Review & preview: Maryland

A look at the 2013 season for the Terps and a glimpse into 2014

June 03, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Here is the fifth installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to give a glimpse into the past and the future. Teams are scheduled to appear according to the chronological order in which their seasons ended. Friday’s visit was with UMBC. Monday’s visit is with Maryland.

REVIEW

The good: The Terps secured their 11th consecutive season of at least 10 wins – the longest current active streak among any Division I program. And the team captured its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and beat two league rivals for the first time since 2009. “Winning 10 games in Division I lacrosse is definitely a challenge,” coach John Tillman said. “Being able to do that is an accomplishment for the guys. Also being the regular-season ACC co-champs and winning two games in the regular season is something we haven’t done in a while. We’d obviously love to win all the games there, but being regular-season co-champions is something we had not done. Those were some accomplishments that I think our guys can take away from the year. We played what we had thought going into the season was a very challenging schedule. It obviously didn’t finish the way we had wanted it to, but I think all in all, those are things we can build upon.” … For the second straight year, the defense finished the spring ranked ninth in the country, allowing just 8.2 goals per game. Anchored by the play of redshirt junior goalkeeper and second-team All American Niko Amato (7.98 goals-against average and .594 save percentage), the unit proved to be the foundation of the team. “This was probably the most consistently we played defense in my three years here,” Tillman said. “I think part of it goes with Niko. He did such a good job, and having some veteran guys down there with good leadership from [junior defenseman] Michael [Ehrhardt] and [senior long-stick midfielder] Jesse [Bernhardt], but also the emergence of [junior defenseman] Casey Ikeda and [freshman defenseman] Matt Dunn. We got some really good contributions. [Junior] Brian Cooper switching positions [from defenseman to short-stick defensive midfielder] helped us. I think those guys will be guys that we definitely lean on next year as we go forward.” … For the first time since attackman Joe Walters and midfielder Bill McGlone in 2006, the program boasted a pair of first-team All Americans in Bernhardt and senior midfielder John Haus. Bernhardt recorded four goals, three assists, 59 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers, while Haus posted 18 goals and 10 assists. “Both of those guys have done such a good job for us for a long time,” Tillman said. “We’ve asked a lot of those guys, and they’ve always come through for us. So I’m not surprised at the year that they had. We see that every day. We certainly didn’t take those guys for granted. We appreciated everything that they did – not only their play, but also their leadership.”

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