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By that stage, Hopkins had little choice but to push the pace in the rare instances it could take possession.

“If you look at the way the game played out, we got the majority of the tough groundballs and that was important to us because Maryland lacrosse, you win the tough groundballs,” Cummings said. “That’s what we wanted to do.”

So now Maryland’s back in the final four, an unseeded party crasher in as wide open a tournament as the sport has seen in some time. The revamped Terps, who graduated so much from last year’s national finalists, have coalesced just in time to find themselves back on lacrosse’s largest stage.

“That was the one thing this year; we were going to believe it could happen,” said Maryland’s John Tillman, who became the first coach to take two unseeded teams to the final four. “Why not? Why not us? If everybody was willing to step outside their comfort zone and make sacrifices, why not us?”