1976 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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1976 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Dates May 1976
Teams 8
Finals site Brown University
Champions Cornell
Runner-up Maryland
MOP Mike French, Cornell
Attendance[1] 7,504 finals
20,819 total
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1975 1977»

The 1976 NCAA Division I tournament championship game was played at Brown University in front of 7,504 fans. The undefeated Cornell Big Red, led by Richie Moran, Mike French and Eamon McEneaney, defeated Maryland and Frank Urso, 16 to 13, in overtime.

Tournament Overview[edit]

Throughout the 1970s, Cornell University was dominant in lacrosse with four final appearances and three titles. The 1976 and 1977 versions of the Big Red are generally considered to be among the best college lacrosse teams of all time.

In the matchup that lacrosse fans everywhere wanted to see, for the first time in NCAA tournament history, two undefeated teams, No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Cornell, would meet in the championship game. The game did not disappoint as Cornell down 7-2 at halftime, outscored Maryland 6-2 in the third period to pull within one goal entering the final period. The Terps opened the fourth period with a goal to go up 10-8, but the next four tallies belonged to the Cornell who led 12-10 with three minutes to play. Maryland, however, would get back-to-back goals, including a buzzer-beater, to knot the game and send the contest into overtime. After an initial tally by the Terps’ Terry Kimball, the Cornell would score four unanswered goals to claim the crown with a 16-13 victory.

Cornell earlier in the tournament recorded the only shutout in NCAA tournament history when they blanked Washington and Lee 14 to 0 during the first round. In a 22-11 semifinal win against Navy, Maryland's Ed Mullen had 7 goals and 5 assists to set the tournament record of 12 total points in one game. In a 35-degree driving rainstorm, the Big Red did the improbable with goalie Dan Mackesey pitching a shut. With the help of defensive stalwarts Bob Katz and Ted Marchell, Mackesey made 13 saves in the 14-0 opening round game. The No. 7 Generals, who had been national semifinalists the previous year, had an impressive offensive unit coming into the contest, having outscored its regular season opponents, 147-89.

Mike French tied the then-NCAA tournament single-game scoring record, finishing the day with seven goals and four assists, while Dan Mackesey matched the then-tournament record for saves in a single-game with 28 stops.[2][3][4]

Tournament Results[edit]

First Round Semifinals
May 19
Championship
May 29
                 
1 Maryland 17
8 Brown 8
1 Maryland 22
4 Navy 11
4 Navy 13
5 North Carolina 9
1 Maryland 13
2 Cornell 16 *
3 Johns Hopkins 11
6 Massachusetts 9
2 Cornell 13
3 Johns Hopkins 5
2 Cornell 14
7 Wash. & Lee 0
* = Overtime

Tournament Boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cornell 1 1 6 4 4 16
Maryland 1 6 2 3 1 13
  • Cornell scoring – Mike French 7, Jon Levine 4, Bill Marino 2, Steve Dybus, Gary Malm, Bob Henrickson
  • Maryland scoring – Frank Urso 2, John Lamon 2, Ed Mullen 2, Barry Mitchell, Lance Kohler, Bert Caswell, Bert Olsen, Jim Burnett, Greg Rumpf, Terry Kimball
  • Shots: Maryland 58, Cornell 43

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Cornell 2 2 4 5 13
Johns Hopkins 0 0 1 4 5
  • Cornell scoring – Jon Levine 5, Bill Marino 3, Mike French 2, Albin Haglund 2, Tom Marino
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Dave Huntley 2, Tom Myrick, Joe Garavente, Rich Hirsch
  • Shots: Cornell 39, Johns Hopkins 23
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 10 3 5 4 22
Navy 1 3 3 4 11
  • Maryland scoring – Ed Mullen 7, Roger Tuck 4, Bert Caswell 3, Bob Ott 2, Frank Urso, Jim Burnett, John Lamon, Mike Farrell, Lance Kohler, Terry Kimball
  • Navy scoring – Mike Canders 4, Bob Holman 2, George Moore 2, Jeff Connolly, Jim Shulson, Emory Chenoweth
  • Shots: Maryland 58, Navy 49

Tournament Outstanding Players[edit]

Mike French, Cornell, 20 points, 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. ^ "Cornell University Men's Lacrosse Media Guide". CSTV.com. 
  3. ^ "Sports Illustrated archive of 1976 title game". SportsIllustrated.com. June 7, 1976. 
  4. ^ Rick Wheeler. Big Red Makes History. THE POST-STANDARD. May 20, 1976. pg. 17

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