On Sunday, May 15, 2011 the No. 6 seeded University of Denver men’s lacrosse team won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game with a 13-10 victory in the First Round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament in front of a record 2,575 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The game, which was the first NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament contest ever played west of the Mississippi River, extended DU’s winning streak to a program-record 11 wins and advanced the Pioneers to the Quarterfinals for the first-time in program history. Denver trailed by as many as three goals in the third quarter, but the Pioneers scored three goals in a 41-second span to tie it (8-8). Freshman goalie Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) made six of his 13 saves in the final quarter to hold Villanova scoreless, while DU racked up three goals to take the 13-10 victory. Denver then advanced to the Quarterfinals, topping No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins 14-9 to advance to the Final Four. The Pioneers fell 14-8 to eventual NCAA Champion Virginia in the semifinals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
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NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse “First-Ever” NCAA Tournament Victory Over Villanova On May 15, 2011
NCAA Div II Men’s Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Mercyhurst College Men’s Lacrosse 9-8 Victory Over Adelphi In 2011 NCAA Div II National Championship Game
Mercyhurst captured its first Division II lacrosse title by holding off a late charge by Adelphi to win 9-8. Lakers midfielder Ian Wild was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.
NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of “2011 NCAA Men’s Champion Virginia Men’s Lacrosse” Tournament Victories Over Maryland, Denver And Cornell On May 21-30
Highlights: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Maryland Terrapins; May 30, 2011; NCAA championship game. Final score: UVA 9, Md. 7.
Highlights: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Denver Pioneers; May 28, 2011; NCAA tournament semifinal. Final score: UVA 14, DU 8.
Highlights: Virginia Cavaliers vs. Cornell Big Red; May 21, 2011; NCAA tournament quarterfinal. Final score: UVA 13, Cornell 9.
NCAA Lacrosse: Interview With Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Tillman Focuses On The Terps Amazing Run To The 2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Title Game Against Virginia
Did you adopt any superstitions or rituals through the season?
We started wearing our purple shirts in honor of Maria Young [mother of senior Ryan Young who died of pancreatic cancer]. Once Maria passed away, we wore
purple shirts underneath our uniforms. We felt like it was important for Maria and her spirit to be with us and create awareness for pancreatic cancer. She had a big impact on our whole season. If we could have won that championship, it would have been the stuff of TV movies.
What’s the last thing you told the team before you took the field for the game against UVA?
Looking back, just knowing that the journey had been so long and so hard for us and so challenging, what we told them was, “You were born for this moment. You’re ready for this moment.” And what will hopefully bring up the victory is playing hard for 60 minutes. Playing hard for each other, our state, our school; staying positive and believing in one another. And telling them honestly, “I love you guys.”
It was the Terps first trip to the championship game since 1998, but you went to the title game in 2004 with Navy. What’s the most pertinent lesson you’ve taken with you after two close losses?
You have to look at it as managing the weekend. There are a lot of distractions that go into the weekend. You have to remember that you worked all year to get yourself to the Final Four. Don’t get distracted by things that aren’t important: playing golf and hanging out in the sun. Be mindful of what’s most important and take a businesslike approach. We really had to fight and scratch in a very competitive, physical—as physical a game as I’ve seen in a long time—game against Duke. It really shows that you’ve got to have depth come Final Four weekend.
You lose 17 seniors from this team. It’s early, but what’s next year look like for the program?
The goals of the program haven’t changed. Our old saying, be the best, is our goal. It’s very hard to win a national championship. There are so many talented teams, great programs, and great coaches. They’re very lofty goals, but that’s why you put so much into it. We’ll be a little more green at the beginning of the year. We’re really going to have to do a good job in the off-season this summer with kids getting bigger and stronger. In the fall and winter, some new leaders are going to have to emerge. I have confidence in these guys. Lacrosse is so important around here. We need to do a good job. There are a lot of people around here who care about it and follow it. It’s something that inspires us.
NCAA Lacrosse: Video Review Of Virginia Men’s Lacrosse “Rocky Road” To The “2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championship”
Meet the man behind the Mohawk, Bray Malphrus, who helped lead the Cavaliers in their roller coaster journey to the national championship.
NCAA Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Credits “Zone Defense” Employed In Second Half Of Season For 2011 NCAA Lacrosse National Championship
Necessitated by a season-ending shoulder injury to junior defenseman Matt Lovejoy in the teams’ first meeting on April 2, Virginia employed a zone for the final eight contests — a stretch during which the Cavaliers went 6-2, including a five-game winning streak to end the season.
The Terps tried to attack the zone by putting two players on the crease in front of senior goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman (a game-high nine saves) and forcing the action inside. But several passes went astray, and senior attackman Ryan Young, junior midfielder Drew Snider and senior long-stick midfielder Brian Farrell each hit either the posts or crossbar.
“I think we got a lot of looks early,” said senior attackman Grant Catalino, who paced Maryland with two goals and one assist. “Adam made a bunch of good saves, we hit a few pipes, missed a few shots. But I think we prepared pretty hard and we executed our game plan. It just seemed that the ball didn’t roll our way today.”
Coach John Tillman said trying to pass to the interior part of any opponent’a defense entails rewards and risks.
“You’ve got to give your guys some rope and let them make some plays. But you also want to be choosy and you want to be responsible,” he said. “You know you’re not going to be 100 percent, but you certainly hope you make a lot more good plays than bad plays. … Again, they’re so rangy and athletic, it may seem like there’s an opening, and then they take it away pretty quickly.”
NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse 8-7 Victory Over Maryland In 2011 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Game On May 29
The Northwestern Wildcats win their 6th NCAA national championship in women’s lacrosse in the last 7 years with an 8-7 victory over the #1 ranked Maryland Terrapins.