8 teams left. 7 games. 2 weekends. 1 winner left to be crowned.
Go back to January 30th. The 2021 college lacrosse season opened up with Mercer vs Bellarmine and Denver vs Utah. That feels like FOREVER ago. Along the way this season was obviously going to be different than any other we've ever seen before. Transfers, weird schedules, the Ivy League absolutely screwing their kids not figuring out a way to let them play a full season. Usually when we get to these last 2 weekends in May it feels like the season just flew by. But again, it feels like forever ago that this one got started. And now it comes down to 28 more quarters of lacrosse.
Virginia and Georgetown get us going on Saturday at noon. Georgetown comes in after kicking the shit out of 'Cuse, and the defending champs are coming off of a tight win against Bryant but this is when they start playing their best lacrosse.
UNC and Rutgers close out Saturday at 2:30. The Tar Heels are an absolute wagoooooon of a 1 seed and spanked Monmouth in the 1st round. Rutgers looked great against Lehigh but it was their 1st tournament win in 30 years. I have a feeling they'll have to wait a little longer for their 2nd.
Duke vs Loyola is the first game on Sunday at noon. The lacrosse world has been waiting 5 years at this point to watch Michael Sowers play lacrosse on Memorial Day Weekend. Unless Loyola plans on scoring 18 goals this weekend, it looks like we'll finally get a chance to see it happen.
And the last game of the weekend is easily the most intriguing. Because you've got #3 Maryland as the home team against #6 Notre Dame, but the game will be played in South Bend. You've got Tewaaraton finalists Jared Bernhardt and Pat Kavanagh going head to head. A Maryland team that has been to the Final Four in 8 out of the past 10 seasons. I'm leaning Terps but this 2:30 game on Sunday will be can't miss.