UPDATED: Maryland announces that Bernhardt will redshirt this season

Senior midfielder injured left shoulder in preseason and hadn't played in 2012

May 02, 2012|By Edward Lee

On the heels of Johns Hopkins announcing that junior midfielder John Greeley will miss the remainder of the season due to a left knee injury, Maryland said Wednesday morning that senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt will not play this year and will apply for a medical redshirt.

Bernhardt, who registered 15 goals and three assists as a member of the first line in 2011, injured his left shoulder in a scrimmage at Loyola on Feb. 4 and underwent surgery. He had returned to practice on a limited basis last month, but coach John Tillman announced that Bernhardt would not suit up for the Terps.

Bernhardt, whose younger brother Jesse is a junior long-stick midfielder and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, will return to the team as fifth-year senior in 2013.

UPDATE: Tillman said the decision to redshirt Bernhardt for the rest of the season was not an easy one.

"A guy like that getting added to our team right now would be a huge plus for us in so many ways," Tillman said. "I think he’d be fresh, excited. He’s a good defender, he could be a second or third faceoff option, he can play wings, a dynamic dodger, good shooter, his experience, good leader. But you also look and go, ‘Here’s a guy who has meant so much to us and has really been exactly what you want.’ He wants to come back and play a full year, and he’s such a great guy that if that’s what he really wants to do, I feel like we need to try to make that work for him. He’s been nothing but a class act and a very unselfish and dedicated guy. If that’s what he wants to do, I’ll fight like heck to give all these guys the opportunities they want to pursue as long as they don’t hurt the team. Although it would be great for this year’s team, it’ll be great for next year’s team because we’ll have the ability to have him on the field all year. So it’s kind of a win-win for everybody.”

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