COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Five former Maryland men’s lacrosse players are set to play for the Major League Lacrosse Championship as the Denver Outlaws and Ohio Machine clash in the title game for the second straight season.
The Outlaws, led by captains and former Terps Jeremy Sievert and Drew Snider, are seeking their third title in the past four seasons. On the flipside, Jake Bernhardt, Kyle Bernlohr and Bryan Cole are looking to lead the Machine to the first championship in the history of the organization.
The game is set for Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7 pm on CBS Sports Network in Frisco, Texas.
Here’s how each of the Terps have fared in 2017:
Jake Bernhardt (Ohio Machine)
A 2017 MLL All-Star and current member of the United States National Team, Bernhardt is in the midst of a career-best season. The former Terp has posted career-highs in both goals (18) and assists (16) in just 10 appearances, while also collecting 16 ground balls. Bernhardt had a goal and two assists in the Machine’s semifinal victory over Florida. Jake's brothers, Jesse and Jared, are both members of the current Maryland program as defensive coordinator and student-athlete, respectively.
Kyle Bernlohr (Ohio Machine)
One of the greatest goalies in Maryland history, Bernlohr has wasted little time making his mark in the MLL. A nominee for both MLL Goalie of the Year and MLL Most Improved Player, Bernlohr led all goalies in save percentage (.567) and posted the lowest goals against average among goalies with at least six games played (11.35). He was named the Warrior Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6 after stopping 14 of 21 shots against the Launch in the first start of his pro career. Bernlohr is the first former Terps goalie to lead the league in save percentage.
Bryan Cole (Ohio Machine)
Only a few months removed from capturing the National League Lacrosse title as a rookie with the Georgia Swarm, Cole is looking to add to his trophy collection with a Major League Lacrosse title, as well. The former first team All-American has appeared in four games for the Machine since rejoining the team July 15, scoring a pair of goals.
Jeremy Sieverts (Denver Outlaws)
A star midfielder for the Outlaws during their epic run over the last few seasons, Sieverts has pieced together another great season with 13 goals and 13 assists. The perennial All-Star is looking to capture his third MLL title in the last four seasons with the Outlaws.
Drew Snider (Denver Outlaws)
Snider has been with Sieverts for both of the Outlaws’ previous titles as he looks to win his third in four seasons. Also a perennial All-Star, the United States National Team midfielder has totaled 18 goals and six assists in his sixth season in Denver.