1979 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship
|1979 NCAA Division I Men's
|Dates||May 16–26, 1979|
|Champions||Johns Hopkins (3rd title)|
|MOP||Mike Federico, Goalie, Johns Hopkins|
The 1979 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 9th 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.
The championship game was hosted by University of Maryland, and was played in front of 16,166 fans. The game saw the Johns Hopkins University defeat University of Maryland by the score of 15–9, taking control with five unanswered goals in the second period.
This tournament was notable as the only entry for North Carolina State, led by Stan Cockerton, in the NCAA tournament. The lacrosse program at North Carolina State was discontinued shortly afterwards.
The highlights of Hopkins' 13-0 season included wins over second-ranked Maryland and fifth-ranked Virginia twice each, as well as wins over third-ranked Navy, fourth-ranked Cornell, North Carolina State and No. 6 Army. Hopkins defense allowed fewer than seven goals a game this season.
Johns Hopkins used a strong defense and led by Dave Huntley and Jeff Cook, defeated the Terrapins for the second time this season in winning their second consecutive NCAA title. The number one seeding in the tournament went to the Blue Jays with a 10 and 0 record and winners of 17 in a row, since a mid-season defeat in 1978 by Cornell. Syracuse appeared for the first time in the NCAA tournament, while Maryland was making its ninth straight tournament appearance. Following this title game, Hopkins had won or tied for 34 national championships, more than twice as many as any other school.
Hopkins had also handed the Terrapins five of their losses over the prior three seasons, including consecutive defeats in the semifinals of the Division I tournaments in 1977 and 1978.
Tournament First Round
|North Carolina St.||2||2||2||0||6|
Tournament outstanding players
- Mike Federico, Goalie, Johns Hopkins, tournament Most Outstanding Player
|Barry Mitchell, Maryland||3||8||7||14|
|Bob Boneillo, Maryland||3||6||6||12|
|Wayne Davis, Johns Hopkins||3||9||2||11|
|Scott Baugher, Johns Hopkins||3||8||3||11|
|Mike Buzzell, Navy||2||6||4||10|
|Dave Huntley, Johns Hopkins||2||9||1||10|
|Ron Martinello, Maryland||3||8||2||10|
|John Lamon, Maryland||2||7||3||10|
|Ned Radebaugh, Johns Hopkins||3||5||4||9|
|Mike Chanenchuk, Navy||2||3||6||9|