for our guys.”
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Maryland held the Buckeyes' attack at bay for most of the afternoon, limiting OSU to just 25 shots while junior goalie Dan Morris made 11 saves. The Terps scored three goals in the fourth quarter to seal the three-goal victory, as Maryland captured its 12th all-time National Title and first since 1975.
.@Terps_MLax react after Championship win. #NCAALax https://t.co/oBzL9CxJaZ— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAA_Lax) May 29, 2017
Maryland took a 5-2 lead into the locker room, thanks in part to a pair of goals from junior Adam DiMillo who entered Monday's game with just three goals on the year.
Rotanz, Maltz and Kelly all scored as well to help the Terps build up a three-goal advantage. Maryland's defense came up with several big stops to thwart the Buckeye's offense, which included five first half saves for Morris.
In addition to Muller, Rotanz, Connor Kelly, Dylan Maltz, Dan Morris and Matt Rambo were named to the all-tournament team.