We continue our throwback, old school videos to show you clips from the 1976 championship game. The game featured some of the greats – Frank Urso, Mike French, Eamon McEneaney, etc. There’s only one number retired at the University of Maryland and it belongs to Urso. The College Park legend is still discussed in a wide range of circles. One story comes to mind about his shot ricocheting so hard off the crossbar that it flew out of Byrd Stadium. Take it or leave it. Watch and learn from these videos. There are descriptions of each following the videos.
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. Frank Urso led the Terrapins to two national championships in the 1973 and 1975 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, and a perfect 10–0 record in 1973.
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.