Saturday, April 14

1975, 1976 & 1978 NCAA Championship Highlights!

The excavation team at YumYumLax is proud to have unearthed these classic moments in NCAA history [via the Democracy of the World Wide Web] for the lax-head in you. Check out these Dyn-O-Mite highlight clips from the 70's set to a soundtrack that is funkier than that smell emitting from your gear bag ... You saw it here first!

1975 - MARYLAND vs NAVY
"Highlights from
MARYLAND's record-setting 20-13 victory over NAVY in the 1975 NCAA men's lacrosse CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Four-time All-American FRANK URSO set a then-championship game record with five goals vs. the Mids" ... On to the next gem.


1976 - CORNELL vs MARYLAND
"The 1976 NCAA Division I tournament championship game was played at BROWN University in front of 7,504 fans. The undefeated CORNELL Big Red, led by lacrosse Hall of Famers RICHARD M. MORAN, MIKE FRENCH and EAMON McENEANEY, defeated MARYLAND with hall-of-famer FRANK URSO, 16 to 13 in overtime. Throughout the 1970s, Cornell University was dominant in lacrosse with four final appearances and three titles and the 1976 and 1977 versions of the Big Red are generally considered to be among the best college lacrosse teams of all time.

For the first time in NCAA tournament history, two undefeated teams, No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Cornell, would meet in the championship game. The game did not disappoint as Cornell down 7-2 at halftime, outscored Maryland 6-2 in the third period to pull within one goal entering the final period. The Terps opened the fourth period with a goal to go up 10-8, but the next four tallies belonged to the Cornell who led 12-10 with three minutes to play. Maryland, however, would get back-to-back goals, including a buzzer-beater, to knot the game and send the contest into overtime. After an initial tally by the Terps' TERRY KIMBALL, the Cornell would score four unanswered goals to claim the crown with a 16-13 victory. MIKE FRENCH tied the then-NCAA tournament single-game scoring record, finishing the day with seven goals and four assists.

Cornell earlier in the tournament recorded the only shutout in NCAA tournament history when they blanked WASHINGTON and LEE 14 to 0 during the first round. In a 22-11 semifinal win against Navy, Maryland's ED MULLEN had 7 goals and 5 assists to set the tournament record of 12 total points in one game." Other lax blogs can barely contain their hate as we fast-forward to 1978.


1978 - JOHNS HOPKINS vs CORNELL
For that authentic old-school flavor, check out BOB HENDRICKSON's eye black set-up at :29 seconds in, and BOB DeSIMONE's LAP-4 armpads at about :50 seconds in.

"The 1978 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 8th annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Twelve NCAA Division I college men's lacrosse teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament.

The championship game was hosted by RUTGERS University, and was played in front of 13,527 fans. The game saw the JOHNS HOPKINS University defeat CORNELL University by the score of 13--8. The finals was notable for the defeat by Hopkins of Cornell, which had come into the game riding a 42 game unbeaten streak. Hopkins had lost earlier in the season to Cornell, 16-11, on April 15 at Homewood Field in Baltimore. A 15-12 setback to NAVY in the 1975 NCAA semifinals was the last loss for Cornell prior to this title game.

MIKE O'NEILL, attackman from Johns Hopkins, who was later named the Division 1 National Player of the Year, was named the top player in the Division 1 championship game, finishing with one goal and three assists." [youtube]
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  • VIDEO: "ESPNU [NCAA] TOP GOALS OF THE SEASON - Lacrosse fans can vote for the top lax goal of the season www.facebook.com/espnu or at www.twitter.com/espnu" [youtube]
  • VIDEO: BOOKER CORRIGAN [@ESPNBOOKER] post-game - BOYS LATIN @ LOYOLA UA Player Of The Game - (HS)" [youtube]

 

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