1973 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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1973 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Dates May-June 1973
Teams 8
Finals site Franklin Field
Philadelphia
Champions Maryland
Runner-up Johns Hopkins
MOP Jack Thomas, Johns Hopkins
Attendance[1] 5,965 finals
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1972 1974»

The 1973 NCAA Division I tournament championship game was played at Franklin Field in Philadelphia in front of 5,965 fans. The undefeated Maryland Terrapins, led by coach Bud Beardmore and Hall of Fame midfielder Frank Urso defeated Johns Hopkins 10 to 9 in two overtimes, with Urso scoring the winning goal 1:18 into overtime.

Tournament Overview[edit]

The top eight teams in the season-ending lacrosse coaches poll, were selected to play in the 1973 tournament.

Hopkins had defeated Virginia, 12-9, and Maryland beat Washington and Lee, 18-5, to reach the finals. This was Maryland's eighth overall men's lacrosse national championship, but first under the newly instituted NCAA tournament format. Bud Beardmore was named USILA Coach of the Year. Prior to the Hopkins overtime win, the Terrapins closest game was a five goal victory against UMBC. Maryland had beaten Hopkins 17 to 4 in a regular season game about a month prior to the finals. In the Terps' eleven regular season games, they averaged 17.6 points and held opponents to 5.5 points.

Johns Hopkins used a possession game to counter the Terrapins' vaunted offense, which resulted in over fifteen minutes of limited-shooting possessions by the Blue Jays in the first half. Maryland countered with patient and mistake-free defensive play to offset the stall tactic, with Urso getting free scoring three goals. Hopkins held the ball for the first 10:45 of the game, with the first shot of the game not being taken until over 8 minutes had passed. Hopkins stall tactic worked at first as the Blue Jays took a 5-2 lead at halftime.

Maryland overcame the stall tactics of Johns Hopkins in the championship contest, scoring a goal in the second overtime, to win 10-9. Urso scored the game-winner taking a solo run at goal and converting a 15 yard bounce shot. Since there was not sudden-death overtime until the third overtime period, Maryland then held for the final three minutes to win the contest.

The Terps had encountered little resistance on their way to the title, as they downed Brown, 16-4, and Washington and Lee, 18-7, Johns Hopkins had disposed of Army, 11-5, and the defending champion, Virginia, 12-9. The busiest man in the tournament was Washington and Lee goalie Skeet Chadwick, who did not even play in the title game, and who in two contests had 52 saves. Jack Thomas of Johns Hopkins had 11 tournament assists. [2] [3] [4]

Tournament Results[edit]

First Round
May 19
Semifinals
May 26
Championship
June 2
                 
1 Maryland 16
8 Brown 4
1 Maryland 18
4 Wash. & Lee 7
4 Wash. & Lee 13 *
6 Navy 12
1 Maryland 10 *
2 Johns Hopkins 9
3 Hofstra 5
5 Virginia 12
2 Johns Hopkins 12
5 Virginia 9
2 Johns Hopkins 11
7 Army 5
* Two Overtimes

Tournament Boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 OT OT2 Total
Maryland 0 2 4 3 0 1 10
Johns Hopkins 2 3 2 2 0 0 9
  • Maryland scoring – Frank Urso 3, Gary Besosa 2, Pat O’Meally 2, Dino Mattessich, Brooks Sleeper, Doug Schreiber
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Rick Kowalchuk 3, Mike Perez 2, Ken Winegrad 2, Jack Thomas, Franz Wittelsberger
  • Shots: Maryland 50, Johns Hopkins 35

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 5 5 2 6 18
Wash. & Lee 3 3 1 0 7
  • Maryland scoring – Ed Mullen 3, Pat O’Meally 3, Frank Urso 3, Dino Mattessich 2, Doug Radebaugh 2, Doug Schreiber 2, Dave Hallock, Larry Hubbard, Roger Tuck
  • Wash. & Lee scoring – Sam Englehart 2, Skip Lichtfuss 2, Ted Bauer, Bryan Chasney, Dave Warfield
  • Shots: Maryland 74, Wash. & Lee 30
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Johns Hopkins 2 3 3 4 12
Virginia 2 1 4 2 9
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Rick Kowalchuk 4, Franz Wittelsberger 3, Jack Thomas, Dale Kohler, Don Krohn, Ken Winegrad, Bill Nolan
  • Virginia scoring – Barry Robertson 2, Doug Cooper 2, Rich Werner 2, Tom Duquette, Jim Ulman, Owen Daly
  • Shots: Virginia 59, Johns Hopkins 49

Tournament Outstanding Players[edit]

Jack Thomas, Johns Hopkins, 14 pts (3g, 11a), leading tournament 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (pdf). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Spring Sports News Archive". NCAA.com. July 15, 1973. 
  3. ^ "Maryland Mens Lacrosse Media Guide". UMTerps.com. 2007. 
  4. ^ Associated Press. Terps gain stick title. THE CAPITAL. June 4, 1973. pg. 33

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