COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The top-seeded Maryland men's lacrosse team (13-3) looks to advance to its sixth NCAA semifinal in seven seasons Sunday, May 21, when it faces 8-seed Albany (15-2) in Newark, Del., at 2:30 pm. Maryland traveled to Albany for a midweek contest on April 12 and narrowly defeated the Great Danes, 12-11.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Sunday's matchup marks the first postseason meeting in history between Maryland and Albany, with the Terps holding a 2-0 advantage in an all-time series that began in 2016. The Terps took down the Danes, 12-11, on April 12 as Ben Chisolm became the unlikely hero with two fourth quarter goals.
5 - Maryland head coach John Tillman holds a perfect 5-0 record all-time in NCAA quarterfinal action. Other than an overtime win in 2011, the last four quarterfinal contests have been largely one-sided win margins. Including last season's six-goal win over Syracuse, the Terps have won their last four quarterfinal games by an average of 6.8 goals.
5 - Junior midfielder Tim Rotanz scored a career-high five goals in the NCAA opener against Bryant, becoming the fourth Terp to score at least four goals in a game this season (Connor Kelly, Dylan Maltz, Matt Rambo).
6 - A key component to Maryland's regular season win over Albany was its ability to close out quarters with momentum. The Terps scored six goals in the last two minutes of quarters
against the Great Danes, including goals with 17, 11 and 3 seconds remaining.
6 - Senior Tewaaraton finalist Matt Rambo tied a Maryland NCAA record with six assists against Bryant (John Kaestner - 1972), and finished the game with a career-high eight points. The attackman now has 26 points over his last four NCAA games (6.5/g) dating back to 2016.
15 - Head coach John Tillman is 15-6 overall in the NCAA Tournament. His 15 wins since 2011 are the most among all Division I coaches during that span. Tillman is looking to lead Maryland to its sixth NCAA semifinal in the past seven seasons.
31 - Maryland has made a habit of jumping out to strong starts, outscoring opponents by 31 goals in the first quarter (64 to 33). The Terps are 66-9 under John Tillman when leading after the first quarter.
35 - The Terrapins' shot percentage has been a strong point all season, currently ranking third nationally at 35 percent. Maryland's shooting ability was on full display last weekend against Bryant, when it shot 13-for-28 (.464). Tim Rotanz led the way with five goals on seven shots.
50 - Senior Matt Rambo has totaled 50 points in 12 career NCAA games, the most among active players nationally. Rambo's 50 career NCAA points is tied for 9th among all players since 2000 with Ryan Powell. Mikey Powell's 58 points are the most since 2000.
155 - Maryland is the most experienced team in the NCAA Tournament, with its players combining for 155 career NCAA games played and reaching three final fours. The Terps have four players who have played 12 NCAA games: Isaiah Davis-Allen, Colin Heacock, Mac Pons and Matt Rambo.