The Maryland Men’s Lacrosse team entered the 2011 NCAA playoffs as an unseeded team, and therefore not expected to proceed far in the tournament. Although highly ranked through much of the season, they were accused of being inconsistent, and therefore were not seeded.
Instead of retreating into their turtle shells, they entered the tournament with a “chip on their shoulder”, manifesting resounding wins over top-ranked teams such as Duke (last year’s NCAA Champion) and UNC, and defeated the #1 ranked Syracuse Orangemen in overtime of the Quarter-Finals.
After mounting an exciting comeback to tie the game 6-6 in the fourth quarter with 11 minutes to go, they eventually succumbed 9-7 to Virginia in the Championship game. Notwithstanding, they demonstrated the importance of believing in yourself, despite what others may think, and never giving up.