The butterfly effect continues in Blacksburg.Virginia Tech released highly regarded basketball recruit Montrezl Harrell from his scholarship on Wednesday, several outlets have reported.Harrell, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with the Hokies last November and was the top member of the incoming class recruited by former coach Seth Greenberg. The school replaced Greenberg last month with former assistant James Johnson. The news of Greenberg's dismissal reportedly broke before the school had informed the longtime coach of the change.Since then, last year's top freshman recruit Dorian Fnney-Smith announced his intentions to transfer. Now, the Hokies are losing Harrell, selected as the MVP of last month's Capital Classic, The departure leaves Johnson with only eight scholarship players entering next season, including incoming freshman forward Marshall Wood.Harrell's status among power forwards in the 2012 class rose dramatically during the past year. Reportedly, prominent programs including Kentucky and Louisville began showing interest in thehigh-riser late in the recruiting process. The two Bluegrass schools are said to be on Harrell's short list along with Florida, NC State and Alabama. Virginia Tech has not placed any restrictionsregarding Harrells choice of schools, per the Daily Press.Tech also announced on Wednesday UNC-Wilmington transferAdam Smith will join the program for the 2013-14 campaign. The 6-1 guard averaged 13.7 points per game last season as a freshman.He will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next seasonper NCAA transfer rules.Smiths addition helps the long-term outlook for the program, but in terms of the 2012-13 campaign, the Hokies are hurting. Time will tell how much.
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
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)
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.