1979 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship

The 1979 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Tournament was the 9th annual Division I NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament. Twelve NCAA Division I college men's lacrosse teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament.

1979 NCAA Division I Men's
Lacrosse Championship
DatesMay 16–26, 1979
ChampionsJohns Hopkins (3rd title)
MOPMike Federico, Goalie, Johns Hopkins
Attendance[1]16,166 finals
25,241 total
NCAA Division I Men's Championships
«1978 1980»

Tournament overview

The championship game was hosted by University of Maryland, and was played in front of 16,166 fans. The game saw the Johns Hopkins University defeat University of Maryland by the score of 159, taking control with five unanswered goals in the second period.

This tournament was notable as the only entry for North Carolina State, led by Stan Cockerton, in the NCAA tournament. The lacrosse program at North Carolina State was discontinued shortly afterwards.

The highlights of Hopkins' 13-0 season included wins over second-ranked Maryland and fifth-ranked Virginia twice each, as well as wins over third-ranked Navy, fourth-ranked Cornell, North Carolina State and No. 6 Army. Hopkins defense allowed fewer than seven goals a game this season.

Johns Hopkins used a strong defense and led by Dave Huntley and Jeff Cook, defeated the Terrapins for the second time this season in winning their second consecutive NCAA title. The number one seeding in the tournament went to the Blue Jays with a 10 and 0 record and winners of 17 in a row, since a mid-season defeat in 1978 by Cornell. Syracuse appeared for the first time in the NCAA tournament, while Maryland was making its ninth straight tournament appearance. Following this title game, Hopkins had won or tied for 34 national championships, more than twice as many as any other school.

Hopkins had also handed the Terrapins five of their losses over the prior three seasons, including consecutive defeats in the semifinals of the Division I tournaments in 1977 and 1978.

During the 1970s, Maryland participated in six NCAA title games, including four in a row from 1973 to 1976. During that span, the Terps won two national titles and lost four.[2][3][4]

Tournament results

First Round Semifinals Championship
May 26
1 Johns Hopkins 20
8 N.C. State 6
1 Johns Hopkins 16
4 Virginia 7
4 Virginia 15
5 Cornell 8
1 Johns Hopkins 15
2 Maryland 9
3 Navy 16
6 Massachusetts 14
3 Navy 10
2 Maryland 15
2 Maryland 16
7 Syracuse 13

Tournament boxscores

Tournament Finals

Johns Hopkins354315
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Jeff Cook 3, Dave Huntley 3, Ned Radebaugh 2, Wayne Davis 2, Scott Baugher 2, Steve Wey, Jim Bidne, Joe Garavante
  • Maryland scoring–Bob Boneillo 3, Terry Kimball 2, Barry Mitchell 2, Ron Martinello, John Lamon
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 46, Maryland 33

Tournament Semi-Finals

Johns Hopkins327416
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Scott Baugher 4, Wayne Davis 3, Jeff Harris 2, Mike Donnelly 2, Dave Huntley, Bob Teasdall, Ned Radebaugh, Jim Bidne
  • Virginia scoring–Ray Giusto 2, Sonny Esposito, Paul O’Brien, John Driscoll, Bill Seery, Randy Natoli
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 42, Virginia 29
  • Maryland scoring – Barry Mitchell 3, Terry Kimball 3, Bob Boneillo 2, Ron Martinello 2, Mike Farrell 2, Klay Johnson 2, John Lamon
  • Navy scoring – Mike Hannan 3, Mike Buzzell 2, David Guill 2, Roger Sexauer 2, Mike Chanenchuk
  • Shots: Navy 54, Maryland 49

Tournament First Round

Johns Hopkins582520
North Carolina St.22206
  • Johns Hopkins scoring – Jim Bidne 4, Wayne Davis 4, Ned Radebaugh 2, Bob Teasdall 2, Joe Garavente, Dave Huntley, Kevin Kilner, Jeff Harris
  • North Carolina St. scoring – Dan Wilson 3, Walter Hein 2, Ted Manos
  • Shots: Johns Hopkins 50, North Carolina St. 34
  • Virginia scoring – Bato Pellington 4, John Driscoll 2, Paul O’Brien 2, Bill Seery 2, Rick Giusto 2, Tom Holman, Matt Rainis, Sonny Esposito
  • Cornell scoring – John Mutch 2, Charlie Wood 2, Joe Szombathy, Jim DeNicola, Reiley McDonald, Wade Bollinger
  • Shots: Cornell 43, Virginia 31
  • Navy scoring – Mike Hannan 5, Mike Buzzell 3, Mike Chanenchuk 2, Roger Sexauer 2, Sid Abernathy 2, Bill Anderson, Charlie Mark
  • Massachusetts scoring – Jim Weller 4, Ed Murray 2, Brooks Sweet 2, Lee Vosburgh 2, Peter Schmitz 2, Mike Lewis, Tom Walters
  • Shots: Navy 53, Massachusetts 52
  • Maryland scoring – Barry Mitchell 4, Ron Martinello 4, John Lamon 2, Bob Boneillo 2, Bob Ott, Mike Duffy, Mike Farrell, Nick Manis
  • Syracuse scoring – Kevin Donahue 5, Ralph Spinola 2, Tim O’Hara 2, Greg Cunningham 2, Tom Donahue, Brad Short
  • Shots: Maryland 54, Syracuse 41

Tournament outstanding players

  • Mike Federico, Goalie, Johns Hopkins, tournament Most Outstanding Player
Leading Scorers
Barry Mitchell, Maryland38714
Bob Boneillo, Maryland36612
Wayne Davis, Johns Hopkins39211
Scott Baugher, Johns Hopkins38311
Mike Buzzell, Navy26410
Dave Huntley, Johns Hopkins29110
Ron Martinello, Maryland38210
John Lamon, Maryland27310
Ned Radebaugh, Johns Hopkins3549
Mike Chanenchuk, Navy2369


  1. "NCAA Lacrosse Division I Results / Records" (pdf). NCAA. p. 3 (51). Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. Associated Press. Playoffs begin Wednesday in Division I lacrosse. The Capital. May 14, 1979. pg. 19
  3. United Press International. Hopkins sticks Terp '10'. The Syracuse Herald Journal. May 27, 1979. pg. 31
  4. Associated Press. Terps, Hopkins meet today for crown. The Frederick News-Post. May 26, 1979. pg. 41
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