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Terps once again suffer championship heartbreak thanks to OT loss

Terps once again suffer championship heartbreak thanks to OT loss

The Maryland men's lacrosse program seemed destined to finally get the championship monkey off its back.

But for the fourth time since 2011, the Terps fell just short in the National Championship, losing to North Carolina 14-13 in overtime.

Maryland began the overtime with possession thanks to an unsportsmanlike penalty by UNC at the end of regulation. But after Tar Heels goalie Brian Balkam denied Connor Kelly from outside, North Caorlina got possession and a chance to win.

Chris Cloutier, who set the all-time goals record for a single tournament with 19, had a great look on the crease but Maryland senior goalie Kyle Bernlohr made an incredible save.

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But following the play, a late hit by Maryland's Mike McCarney resulted in a man-advantage and possession.

On the ensuing possession Cloutier once again found the ball in his stick on the crease and finished the game, and once again dashed the Terps' title hopes.

Maryland held leads of 9-7 and 13-11, but could not pull away from the Tar Heels. Cloutier scored three straight goals to but Carolina up 10-9, and after Matt Rambo led the Terps back in front, Steve Pontrello and Luke Goldstock closed the gap.

Cloutier finished with five goals and was named championship game MVP. Goldstock finished with four goals while Pontrello and Brian Cannon scored twice as well for the Tar Heels. Midfielder Connor Kelly led the Terps in scoring with four goals on eight shots. Philadelphia-native Matt Rambo finished with three goals and three assists in the loss. Colin heacock finished with two goals and two assists, while Dylan Maltz the third member of the Terrapins' attack trio, finished with two goals and one assist. 

Bernlohr finished with nine saves, while Balkam finished with 13. The victory gives the Tar Heels' its fifth in program history and first since 1991. With the Tar Heels defeating the Terrapins in the women's championship game on Saturday, North Carolina becomes the first university since Princeton in 1994 to win both the men's and women's championships in the same year. 

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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.

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Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

The No. 1 prospect basketball in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday. 

The five-star small forward is considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade and will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Bates had offers from four other schools: DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The Michigan native announced his commitment extremely early in the recruiting process –– so early that the top eight recruits in the 2021 class have not even announced their decisions yet.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first commit of Michigan State’s class. He is also the first five-star to become a Spartan since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017 and the first No. 1 prospect to sign with the school since ESPN began its recruiting database in 2007.

His commitment came at a crucial time for the Spartans who lost significant talent at the end of last season in 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, who graduated, and 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Xavier Tillman Sr., who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season.

Maryland will now have to face Bates at least twice a year in Big Ten play. The Terps have two commits in their class of 2021 – four stars Julian Reese and Ike Cornish – but have yet to add a member to the class of 2022. 

Last season, Maryland and Michigan State each won one matchup against the other. The two teams tied alongside Wisconsin as co-Big Ten Champions. All three teams posted a 14-6 conference record before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were cut short or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the final AP Poll, Michigan State finished ninth while Maryland finished 12th.

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