Michael Dello-Russo
Michael Dello-Russo

Player Profile

Columbia, Md.

High School:
Wilde Lake

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 165



As a Senior in 2005: Team captain ... athletic center back who reads the game well ... intelligent and consistent player ... started all 25 games and managed two assists from the back ... helped Maryland to 11 shutouts on the year ... his 20 career assists are tied for ninth-most all-time at Maryland ... named to the All-College Cup team after helping lead the Terrapin backline to the title ... three-straight shutouts against ACC foes Virginia (10/19), Boston College (10/22) and non-confeence opponent NJIT (10/26) ... tallied an assist against the Highlanders ... was a mainstay in three more consecutive shutouts: vs. No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth (9/11), vs. No. 12 Clemson (9/16) and vs. St. Bonaventure (9/18) ... registered the game-winning assist against Santa Clara (9/9).

As a Redshirt Junior in 2004: Team captain ... versatile player who was a regular starter on the back line ... took most corners for the Terps ... registered 10 assists on the year, seventh-most in Maryland history ... helped the team to 12 shutouts ... hit a perfect corner to Maurice Edu for game-tying goal in the national semifinal game against Indiana (12/10) ... played a deep ball to Chris Lancos to set up the game-winning goal against Virginia (11/5) ... earned a pair of assists, including one on the game-winner, against Villanova (10/6) ... tied a Ludwig Field record with three assists against Loyola (9/14) ... sent through ball ahead to Abe Thompson to assist on the equalizing goal against Georgetown (9/12) ... registered an assist in the 5-2 win over No. 2 St. John's (9/10) ... earned first point of the season with an assist against Marshall (9/5).

As a Junior in 2003: Redshirted the season after suffering a partial tear to his MCL against Furman (8/29).

As a Sophomore in 2002: Notched six points for the Terps (one goal, four assists) ... started career-high 18 matches ... scored his lone goal of the season against Virginia Commonwealth (9/8) ... added an assist against the Rams ... also registered assists against Duke (9/22), George Mason (10/26), and Clemson (11/15).

As a Freshman in 2001: Scored one goal and four assists ... played all 21 games, starting 10 ... netted first collegiate goal vs. Princeton (10/3) ... tallied two assists against American (9/9) ... his other two assists came against Manhattan (10/7) and Clemson in the ACC Tournament (11/15) ... took 18 shots.

Before Maryland: Dello-Russo graduated early from Wilde Lake High School and began his education at Maryland in the spring of 2001 in order to train with the Terrapins during the spring ... attended high school with fellow teammate Ian Rodway ... while at Wilde Lake, his team won the 3A state championship his freshman year ... a three-time all-state pick, he was named first-team all-county three times and second-team all-county his freshman year ... a member of the All-South team, he was also a team captain his senior year ... he has been a member of the state ODP team for the past five years ... was a three-year member of the regional ODP team (1996-98) and a two-year member of the national ODP pool (1997-98) ... captained the Soccer Club of Baltimore's team.

Personal: The son of Ralph and Pamela Dello-Russo, his full name is Michael James Dello-Russo ... has one sister, Michelle ... enjoys playing golf in his free time ... majoring in American Studies.

Career Statistics

Year M-S G A Pts GWG Sht 2001 21-10 1 4 6 0 19 2002 22-18 1 4 6 0 5 2003 1-0 (Medical Redshirt) 2004 24-24 0 10 10 0 5 2005 25-25 0 2 2 0 12 Totals 93-77 2 20 24 0 41