Coming off a disappointing loss in the final four to the Duke Blue Devils, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team looks to finish 2019 with a National Championship hoisted in the air.
Head coach John Tillman enters his 12th season leading the Terps’ coaching staff, vying for a chance at a second championship. Tillman has had great success in the NCAA tournament posting a 21-7 record with seven final fours. After finally capturing the NCAA title in 2017, Tillman’s young squad will look to match that recent success in 2019.
Tillman will look for quality contributions from his talented returning players: junior attackman Jared Bernhardt, sophomore midfielder Logan Wisnauskas, sophomore midfielder Bubba Fairman and sophomore face-off specialist Justin Shockey. Bernhardt had a phenomenal sophomore season finishing second in goals (38) and points (54).
The main storyline surrounding Maryland will be how they replace the scoring and offensive firepower of Connor Kelly. The former Maryland captain finished his career with top-five appearances, goals and game-winning goals in school history before being drafted to the Atlanta Blaze with the second pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft.
Maryland will also find themselves with a new goaltender for 2019, as goaltender Dan Morris graduated after last season. Arnold compiled a record of 30-7 as a Terrapin starter with a .547 save percentage. Danny Dolan, Andrew Morris, Cameron Brosh and Colin Miller will all be competing for the starting job. While the four goalies have a combined eight years of experience, they only have a total of 10 games played in a Terrapins’ uniform.
Tillman’s recruiting class heading into the season is headlined by Nicholas DeMaio, a five-star attackman from Coronado, California. DeMaio’s older brother Anthony is also on the Terps’ roster, as the two young playmakers look to make an offensive splash.
The Terps commence their season on Saturday with a home game against the visiting Bucknell Bison.