1972 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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1972 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Dates May–June 1972
Teams 8
Finals site University of Maryland
Champions Virginia
Runner-up Johns Hopkins
MOP Jay Connor, Virginia
Attendance[1] 7,001 finals
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1971 1973»

The 1972 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the second annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. This was the last NCAA championship in which the Wingate Memorial Trophy was also presented to the national champion. Prior to NCAA Lacrosse Championships, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) awarded the Wingate Memorial Trophy to the NCAA annual champion based on regular season records.

Tournament Overview[edit]

The 1972 NCAA Division I tournament championship game was played at University of Maryland in front of 7,001 fans. As in 1971, teams were first selected from the college lacrosse divisions, and then at-large teams were chosen. Army, Navy, Maryland and Johns Hopkins were selected as "seeded" picks. And Virginia, Cortland, Rutgers and Washington & Lee were picked as the at-large teams.

The Virginia Cavaliers led by coach Glenn Thiel (longtime coach at Penn State) with an 11 and 4 record, defeated Johns Hopkins 13 to 12. Virginia was led by USILA player of the year Pete Eldredge, who finished with four goals, scored the game winner with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The victory gave Virginia its first NCAA national title in any sport (but second USILA lacrosse title). The Cavaliers had lost to Hopkins, Maryland and Navy during the regular season. The Cavaliers survived a late rush by Jack Thomas, who with 12 seconds left in the game appeared to have a clear shot at the net. Bob Scott however had, unknown to the ball players called a timeout, negating what would have been a last-second game-tying attempt.

This tournament saw the entry in the tournament of two early innovative lacrosse programs, Cortland State and Washington and Lee. Cortland was notable for going 14 and 2 that season while knocking off defending champion Cornell, Syracuse and Navy. Cortland was coached by Jack Emmer who later took Washington and Lee to consecutive NCAAs, before moving on to be the longtime coach at Army.

Paced by veterans Jay Connor, Tom Duquette, Pete Eldredge and Chip Barker as well as freshman Richie Werner, Virginia got the winning goal from Eldredge, unassisted with 4:11 left in the contest. Maryland, the pre-tourney favorite, fell in the semifinals to Johns Hopkins 9–6. Connor, the tourney’s leading scorer, set a meet record for assists. Maryland’s John Kaestner broke the single-game assist mark. Virginia and Johns Hopkins combined to shatter all three of the tournament records for shots on goal.

In the first round, Jack Emmer's Cortland team edged Navy 10 to 9 in double overtime, led by Paul Wehrum's 3 goals. Cortland scored three goals in the fourth quarter to erase a 9–6 deficit and won the game despite being outshot by Navy 57–28. [2][3][4] [5]

Tournament Bracket[edit]

First round
May 20
May 27
June 3
Maryland 9
Rutgers 3
Maryland 6
Johns Hopkins 9
Johns Hopkins 11
Washington and Lee 5
Johns Hopkins 12
Virginia 13
Virginia 12
Army 3
Virginia 14
Cortland State 7
Cortland State 10
Navy 9
* = Overtime

Tournament Boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 4 3 1 5 13
Johns Hopkins 3 2 4 3 12
  • Virginia scoring – Pete Eldredge 4, Richie Werner 3, Chip Barker 3, Tom Duquette 2, Jay Connor
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Bill Nolan 4, Gary Handleman 2, Jack Thomas 2, Don Krohn 2, Richard Kowalchuk, Pat Sinram
  • Shots: Virginia 44, Johns Hopkins 33

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 2 5 4 3 14
Cortland St. 1 1 2 3 7
  • Virginia scoring – Jay Connor 3, Pete Eldredge 3, Richie Werner 3, Tom Duquette, Chip Barker, Jim Ulman, George Turner, Doug Cooper
  • Cortland St. scoring – Paul Wehrum 3, John Eberenz 2, Bert Severns, Ken McEwan
  • Shots: Virginia 59, Cortland St. 31
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Johns Hopkins 3 1 4 1 9
Maryland 1 3 2 0 6
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Bill Nolan 2, Jack Thomas 2, Kenneth Winegrad, Gary Handleman, Richard Kowalchuk, Mike Perez, William McCutcheon
  • Maryland scoring – John Kaestner 3, Dave Dempsey 2, Pat O’Meally
  • Shots: Maryland 38, Johns Hopkins 34

Tournament Outstanding Player[edit]

Jay Connor, Virginia, 13 points, Tournament Leading Scorer

  • The NCAA did not designate a Most Outstanding Player until the 1977 national tournament. The Tournament outstanding player is listed here as the tournament leading scorer.


  1. ^ "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (pdf). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "1972 NCAA Spring Championship Review". NCAA News. June 25, 1972. pp. Page 4 of 7. Archived from the original on January 3, 2006. Retrieved May 30, 2008. 
  3. ^ Associated Press. Virginia Tops Jays For Lacrosse Title. The Cumberland Times. June 4, 1972. pg. 42
  4. ^ "Virginia Wins Lacrosse Title". The Free Lance-Star. June 5, 1972. pp. Page 4 of 10. 
  5. ^ "Cortland Men's Lacrosse Team Guides". SUNY Cortland. 2008. 

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