COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach John Tillman has announced the defending National Champion Maryland men’s lacrosse program’s 2018 schedule in advance of its 93rd season of lacrosse, including marquee non-conference matchups against Navy, Notre Dame, Albany and North Carolina (in California).
The Terrapins have led the country in RPI the last two seasons and look poised do the same in 2018 with a challenging slate that features eight teams (out of 13) which were ranked among the top-20 in the final 2017 Maverik Media Poll.
Tillman enters his eighth season at the helm of the Terrapins after leading Maryland to its first National Championship since 1975. Since Tillman took over the program in 2011, Maryland has led the country in NCAA Tournament wins (18), Final Four appearances (6), USILA All-America selections (47) and Major League Lacrosse draft selections (31).
The Terps return a number of key players from 2017, five USILA All-Americans: senior midfielder Connor Kelly, senior midfielder Tim Rotanz, sophomore midfielder Jared Bernhardt, senior long stick midfielder Matt Neufeldt and senior defender Bryce Young.
“We are thrilled to unveil another challenging and exciting schedule for the 2018 season,” Tillman said. “We take immense pride in seeking the best possible competition for both our incredible fans and our student-athletes, and we look forward to testing ourselves against the nation’s best.”
The Terrapins’ home schedule includes dates with Notre Dame, Albany, Navy, Penn and Marist before a rematch of the 2017 National Championship game against Ohio State on April 21.
Maryland will open the season in College Park against Navy Feb. 10 for the 94th all-time meeting between the local rivals. The Terps hold a 58-33-1 advantage in the all-time series, including eight consecutive victories dating back to 2010.
The Terps then host Marist for just the second time in history three days later on Feb. 13. Maryland defeated the Red Foxes, 17-4, in 2012. Marist finished 10-6 last season and have advanced to four straight MAAC championship games.
After making its first-ever trip to High Point on Feb. 17, Maryland will return home for matchup with Penn on Feb. 21.
Upon completion of its four-game February slate, the Terps will enter March with an extremely challenging schedule featuring Notre Dame, Albany, Villanova and North Carolina in succession.
Maryland will look to avenge 2017 regular season losses against Notre Dame and Villanova, while welcoming an extremely talented Albany program to College Park on March 10. Maryland defeated the Great Danes in the NCAA Quarterfinals last season.
The Terps then close their non-conference schedule by making their way out west to participate in the Pacific Coast Shootout for the third time in four years. Squaring off against North Carolina, the matchup features the NCAA’s last two National Champions. Click here for more information.
A season removed from asserting itself as one of the top conferences in the nation, the Big Ten schedule will begin March 31 as Maryland travels to Michigan followed by a trip to Penn State on April 8.
The Terps then return home for back-to-back games against Rutgers (April 15) and Ohio State (April 22).
Maryland will close its regular season April 28 when it faces Johns Hopkins for the 107th installment of “The Rivalry.” The Terps have won three straight games in the historic series.
2018 Maryland Men's Lacrosse Schedule
|Sat.||Jan. 27||Georgetown (Ex.)||College Park, Md.|
|Sat.||Feb. 4||at Virginia (Ex.)||Charlottesville, Md.|
|Sat.||Feb. 10||Navy||College Park, Md.|
|Tues.||Feb. 13||Marist||College Park, Md.|
|Sat.||Feb. 17||at High Point||High Point, N.C.|
|Wed.||Feb. 21||Penn||College Park, Md.|
|Sat.||Mar. 3||Notre Dame||College Park, Md.|
|Sat.||Mar. 10||Albany||College Park, Md.|
|Sat.||Mar. 17||at Villanova||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Sat.||Mar. 24||vs. North Carolina||Costa Mesa, Calif. (LeBard Stadium)|
|Sat.||Mar. 31||at Michigan *||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|Sun.||Apr. 8||at Penn State *||State College, Pa.|
|Sun.||Apr. 15||Rutgers *||College Park, Md.|
|Sun.||Apr. 22||Ohio State *||College Park, Md.|
|Sat.||Apr. 28||at Johns Hopkins *||Baltimore, Md.|
|Thurs.||May 3||Big Ten Semis||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|Sat.||May 5||Big Ten Finals||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|Sat./Sun.||May 12/13||NCAA First Round||Campus Sites|
|Sat./Sun.||May 19/20||NCAA Quarters||Annapolis, Md./Hempstead, N.Y.|
|Sat.||May 26||NCAA Semis||Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)|
|Mon.||May 28||NCAA Finals||Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)|