COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland men's lacrosse team begins its NCAA National Championship title defense Sunday when it hosts Robert Morris at noon. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
The Terps are making their 41st appearance in the NCAA
Fans are encouraged to park in Lot 1, where parking is free on the weekends. Please follow posted parking signs. Be advised that the UMUC commencement ceremony will be taking place on campus Sunday.
HONORING "BIG MAN"
The University of Maryland will be honoring the life of "Big Man" Dick Edell prior to the game with his family on the field. Coach Edell is recognized as one of the greatest coaches in lacrosse history, totaling 282 wins and being named to the National Lacrosse and IMLCA Hall of Fames. Off the field, Big Man is remembered for his uncanny ability to make a positive impact on every life he touched. He will be greatly missed, but will never be forgotten in College Park.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 - The Terps are 2-0 all-time against Robert Morris, winning by an average of 10 goals in the meetings. Maryland last played the Colonials in 2015, when it came away with a 13-4 victory. The game marked Bryce Young's first career start, while Dan Morris played 25 minutes in his first significant action.
2 - The Terrapin specialist units are both among the best in the country, with the man-up unit ranking second and the man-down fifth. The Terrapin man-up unit is scoring at a 57-percent (24-of-42) clip, as Jared Bernhardt leads the Big Ten with seven man-up goals. Meanwhile, the man-down unit has allowed just five goals on 33 attempts (.152) over its last 10 games, including an 6-for-6 effort against Johns Hopkins.
3 - The Terps are the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive season, becoming the first program to achieve the feat since Johns Hopkins (2002-05). Maryland is 16-5 all-time as the top seed, advancing to at least the semifinals on all seven previous occasions.
4 - Maryland returns four players to the NCAA Tournament that have earned NCAA All-Tournament nods during their careers: Connor Kelly (2017, 2016), Tim Rotanz (2017), Dan Morris (2017) and Matt Neufeldt (2015). Kelly is looking to join Matt Rambo as the only players in Maryland history to earn the honor three times.
10 - The Terps feature one of the most consistent offenses in the country, having scored at least 10 goals in 14-of-15 games. Maryland also leads the nation with just 9.4 turnovers/g, which would be the lowest nationally since Penn State in 2010 (9.0/g).
11 - Senior midfielder Tim Rotanz returns to the NCAA Tournament after scoring 11 goals (t-4th in Maryland single-tourney history) in last year's four games en route to earning NCAA All-Tournament Team honors. Rotanz memorably scored three goals in last year's championship game, including the nail in the coffin on an empty net in the waning moments.
18 - Maryland head coach John Tillman is 18-6 (.750) all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with every game coming during his tenure at Maryland beginning in 2011. His 18 victories are the most for a Terrapin coach in history, and rank t-10th all-time among Division I coaches. He is 6-1 in the first round.
19- Tewaaraton finalist Connor Kelly has scored 19 career goals in the NCAA Tournament, which is tied for sixth in Maryland history with Joe Walters. The Maryland record is held by Frank Urso (1973-76), who scored 32 career goals. Kelly recently became just the second Terp in history to record 40 goals and 30 assists in a single-season, joining Matt Rambo (2016 & 2017).
118 - Maryland players have 118 games of NCAA experience under their belts, including three players who have played in all 12 NCAA Tournament games over the last three seasons: Adam DiMillo, Connor Kelly and Bryce Young. The Terrapin senior class has played in the NCAA finals all three seasons.