COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The top-seeded Maryland men's lacrosse team opens its 40th NCAA Tournament against Bryant Sunday, May 14, at 2:30 pm at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The Terps have been to five of the last six NCAA semifinals under head coach John Tillman.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Maryland enters its NCAA-best 15th straight NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed for the second straight season and seventh time overall. The Terps are 12-5 overall as the top seed, advancing to the semifinals in all six occurrences.
2 - Senior attackman Matt Rambo recently became the second player in Maryland history (Joe Walters - 2006) to be named a finalist (top-5) for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the nation's most outstanding player. A Maryland player has never won the award since its inception in 2001.
3 - Sunday's meeting marks the third in history between Maryland and Bryant, with the Terps winning both meetings in 2009 and 2014. The teams met in the 2014 NCAA Quarterfinals after Bryant upset 2-seed Syracuse in the first round. The Terps won that meeting, 16-8, at Hofstra.
3 - Maryland defeated three of the NCAA Tournament's top-8 seeds in a span of eight days last week to claim both the Big Ten regular season and tournament crowns. The Terps cruised
to victory against rival Johns Hopkins in front of 14,000+ fans, before taking down Penn State and Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference tournament.
7 - The Maryland defense has appeared to find its groove recently, allowing just 20 goals over its last three games (6.7/g). The defense is led by Big Ten Defender of the Year and All-American Tim Muller.
14 - Head coach John Tillman is 14-6 overall in the NCAA Tournament. His 14 wins since 2011 are the most among all Division I coaches during that six-year span. Tillman has led the Terps to five NCAA semifinals and four title games in six seasons at Maryland.
29 - Maryland has made a habit of jumping out to strong starts, outscoring opponents by 29 goals in the first quarter (60 to 31). The Terps are 65-9 under John Tillman when leading after the first quarter.
40 - Junior midfielder Connor Kelly has scored 13 goals over his last three games, including nine in the Big Ten Tournament to claim MVP honors. Kelly, who now leads the Terps with 37 goals, is looking to become the first Maryland midfielder to score 40 goals in a season since Frank Urso (1974).
42 - Senior Matt Rambo has totaled 42 points - the most among active players nationally - in 11 career NCAA games. Rambo, who is Maryland's all-time points leader, smashed Andrew Whipple's tournament record for points (18 - 1998) with 23 in 2016.
129 - Maryland is the most experienced team in the NCAA Tournament, with its players combining for 129 career NCAA games played. The Terps have four players who have played 11 NCAA games: Isaiah Davis-Allen, Colin Heacock, Mac Pons and Matt Rambo.