Rejuvenated Beamer ready to return Hokies to prominence


Rejuvenated Beamer ready to return Hokies to prominence

It has been a rough stretch for Virginia Tech. After eight-straight 10 win seasons, the Hokies have managed only 22 wins in the past three years leaving many to wonder if the game had passed head coach Frank Beamer by.

At the ACC Kickoff on Tuesday, however, the 68-year-old Beamer appeared rejuvenated and let everyone know the thought of retirement was nowhere in his mind.

“I still like it,” Beamer said. “I mean, right now the challenge of trying to make a team that you think has good ability, making them a good football team, I like that challenge. That's kind of what drives me.”

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After undergoing throat surgery at the end of the 2014 season that largely kept him away from the team’s preparations for the Military Bowl, questions began to spread regarding the coach’s health. The surgery forced him off the sidelines and into the press box for the game. It also left his voice too weak to speak after the win.

Given his age, it would not have been surprising to see Beamer, the winningest active coach in the FBS, step aside.

But, as he told reporters, Beamer has some unfinished business left in Blacksburg.

“We need to get back to where we were a few years ago,” Beamer said. “Last few years we haven’t been as successful as we need to be. For our players and our fans, students, the whole deal, we want to get back there.”

The Hokies may just have the talent to do it. The running back corps that was destroyed by injuries last season returns healthy, quarterback Michael Brewer had a full offseason with the team which he did not have last year, the offense returns its three leading receivers in Isaiah Ford, Bucky Hodges and Cam Phillips and the defense is supposed to be great again as per usual.

Plus, they have a coach who sounds like he can't wait to get back on the sidelines.

Said Beamer, “The health is good. I feel good. I feel excited. … Everything is good in Blacksburg.”

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Maryland vs. Northwestern NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Maryland vs. Northwestern NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After dispatching of Denver in the quarterfinals, the No. 1 seeded Maryland Terrapins take on their Big Ten rivals, the fourth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats, Friday night in the Final Four of the 2019 Division I women's lacrosse tournament. 

It's a matchup of two NCAA women's lacrosse heavyweights, the Terps winning three of the last five national titles, while Northwestern has seven championship trophies of their own. 

Maryland and Northwestern faced each other twice earlier this season, the Terps triumphing in their lone regular season matchup 17-13 on April 11. The Wildcats got revenge in the Big Ten Tournament Championship game in a 16-11 affair, Maryland's only loss of the season thus far. 

Looking to watch No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 4 Northwestern tonight? Here's how to watch: 

Maryland vs. Northwestern How to Watch

What: Maryland Terrapins vs. Northwestern Wildcats, 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Final Four

Where: Homewood Field, Baltimore, Md. 

When: 7:30 p.m. ET Friday, May 24

TV Channel: ESPNNews

Stream: ESPN3

Maryland vs. Northwestern Preview

Record: Maryland (20-1, 6-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (16-4, 5-1 Big Ten)

Last Game: 17-8 win vs. Denver, 5/18 (Maryland), 18-14 win vs. No. 5 Syracuse, 5/18 (Northwestern) 

Last Head-to-Head Matchup: Northwestern 16-11 win on 5/5

Top Scorers: Jen Giles, 76 points on 54 goals and 22 assists (Maryland), Selena Lasota, 100 points on 82 goals and 18 assists (Northwestern)

2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.