College Men’s Lacrosse 2021 Final Four Schedule: TV channel, live stream, how to watch NCAA Lacrosse

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NCAA DI Men's

A rivalry will be renewed today as the University of Maryland meets Virginia University in the NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship.

Event Details

WhatNCAA D1 Men's National Championship Final 2021
WhenMonday, May 31, 2021
LocationHartford, Connecticut
VenueRentschler Field
Opponents / TimeMaryland vs Virginia
TV ChannelESPN2
Live StreamPremiumTV

Maryland vs. Virginia Championship Preview

The Maryland Terrapins, who are the number three ranked team, dominated the Duke Blue Devils in their semifinals matchup, thrashing Duke 14-5.

“To get here and bring Maryland to this weekend is really important to our school, our state, and our alum,” said Maryland’s head coach John Tillman.

The game was never close, which could be seen as an eye opener with Duke ranked ahead of the Terps as the number two seed, but it was no accident that Maryland came into the contest with an undefeated record and retains their unblemished record heading into the final.

For Virginia, even though they are the defending champions from 2019, since there was not a season in 2020, they were seen as the underdog as the number four ranked team heading into the match with the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

But the Tar Heels, who lead the NCAA with 16.7 goals per game, struggled in their quarterfinals matchup, just escaping with 12-11 overtime win against Rutgers.

They had no such luck against the Virginia Cavaliers. It was a close, down-to-the-wire game but it was Virginia the came away with the 12-11 win.

WhatNCAA D1 Men's National Championship Final 2021
WhenMonday, May 31, 2021
LocationHartford, Connecticut
VenueRentschler Field
Opponents / TimeMaryland vs Virginia
TV ChannelESPN2
Live StreamPremiumTV

The biggest upside, of course, is freshman Brennan O’Neill. Duke’s leading scorer during the regular season. In the game against Loyola Maryland, Brennan shot a perfect 4-4 at the net, the last of which tied the game at nine with just over one minute left in regulation. He’ll certainly be a point of focus for the Maryland Terrapins in their semi-final game on Saturday.

Speaking of Maryland, they have their fair share of offensive threats as well. The Terps’ Jared Bernhardt is the leader of the attack, as he also led the nation in goals scored this season with 64, which was 13 more than the next player, and 20 more than Duke’s O’Neill.

Bernhardt’s 4.5 goals per game average is just a quarter of the team’s average output of 16, narrowly edging Duke’s 15 goals per game. Defensively, both teams allowed an even 10 scores per contest during the season, setting up an extremely evenly matched contest between these two top-rated programs.

Like Duke, Maryland is no stranger to the National Championship Game. In 2017 Maryland finally took home the title after finishing runner-up in 2015 and 2016. John Tillman still has players on his roster from that championship team, including Bernhardt who was an Honorable Mention All-American that year. As similar as these teams are, it wouldn’t be surprising if they had to play in overtime again

Both teams have championship-winning coaches at the helm, and they’ll know how to get their team ready. Regardless of the seedings, NCAA Men’s Lacrosse is starting Saturday with their best matchup.