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posted 05.22.2012 at 3.45 p.m. by Clare Lochary

Vintage LM: Maryland-Northwestern in 1989

Everyone’s pumped for this weekend’s Division I semifinals, especially the Maryland-Northwestern game, which has become one of the sport’s great rivalries in recent years. But the Terps and the Wildcats haven’t just been tangling in the past three NCAA tournament – their series dates back to 1985, before Northwestern put its varsity lacrosse program on hiatus for more than a decade. Maryland leads the series 7-5, and has a 2-1 advantage in the post season.

The Lacrosse Magazine staff was recently combing through our archives for a special project (which will be apparent when you get your June 2012 issue!) and we came across a handful of great covers from issues past. One of my favorites was May 1989, which features a shot from an April 1989 game between Northwestern and Maryland. The Terps won, 8-7.


No goggles, collared shirts, pleated kilts. Party like it’s 1989, Terps and Wildcats!

The Maryland player pictured is Mary Kondner, who was then a junior. As a senior in 1990, she won National Defender of the Year and later played in the US national team system. The Northwestern player is freshman Antoinette Lucas. Both Kondner and Lucas were two-sport All-Americans in field hockey and lacrosse. Lucas focused on field hockey after college, playing for Team USA in the 1996 Olympics and collecting 173 international caps. She is currently the head field hockey coach at James Madison University.

Note to Northwestern and Maryland: if your program wears these awesome throwback uniforms for a whole season, I promise to cover every single game you play. I know half of your players will quit, especially if you make them wear long sleeves with a cuff, but I think it’s a fair trade.