By: Zachary Hossler
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland intercollegiate athletic staff celebrated both 2017 men's and women's lacrosse National Championships with head coaches John Tillman and Cathy Reese on Wednesday afternoon.
Johnny Holliday, the voice of the Terrapins, served as the day's emcee, highlighting each coach and their teams' achievements this past season. Holliday recognized the women's program for their consistent excellence and the men's program for claiming their first title in 42 years.
The women's team celebrated their third national title in the last four seasons under head coach Cathy Reese.
Reese claimed her eleventh total national championship as a Terrapin this past weekend, with four coming as a player, three as an assistant coach, and now four at the head coaching position.
Reese admitted her success would not be possible without her staff saying, “I have the best staff in the nation,” and then personally thanking all of them for joining her on this incredible journey. Reese's senior class will finish with an 89-3 record and three national titles.
As for the men's team, they broke their championship drought when they defeated Ohio State on Monday for their first title since 1975.
“The journey for the 2017 season began immediately following last season's championship game,” said associate AD Kristen Brown. “Not only did they bounce back from that heartbreaking loss, but they did it in incredible fashion.”
Brown introduced head coach John Tillman, who captured his first career national title as a head coach. Tillman's first title team included a school-record nine All-Americans.
“The people at Maryland are what makes the difference,” said Tillman. “Your enthusiasm, your passion, who you are makes it so much fun to come to work every day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for working so hard year after year to put us in the position to do what we do”
Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson closed out the ceremony, recognizing each coaches' accomplishments while commending the athletics staff for their commitment and dedication.
“This is a culture and a family,” said Anderson. “Each and every one can celebrate a part in these trophies.”
Maryland became the third program to win both men's and women's lacrosse championships in the same season. It is the first time in NCAA lacrosse history a school swept its conference championships and national championships on both the men's and women's side in the same year.