Travis Reed's status for No. 8 Maryland's home game against UMBC tonight at Byrd Stadium in College Park is still unclear.
A day after the senior attackman was described as being "not likely" to play, Terps coach John Tillman said Thursday that he is still waiting for more feedback on Reed's injured shoulder.
"What I've got to do is try to get a little more information," Tillman said. "I know Travis is a guy who will run through a brick wall for the team, and he'll always put the team first. But we've always got to make sure that we look at his best interests and his health so that we would not put him in a compromising position."
Reed injured his shoulder during Maryland's 8-4 win against Towson last Saturday. Tillman said he didn't know if the injury could be worse than initially diagnosed.
"I always hope for the best and prepare for the worst," he said. "They said it could be a bunch of different things. We've got to get some X-rays and kind of take a look and just assess everything."
Tillman declined to disclose whether he would move junior Joe Cummings from the midfield to fill Reed's position or start someone such as freshman Sean McGuire. UMBC coach Don Zimmerman said even without Reed, the Terps are a tough opponent.
"How it impacts us is, we still have to worry about all the other guys they have," Zimmerman said. "They have good depth, and with Travis being out, somebody will step up and take his place. We're just going to have to find out who that's going to be and know his strengths and stick with our game plan."
Palasek eager to see former Johns Hopkins teammates
Syracuse junior attackmanTom Palasek,a transfer from Johns Hopkins, said he is looking forward to Saturday's game when the No. 14 Blue Jays visit the Carrier Dome.
"It'll definitely feel a little odd because I know almost every single guy on that roster," said Palasek, who registered four goals and one assist in the top-ranked Orange's 18-13 win against No. 12 Albany Tuesday night. "But I'm a competitor. It's kind of like a pickup game. You play your friends when you play a game of pickup, and you're not going to lay off just because they're your friends. You've known them for two years, and you're going to play to win."
Stevenson rockin' the 'D'
Stevenson, which is ranked No. 2 in Division III by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, held No. 9 Roanoke 11 goals under its average in the Mustangs' 16-6 win Wednesday.
Senior defenseman Evan Douglass said the unit has been motivated by last year's 14-13 overtime loss to Salisbury in the NCAA tournament semifinal.
"Defensively, we kind of took that as a loss on ourselves," he said. "We feel we could have prevented some of those goals. So this whole offseason, we've really focused on the defense. We know we have a great offense, but we want to take a lot of pride in our defense. So we're working really hard to become more of a defensive team."
Women's lacrosse at Cowboys Stadium
Northwestern's No. 2 women's lacrosse team takes its show all the way to Dallas Saturday for a game against No. 16 William & Mary in Cowboys Stadium.
The marquee draw in the day-long Dallas event — which features high school games and youth clinics — the Wildcats-Tribe game includes several players from Texas, including Northwestern sophomore Taylor Thornton.
"I'd wanted to play a game in the Dallas area because of Taylor, and we have quite a few recruits coming in in the next few years from Texas," Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said, "so I just wanted to get out there and showcase the sport. We like to go into different areas and expose the sport to different areas. The last couple years we've played in Southern California and San Diego."
Amonte Hiller contacted her former Maryland teammate, Patty (Parichy) Wick, who coaches at Thornton's alma mater, The Hockaday School in Dallas, about setting up a game. Wick's team includes a granddaughter of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and that set in motion the idea to secure the stadium, which hosted last month's Super Bowl.
The 200 Club
Duke coach Kerstin Kimel became only the 10th coach in Division I women's lacrosse history to earn her 200th career victory Wednesday.
Kimel, the national Defender of the Year as a Maryland player in 1993, reached the milestone with an 18-8 win over Virginia Tech. In her 16th season with the Blue Devils, she joins Navy's Cindy Timchal, Notre Dame's Tracy Coyne, Princeton's Chris Sailer and Virginia's Julie Myers as the only active coaches in the 200 club.
Baltimore Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.