1974 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship
|1974 NCAA Division I Men's
|Finals site||Rutgers University|
|Champions||Johns Hopkins (1st title)|
|MOP||Franz Wittlesberger, Johns Hopkins|
The 1974 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 4th annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Eight NCAA Division I college men's lacrosse teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament. The championship game was hosted by Rutgers University, and was played in front of 7,728 fans.
Johns Hopkins, in the national championship game for the third straight year, defeated defending champion and number one ranked Maryland 17 to 12 to win the 1974 Title. This game saw Johns Hopkins University, 12 and 2 for the season and led by legendary coach Bob Scott and Hall of Fame attackman Jack Thomas, defeat University of Maryland led by Frank Urso which had been ranked number one in the nation.
This was the 7th Johns Hopkins team that Scott had directed to part or all of a national title dating back prior to the start of NCAA participation in the lacrosse championship playoffs. Scott retired as head coach following this game to become Athletic Director. All American Franz Wittlesberger scored five goals in the final. Hopkins' senior defenseman Bob Barbera scored the only goal of his career in the championship game.
This tournament is also notable for the Johns Hopkins versus Washington and Lee semifinal game won by Hopkins in a tight 11 to 10 matchup. Trailing 10 to 7 in the fourth quarter, Hopkins scored four straight goals, including the game winner with two minutes left, to overcome previously unbeaten Washington and Lee. Rich Kowalchuk scored on a feed from Tom Myrick for the game-winning goal with 1:50 to play in the fourth.
Washington and Lee, which finished the season 15 and 1, had defeated Navy twice, Princeton, Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia before losing to Hopkins. Jack Emmer, who had previously led Cortland State to a tournament appearance coached the Generals to six straight NCAA tournaments from 1973 to 1978.
|3||Washington & Lee||10|
|3||Washington & Lee||13|
|Wash. & Lee||4||1||4||1||10|
Tournament First Round
|Wash. & Lee||4||3||4||2||13|
Tournament outstanding players
Franz Wittlesberger, Johns Hopkins, 15 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.
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