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Four local WLAX teams playing in NCAA Tournament

Maryland WLAX

Out to defend their National Championship and unbeaten this season, Maryland women’s lacrosse team is the clear No. 1 seed in the 2016 NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament, but are joined by three other local programs.

Maryland has dominated their opponents this year, out-scoring them 291-130 this year, an average of an 8.4 goal margin of victory. And what is most impressive about the Terps, which are led by the two-time reigning Tewaarton Award winning Taylor Cummings, is that they are so dominant with a very tough schedule. Maryland played and beat 11 NCAA Tournament teams with a victory over Northwestern twice.

They could potentially play Johns Hopkins for a second time this season, should the Blue Jays beat Virginia in their first round game. Maryland also played Virginia during the regular season. With JHU’s women’s team still playing as an independent the Blue Jays could only get in as an at-large team.

Loyola and Towson both earned automatic bids by winning their conferences. Loyola has yet to lose a Patriot League game.

The Greyhounds will travel to North Carolina to take on Duke in the first round of the tournament. The Greyhounds have won eight-straight games and 13 of their last 14 games. Their defense, let by goalkeeper Molly Wolf and senior Maddy Lesher, has led the way all season long for the Greyhounds, but they are seven legitimate scoring threat, including three (Maddy Blakeman, Hannah Powers and Frankie Kamely) that has over 30 goals this year. Should Loyola beat Duke they will play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second round.

Towson will play Old Dominion in the first round, sit the winner of that game awaiting the winner of a game between seventh-seeded Penn and Wagner in the second round. Towson went 15-3 this year with a defense leading the way that allows only 6.6 goals per game. The Tigers also have eight players who have scored double-digit goals. Kaitlyn Montalbano leads the team with 33 goals and 20 assists, but if far from their only weapon on that end of the field. Due to a scheduling conflict at Penn, the Tigers will host the first and second round games in the NCAA Tournament.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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