This year’s installment of the Beltway Bash, hosted annually by the Maryland Terrapins, drew to an exciting conclusion this past Sunday as the top seeded teams from both divisions made their way to the championship round.
Michigan and Vermont got the playoff rounds started at 9AM on Sunday, and despite the Wolverines’ surprising successes the day before , the Angry Cats proved too much taking the 8-3 win. Vermont has always made a strong showing at the Bash and this year was no different, but Michigan can leave on a positive note as they were able to face multiple teams that they usually would not see doing the year.
Soon after, JMU faced off against Rutgers, who drove into town riding a late season hot streak. The stingy Duke defense proved too much for the Scarlet Knights, sending them back up I-95 with an 8-3 loss, and the Dukes to the D1 finals.
The host Terps took the field to battle Vermont, and quickly began to the fill the nets on the Angry Cats. The 7-2 win propelled Maryland back into the D1 Finals.
What drew up on paper as an epic rematch of the top 2 DI seeds of the tourney didn’t play out in person. James Madison used patient ball movement and controlled possessions to keep the ball out of the Terps hands for most of the 60 minute match, and when the Terps had shot opportunities, they were gobbled up by Dukes Senior net-minder Mike Sofka.
JMU needed only 5 goals to top the host Terps, as their defense held Maryland’s high powered attack to just 1 goal. JMU 5- UMD 1
The D2 Playoff Bracket got underway with Lynchburg receiving an opening morning bye due to a participation issue with Catholic University. Afterwards, VMI dispatched of Maryland’s #2 squad in OT, 7-6.
Rowan, who received a bye due to standings, defeated a talented Lynchburg team 4-3, while the #1 seed West Chester, defeated a tough VMI squad 8-6. This meant that for the 2nd straight year, Rowan would face Liberty Conference foe West Chester in the D2 finals, …………..and here we go again with these two teams!
To say this is a bitter rivalry would be an understatement. West Chester was fighting for its 4th consecutive Beltway Bash championship while Rowan was looking to avenge a heart breaking loss to the Rams only a few weeks earlier. These are two very proud teams to say the least, and have no issues reminding each other on and off the field, but on this day, West Chester was slightly better, winning the D2 final over the Profs 7-5.
Don’t know what a Prof is? I sure didn’t! Learn about him right here.
A big hats off to the Maryland Terrapins Club Team, especially VP Nick Roberts and Justin Tab for putting on such a great event.
Here are the finals scores from the playoff brackets.
Our complete photo gallery from Day 3 can be found right here. How nice am I!!!