1978 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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1978 NCAA Division I
Men's Lacrosse Championship
Dates May 1978
Teams 8
Finals location Rutgers University
Champion Johns Hopkins
Runner-Up Cornell
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Mike O’Neill, Hopkins
Tournament Finals Attendance 13,527

The 1978 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 8th annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Twelve NCAA Division I college men's lacrosse teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament.

Tournament Overview[edit]

The championship game was hosted by Rutgers University, and was played in front of 13,527 fans. The game saw the Johns Hopkins University defeat Cornell University by the score of 13–8, using a three-goal performance by midfielder Bob DeSimone.

The finals was notable for the defeat by Hopkins of Cornell, which had come into the game riding a 42 game unbeaten streak. Cornell had not lost a game since May 24, 1975, a 15-12 setback to Navy in the 1975 NCAA tournament semifinals. Cornell set the NCAA consecutive victories record of 42 games, not losing from March 20, 1976 to May 20, 1978. Hopkins had lost earlier in the season to Cornell, 16-11, on April 15 at Homewood Field in Baltimore.

Mike O'Neill, attackman from Johns Hopkins, was later named the Division 1 National Player of the Year and was named the top player in the Division 1 championship game, finishing with one goal and three assists.[1][2][3]

Tournament Results[edit]

First Round Semifinals

May 20

Championship

May 27

                 
1 Cornell 12
8 Washington & Lee 2
1 Cornell 13
4 Navy 7
4 Navy 16
5 Army 13
1 Cornell 8
2 Johns Hopkins 13
3 Maryland 15
6 Virginia 10
3 Maryland 11
2 Johns Hopkins 17
2 Johns Hopkins 20
7 Hofstra 8

Tournament Boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals
Johns Hopkins ........................................ 2-5-2-4–13
Cornell ................................................... 2-3-2-1–8
Johns Hopkins scoring – Bob DeSimone 3, Wayne Davis 2, Scott Baugher 2, Jim Bidne 2, Dave Huntley, Joe Devlin, Mike O’Neill, Frank Cutrone
Cornell scoring – Bob Henrickson 3, Steve Page 2, Keith Reitenbach, Tom Marino, John Sierra
Shots: Cornell 41, Johns Hopkins 48

Tournament Semi-Finals
Johns Hopkins .................................... 2-7-5-3–17
Maryland............................................... 4-3-3-1–11
Johns Hopkins scoring – Mike O’Neill 4, Dave Huntley 4, Bob DeSimone 3, Joe Devlin 3, Jim Zaffuto 2, Scott Baugher
Maryland scoring – John Lamon 4, Barry Mitchell 2, Terry Kimball 2, Bob Ott, Bob Boneillo, Rich Moyer
Shots: Johns Hopkins 56, Maryland 47

Cornell ................................................ 5-2-3-3–13
Navy.................................................... 1-2-2-2–7
Cornell scoring – Tom Marino 4, Steve Page 3, Bob Henrickson 3, Ned Gerber 2, John Sierra
Navy scoring – Mike Hannan 3, Mike Buzzell, Brendan Schneck, Jim Shulson, John Holmes
Shots: Cornell 44, Navy 34

Tournament Outstanding Players[edit]


Leading Scorers

     
Name GP G A Pts
Mike O’Neill, Johns Hopkins 3 8 7 15
Scott Baugher, Johns Hopkins 3 6 6 12
Bob DeSimone, Johns Hopkins 3 9 2 11
Bob Henrickson, Cornell 3 8 3 11
Mike Buzzell, Navy 2 6 4 10
Mike Hannan, Navy 2 9 1 10
Dave Huntley, Johns Hopkins 3 8 2 10
Terry Kimball, Maryland 2 7 3 10
Steve Page, Cornell 3 3 7 10
John Lamon, Maryland 2 6 3 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Harvard Crimson". thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  2. ^ Associated Press. Hopkins Stuns Cornell. The Syracuse Herald Journal. May 28, 1978. pg. 17
  3. ^ Associated Press. Cornell, Hopkins square off. The Capital. May 26, 1978. pg. 20

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