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Mike Bender
Player Profile:

Bender's Honor Roll

  • 2015 Academic All-Big Ten

As a senior (2015): Appeared in all 19 games, collecting five ground balls and causing four turnovers after switching positions to short stick defensive midfielder ... made fi rst appearance of season in 8-1 win at Navy (2/14)...caused one turnover in win against No. 11 Penn (2/24) ... picked up one ground ball against No. 10 Princeton (3/7) ... posted Maryland career-highs in ground balls (2) and caused turnovers (2) against Penn State (4/4) ... picked up a ground balland caused a turnover against No. 19 Loyola (4/8) ... had a groundball in NCAA First Round vs. Yale (5/9).

As a junior (2014): Appeared in nine games, scooping two ground balls and causing one turnover...made Maryland debut in 16-3 win vs. Mount St. Mary's (2/8) ... one groundball in 14-3 win over UMBC (2/15) ... one groundball in 16-8 win at No. 2 Syracuse (2/22) ... saw late time in 16-8 win over Bryant (5/17) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

As a sophomore (2013 at Bellarmine): Started all 14 games on the year ... recorded one goal in 10-4 win vs. Detroit (3/5) ... second on the team with 22 caused turnovers ... second on the team with 40 groundballs ... also recorded two assists – one in 11-10 win over Air Force (3/9) and one in 12-7 loss at Virginia (4/20).

As a reshirt freshman (2012 at Bellarmine): Played in 11 games with two starts – Robert Morris (2/11) and at Mercer (2/18) ... two caused turnovers in 12-6 loss at Denver (4/6) ... tied for sixth on the team with 19 groundballs ... one caused two turnovers in 13-2 loss at Ohio State (3/24).

As a freshman (2011 at Bellarmine): Redshirt season

Before College: Four-year letterwinner for coach Andy Scott at Emmaus High School … helped lead the Hornets to four Lehigh Valley Lacrosse League championships … finished his senior season with 16 goals and 11 assists ... totaled 40 points on 24 goals and 16 assists for his prep career … named league MVP and first team All-State ... four year member of All-Conference team ... team captain during senior season ... member of two time defending National Champion Duke’s Lacrosse Club ... also lettered in football as a running back and linebacker.

Personal: Son of Terry & Hope Bender and Veronica & Greg Ortiz … younger brother of Jess and older brother of RJ … majoring in business.


Bender's Scoring Statistics
Year GP/GS G A Pts. Shots EMG GB CT Pen
2012 (BU) 11/2 0 0 0 1 0 19 3 1/0:30
2013 (BU) 14/14 1 2 3 1 0 40 22 7/5:00
2014 9/0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1/1:00
2015 19/0 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0/0:00
Total 53/16 1 2 3 2 0 66 29 9/6:30
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