Maryland men’s lacrosse is finally a national champion again.
The Terrapins beat Ohio State 9-6 on Monday in Foxborough, Mass., to win the 2017 NCAA men’s lacrosse national championship. It was the first national title for the program since 1975. In the 42 years since, Maryland was the national runner-up nine times, including in 2015 and ’16.
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The Terps made sure they weren’t runners-up a third straight season with a solid defensive performance against the Buckeyes. They held Ohio State without a goal for a 20-minute stretch in the first half and kept the Buckeyes to three goals until the fourth quarter.
It was the third time this season the two Big Ten foes met, the title game being the rubber match. The Terps were the top seed in the NCAA Tournament and finished the season 16-3.
Maryland’s women’s team also won an NCAA lacrosse title at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Meanwhile, though the Buckeyes finished one win short of a national championship, they still turned in the best season in program history. Ohio State made its first Final Four and finished the season 16-5.