Maryland's run to the national championship game of the 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament featured a lot of stingy defense and timely scoring. Against Loyola (Md.) in Monday's championship game, it was the Greyhounds, not the Terrapins, who got all of that, taking a 9-3 victory for their first national title.
Eric Lusby had four goals on the day for the Greyhounds, giving him a record 17 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Three came after halftime, as Loyola shut out Maryland 4-0 in the second half. The Greyhounds finished the game on a 7-0 unanswered run.
The national championship evens the Greyhounds' mark in title games at 1-1 (Loyola lost to Syracuse in 1990) and makes Loyola the smallest school to ever win the Division I men's lacrosse title.
On the other side of the field, this was Maryland's second consecutive loss in the national championship game; the Terps fell 9-7 to Virginia in 2011.