COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The No. 9 Maryland men's lacrosse team (5-2) opens Big Ten Conference action Saturday as it welcomes No. 19 Michigan (8-1) to Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU, with Anish Shroff and Ryan Flanagan on the call.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Saturday's meeting between Maryland and Michigan marks the first time in history the programs have met as ranked foes. The Terps hold a 3-0 advantage in a series that dates back to 2014, never allowing the Wolverines to score more than seven goals. Last season, Bryan Cole scored the game-winner with 49 seconds left in snowy Ann Arbor.
2 - The Terps' Dan Morris (Specialist of the Week) and Tim Muller (Defender of the Week) each earned Big Ten honors after excellent defensive performances at North Carolina. Morris made 12 saves in net, while Muller had a goal and three ground balls.
5 - Maryland has won five consecutive conference openers (3-0 in Big Ten) and seven of its last eight dating back to 2009. The Terrapins are 9-1 all-time in Big Ten regular season play, including a perfect 5-0 season last year.
6 - The Terrapins earned a resounding 15-7 win at North Carolina last weekend, due in large part to its shooting accuracy. Maryland scored on each of its first six shots to open the game, and finished an improbable 15-for-27 (.555) overall. The Terps currently rank third nationally in shooting pct. (.371).
6 - Head coach John Tillman has had immense success since taking over the program in 2011, advancing to five NCAA semifinals and four title games. The Terps also lead the nation during that time period in All-America selections (38) and Major League Lacrosse draft selections (26).
7 - Freshman Jared Bernhardt has tallied at least one point in all seven games to open his career, marking the longest streak to open a career since Matt Rambo had a point in the first seven games of 2014. Four of Bernhardt's 10 goals have come by way of the EMO - a mark that ranks fourth in the Big Ten.
9 - Juniors Conor Kelly and Tim Rotanz gave the midfield a boost at North Carolina, combining for nine points on four goals and five assists. Rotanz had a career-high four points in the game, while Kelly matched his career-high in assists (4).
67 - Maryland's extra-man unit remains the best in the nation after converting its lone opportunity against North Carolina. The Terps are scoring at a 67 percent of their opportunities and have ben led by Colin Heacock, who ranks fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten with five man-up goals.
175 - Maryland has one of the most seasoned & prolific attack lines in the country, with Matt Rambo (63), Colin Heacock (61) and Dylan Maltz (51) combining for 175 career appearances. The
unit's combined 264 goals is the most among all attack lines nationally, while its 381 combined points rank second.
200 - Senior Matt Rambo totaled five points against North Carolina last weekend to become the fifth player in Maryland history to reach 200 career points. He currently needs 30 points to become Maryland's all-time leader in points and 24 goals to be the all-time leader in goals. Rambo also currently leads the Big Ten in points (4.6/g) and assists (2.1/g).
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