COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The defending national champion and preseason No. 1 ranked Maryland men's lacrosse team returns to action Saturday at noon when it hosts Navy at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 - The defending National Champion Maryland men's lacrosse team opens the 2018 season ranked No. 1 in the USILA/Nike Coaches poll and No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Poll. Last season, the Terps won their first NCAA Championship since 1975, while also claiming both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.
6 - Maryland returns six All-Americans in 2018, including IMLCA First Team All-American midfielder Connor Kelly. The other returning All-Americans are sophomore A/M Jared Bernhardt, senior goalkeeper Dan Morris, senior
8 - Maryland has won eight straight games against Navy, with its last loss in the series being in 2009. The Terps hold a 58-33-1 record in the all-time series against Navy dating back to 1924, with the programs meeting every season since 1946.
9 - Maryland head coach John Tillman has pieced together another challenging slate for the Terps, which includes matchups against nine teams in the IMLCA Coaches Poll. The Terps have routinely played the top schedule in the country, posting the No. 1 overall RPI back-to-back seasons.
12 - Maryland head coach John Tillman has deep ties with the Naval Academy, having coached there as an assistant for 12 seasons (1996-2007) and twice being named Assistant Coach of the Year. The Terps' offensive coordinator, J.L. Reppert, is a 1999 graduate of Navy.
24 - The Terps are 88-3-1 all-time in
46 - Senior midfielder Connor Kelly, who was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year by IL, returns after scoring a Maryland midfielder record 46 goals in 2017. Kelly spent the offseason as one of two collegiate players training with the United States Senior Men's National Team. Kelly has appeared in 58 career games - most in the nation.
129 - Maryland's entire first line midfield, which totaled 129 points (99 goals, 30 assists) last season, is back in 2018: sophomore Jared Bernhardt and seniors Connor Kelly and Tim Rotanz. All three players were IMLCA All-Americans last season.
200 - Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Dan Morris returns for the Terps after totaling 200 saves and leading the Big Ten with a .548 save percentage. Morris was excellent in the 2017 postseason, holding opponents under 10 goals in five-of-six games.