1974 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

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1974 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
Dates May 1974
Teams 8
Finals site Rutgers University
Champions Johns Hopkins (1st title)
Runner-up Maryland
MOP Franz Wittlesberger, Johns Hopkins
Attendance[1] 7,728 finals
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1973 1975»

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.

Tournament overview[edit]

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.[2][3][4][5]

Tournament results[edit]

First Round Semifinals Championship
                 
1 Maryland 12
8 Rutgers 6
1 Maryland 19
4 Cornell 10
4 Cornell 15
5 Virginia 8
1 Maryland 12
2 Johns Hopkins 17
2 Johns Hopkins 18
7 Hofstra 10
2 Johns Hopkins 11
3 Washington & Lee 10
3 Washington & Lee 13
6 Navy 10

Tournament boxscores[edit]

Tournament Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Johns Hopkins 5 5 4 3 17
Maryland 3 1 5 3 12
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Franz Wittelsberger 5, Rick Kowalchuk 3, Rich Hirsch 3, Jack Thomas 3, Bill Nolan 2, Bob Barbera
  • Maryland scoring – Frank Urso 3, Dave Dempsey 2, Ed Mullen 2, Kevin Boland 2, Dave Hallock, Bob Mitchell, Roger Tuck
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 59, Maryland 57

Tournament Semi-Finals

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Johns Hopkins 3 2 2 4 11
Wash. & Lee 4 1 4 1 10
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Rick Kowalchuk 3, Jim Cahill 2, Dale Kohler 2, Rich Hirsch, Pat Sinram, Franz Wittelsberger, Bill Nolan.
  • Wash. & Lee scoring – Bill Rienhoff 3, Skip Lichtfuss 3, Bryan Chasney 2, Ted Bauer, Dave Warfield
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 30, Wash. & Lee 25
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 3 5 7 4 19
Cornell 3 4 1 2 10
  • Maryland scoring – Ed Mullen 3, Dave Dempsey 3, Roger Tuck 3, Pat O'Meally 2, Frank Urso 2, Dino Mattessich 2, Kevin Boland 2, Bob Mitchell, Doug Radebaugh
  • Cornell scoring – Jim Trenz 3, Mike French 2, Bill Marino 2, Jon Levine 2, Tom Haggerty
  • Shots: Maryland 66, Cornell 30

Tournament First Round

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Maryland 2 5 0 5 12
Rutgers 2 1 2 1 6
  • Maryland scoring – Frank Urso 3, Ed Mullen 2, Dave Dempsey 2, Pat O'Meally, Dino Mattessich, Brooks Sleeper, Doug Radebaugh, Mike Hynes
  • Rutgers scoring – Steve Arata 3, John Danowski, Mike Rinck, Pete Dorne
  • Shots: Maryland 63, Rutgers 31
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Cornell 4 1 3 7 15
Virginia 1 3 2 2 8
  • Cornell scoring – Mike French 6, Jim Trenz 4, Jon Levine 3, Tom Haggerty, Steve Sanford
  • Virginia scoring – Barry Robertson 4, Greg Montgomery 2, Doug Cooper, Bruce Barker
  • Shots: Cornell 46, Virginia 44
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Johns Hopkins 1 3 6 8 18
Hofstra 1 5 2 2 10
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Franz Wittlesberger 7, Jack Thomas 4, Rick Kowalchuk 2, Rich Hirsch, Bill Nolan, Bill McCutcheon, Don Kurz, Mike Perez
  • Hofstra scoring – Kevin Hill 3, Pete Rose 2, Gary White 2, Jeff Fenton, Tom Calder, Teddy Betty
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 39, Hofstra 26
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Wash. & Lee 4 3 4 2 13
Navy 4 2 3 1 10
  • Wash. & Lee scoring – Dave Warfield 5, Ted Bauer 4, Bryan Chasney 2, Don Carroll, Skip Lichtfuss
  • Navy scoring – Wayne Dunham 2, Pat Meaney 2, Bob DeSimone, Tim Supko, Marty Mason, Dave Bayly, Bill Ayres, Joe Avveduti
  • Shots: Wash. & Lee 41, Navy 41

Tournament outstanding players[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (pdf). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCAA News Archive, JHU - From Bridesmaid to Bride, p. 7" (PDF). NCAA.org. August 1, 1974. 
  3. ^ "Maryland Men's Lacrosse Media Guide". UMTerp.com. 
  4. ^ "Washington and Lee Media Guide". WLU.edu. 2008. 
  5. ^ "Washington and Lee web site". WLU.edu.