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 site Rutgers University
Champions Johns Hopkins
Runner-up Cornell
MOP Mike O’Neill, Hopkins
Attendance[1] 13,527 finals
28,587 total
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1977 1979»

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.[2][3][4]

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

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
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

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
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
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
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 First Round

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Cornell 4 4 1 3 12
Wash. & Lee 0 0 1 1 2
  • Cornell scoring – Steve Page 2, Bob Henrickson 2, Tom Marino 2, Charlie Wood 2, Craig Jaeger, John Sierra, Chris Kane, Keith Reitenbach
  • Wash. & Lee scoring – Jay Foster, John Kemp
  • Shots: Cornell 44, Wash. & Lee 35
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 3 3 6 4 16
Army 2 6 2 3 13
  • Navy scoring – Mike Hannan 6, Mike Buzzell 5, Brendan Schneck 2, Roger Sexauer, Jim Hamill, Mike Chanenchuk
  • Army scoring – Jim Pappafotis 3, Scott Finley 3, Ted Harkin 2, Joe Fetzer, Dave Reeves, Tom Endres, Ken Curley, Pete Linskey
  • Shots: Army 45, Navy 45
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 5 1 5 4 15
Virginia 1 3 1 5 10
  • Maryland scoring – Terry Kimball 5, Peter Worstell 3, Bob Ott 2, John Lamon 2, Barry Mitchell, Drew Tyrie, Rick Moyer
  • Virginia scoring – Emmett Voekel 4, Paul O’Brien 2, Tom Holman, Mark Dorney, Kris Snider, John Driscoll
  • Shots: Maryland 42, Virginia 39
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Johns Hopkins 6 4 5 5 20
Hofstra 1 2 2 3 8
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Bob DeSimone 3, Dave Huntley 3, Scott Baugher 3, Mike O'Neill 3, Jeff Blomquist 2, Joe Devlin, Jim Bidne, Ned Radebaugh, Wayne Davis, Jim Zaffuto
  • Hofstra scoring – Kevin Smith 2, Richard Stoecker 2, Vince Sembrotto 2, Gary Burton, Kevin Huff
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 49, Hofstra 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. ^ "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Harvard Crimson". thecrimson.com. Retrieved 2008-06-28. 
  3. ^ Associated Press. Hopkins Stuns Cornell. The Syracuse Herald Journal. May 28, 1978. pg. 17
  4. ^ Associated Press. Cornell, Hopkins square off. The Capital. May 26, 1978. pg. 20

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