COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The No. 1 Maryland men's lacrosse returns to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season Sunday as it faces Cornell at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Terps are looking to advance to their fifth consecutive Championship Weekend, and seventh in eight seasons under head coach John Tillman.
TRAVELING FANS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Parking lots open at 8:30 am (parking is $10); tailgating is permitted behind cars, but fans cannot take up parking spots next to cars
- Gates open at 10:30 am
- Re-entry is allowed ONLY between games
- No umbrellas are allowed in the stadium
- Lacrosse sticks are permitted in the stadium, however balls are not
BY THE NUMBERS
2 - The Terrapin specialist units are both among the best in the country, with the man-up unit ranking second and the man-down sixth. The Terrapin man-up unit is scoring at a 57-percent (24-of-42) clip, while the man-down unit has allowed six goals on 34 attempts (.176) over its last 11 games.
3 - The Terps are the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season, becoming the first program to achieve the feat since Johns Hopkins (2002-05). Maryland is 17-5 all-time as the top seed, advancing to at least the semifinals on all seven previous occasions.
6 - Head coach John Tillman is an unblemished 6-0 all-time in the NCAA Quarterfinal round. Other than an overtime win over top-ranked Syracuse in 2011, the quarterfinal round has been largely one-sided. The Terps have won their last five quarterfinal games by an average of 7.2 goals, including an 18-9 victory over Albany last season.
6 - Maryland and Cornell are set to meet for the sixth time in the NCAA Tournament. The teams met in the first round in 2013 and 2014, with the Terps getting revenge in the latter game on a Mike Chanenchuk game-winner with two seconds remaining.
10 - The Terps feature one of the most consistent offenses in the country, having scored at least 10 goals in 15-of-16 games. Maryland also leads the nation with just 9.5 turnovers/g, which would be the lowest nationally since Penn State in 2010 (9.0/g).
11 - Senior midfielder Tim Rotanz returns to the NCAA Tournament after scoring 11 goals (t-4th in Maryland single-tourney history) in last year's four games en route to earning NCAA All-Tournament Team honors. Rotanz memorably scored three goals in last year's championship game, including the nail in the coffin on an empty net in the waning moments.
19 - Maryland head coach John Tillman is 19-6 (.760) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with every game coming during his tenure at Maryland beginning in 2011. His 19 victories rank t-7th all-time among Division I coaches with Richie Moran, Kevin Corrigan and Dave Cottle (see full list pg. 3).
23 - Tewaaraton finalist Connor Kelly has scored 23 career goals in the NCAA Tournament, which ranks fifth in Maryland history. The Maryland record is held by Frank Urso (1973-76), who scored 32 career goals. Kelly (44) is also within reach of Maryland's single season goals record (52), set by Mark Douglas in 1991.
142 - Maryland players have 142 games of NCAA experience under their belts, including three players who have played in all 13 NCAA Tournament games over the last four seasons: Adam DiMillo, Connor Kelly and Bryce Young. The Terrapin senior class, which has a 61-13 (.824) record, needs one more win to become the winningest class in program history.