The 2015 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship game is set after a pair of thrilling semifinal matches this past Saturday. No. 4 seed Denver earned its first ever title game appearance by beating Notre Dame in overtime. It will face another of the sport's bluebloods in No. 6 seed Maryland, who beat Johns Hopkins to earn its 12th trip to the NCAA Championship game.
Denver held a four-goal lead with fewer than four minutes remaining in its bout. Wesley Berg ended the tension with a goal in sudden-death overtime, assisted by Tyler Pace, to give the Pioneers an 11-10 win. The assist was Pace's second of the match, along with two goals.
Maryland had to hold off Johns Hopkins in similar fashion. Though the Terrapins never trailed, they gave up a five-goal run to the Blue Jays that tied the match at 10-10 early in the fourth period. Matt Rambo scored the Terps' final two goals to avoid the potential collapse and preserve a 12-11 win. Blue Jays' John Crawley had four goals in a losing effort, including three during Johns Hopkins' 5-0 run.
Maryland's championship history hasn't been much more glorious than Denver's, lately. The Terrapins have not won a title since 1975, losing eight straight championship game appearances in the last 40 years. Unfortunately for them, they face an uphill battle against a Denver squad that has made the Final Four three years running and boasts an absurdly efficient offense.
Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia will host the match at 1 p.m. ET on Memorial Day. ESPN2 will carry primary coverage, with ESPNU showing the game from its SkyCam angle. Those with access to WatchESPN can view the game online.
Men's NCAA Lacrosse National Championship
Who: No. 4 Denver vs. No. 6 Maryland
When: Monday, May 25th, 1 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TV: ESPN2/ESPNU (SkyCam)