There's a lot to cover in week two of the Maryland Men's Lacrosse Blog - the first scrimmage of 2012, this year's team captains and some history of Terp captains, congratulating a Hall of Fame Terp, the annual look at the preseason polls and what they mean, and more - so lets not waste any more time.
The Loyola Scrimmage
As is usual here, we're not going to post a score or any specifics about last Saturday's scrimmage at Loyola, but we're not going to try to ignore that it happened either.
What we will do here is take a look at a few of the Terps who played really well vs. the Greyhounds.
Billy Gribbin - What a debut for the Penn State transfer. Gribbin scored the Terps' first two goals and looked to be completely comfortable with the Maryland offense. His decision-making was solid and could have had a couple of assists if some shots off of some of his passes found their way into the goal. When asked about who he thought had a good scrimmage Coach Tillman, Gribbin was the first player he brought up; high praise off of one outing as a Terp.
Niko Amato - Nothing new here; Amato was terrific as a ball-stopper. The fact that he looked so at ease in front of an entirely new close defense and a mostly new crew of shorties is amazing. He played just a little more than two quarters and exited the game with nine saves. Nothing will help give the new defense time to gel together than Amato stopping shots.
Jesse Bernhardt - This is another one that could be mentioned among the "played well" each and every week. He was all over the field, defensively and on the wings. I'm not sure how many lock-down long poles there are this season, but Bernhardt is capable of taking away a midfield unit's No. 1 option. He certainly gives the Terps' defense a certain sense of security when he's on the field.
A few others that had some good moments include: Landon Carr, Goran Murray, Taylor Morgan and Michael Ehrhardt.
Still an awful lot of work to do though.
The final tune-up to the 2012 season is this Saturday when Maryland heads into the Carrier Dome to face Syracuse. I know it's hard, but no one should call this a rematch of last season's NCAA quarterfinal game in Foxborough. These two teams are just too different to even think of it being a true rematch.
Five Terps were selected by team vote to serve as 2012 team captains: seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider, and juniors Jesse Bernhardt and Owen Blye.
None of these selections come as a surprise as each brings something to the table as team leaders, not to mention that these five do the right things on and off the field.
Our records on captains are not that extensive, but in the research I've been able to do this marks the first time that two juniors have been selected captain in at least 32 years (and probably a lot more).
2012: Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt, Owen Blye, Joe Cummings, Drew Snider
2011: Dan Burns, Grant Catalino, Brian Farrell, Brett Schmidt
2010: Brian Farrell*, Bryn Holmes, Brian
Carter, Mike Griswold, Dan Groot, Chris Rhine, Jeremy Sieverts
Adolph, Joe Cinosky, Will Dalton, Drew Evans, Max Ritz
Borrel, Chris Feifs, Travis Holmes, Ray Megill
Healy, Ryan Lang, Bill McGlone, Xander Ritz
2005: Ian Healy,
Tyler Hereth, Bill McGlone, Gavin
Gillette, Chris Passavia, David Wagner, Lee Zink
Harper, Michael Howley, Dan McCormick, Mike Mollot, Ryan Moran
Burman, Mike LaMonica, Mike Morsell, Nate Watkins
"Buggs" Combs, Chris Malone, Pat McGinnis
Carrier, Casey Connor, Jeff Shirk, Erik Osberg
Haggerty, Scott Hochstadt, Chris Lamy, Brian Zeller
Bonanni, Matt Hahn, Brian Reese
1997: Mike Bonanni*, Peter Hilgartner
Dougherty, Pat McGuire
1995: Greg Nelin,
1994: Matt Back,
Elfstrum, Bob Huggins, Scott McMahon, Dan Reading
Bullem, Brian Burlace, Dave Willard
1991: Brian Burlace, Graven Craig, Mark
Connor, Bill Ralph, Carl Voigt
Wheeler, Phil Willard
Poindexter, Guy Riccardi
Merrill, Dan Tracy
Francis, Mark Wheeler, Jim Wilkerson, Tim Worstell
1982: Don Sadler,
Johnson, Don Sadler, Pete Worstell,
Boneillo, Ron Martinello, Nick Manis
1979: John Lamon,
Randy Ratliff, Bryant Waters
Boland, Mike Hynes, Jake Reed
Farrell, Ed Mullen, Frank Urso,
1975: Ed Mullen*, Gary Niels, Doug Radebaugh
1974: Dino Mattessich, Pat O'Meally, Doug Radebaugh
Besosa, Doug Schreiber
1972: Gary Besosa, Bill Reilly
1970: Doug Carter, Reed Kaestner
I was unable to find the captains for a few years, but for the years I could find only five true juniors have been named team captains: 1972 Besosa; 1981 Sadler, 1991 Burlace, 2005 McGlone, 2012 Jesse Bernhardt.
The only two-time captains were Besosa in 1972-73, Mullen in 1975-75, Sadler 1981-82, Burlace 1991-92, Bonanni 1997-98, McGlone 2005-06 and Farrell 2010-11.
Mullen was a senior in 1975, but was injured and redshirted the season. He returned to be a two-time captain in 1976.
Bonanni redshirted a season, so he was a captain as a fourth-year junior and fifth-year senior in 1997 and 1998, respectively.
Farrell was injured and redshirted the 2009 season and was also a fourth-year junior and fifth-year senior in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Hall of Fame Terps
Congratulations go out to Terp attackman Jim Wilkerson, who was inducted into the Greater Baltimore chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame last month.
Wilkerson was a two-time first team All-American for the Terrapins in 1982 and 1983.
He enjoyed his finest season as a Terp in 1982 as a junior, totaling 62 points on 41 goals and 21 assists. His 41 goals still ranks tied for 11th on Maryland's single-season goals list.
Wilkerson followed that up with a 31-goal, 25-assist seniot campaign in 1983.
He still ranks sixth all-time with 198 points, eighth with 117 goals and tied for 14th with 81 assists.
Joining Wilkerson in the 2012 class is former Maryland assistant coach Paul Cantabene.
Preseason Polls Are Out
(Full disclosure - this paragraph was copied and pasted from last year with just the year changed, because the view expressed has not changed one bit.) Before we get into the preseason polls, let's make one thing perfectly clear: The polls do not matter! The rankings are for fans and media to have something to look at and talk about throughout the season. The polls have no bearing on a team's tournament worthiness or potential seed. But, while that may be true, the polls and rankings are the way we judge teams in the regular season and it provides a fun debate. So where do the Terps stand in the 2012 preseason polls? Take a look:
|Ranking||IL Media||USILA Coaches|
|3||Johns Hopkins||Cornell (T3)|
|6||North Carolina||North Carolina|
|9||Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
Ok, that was fun. It still doesn't mean much, but it is interesting and here are some more interesting nuggets:
- The top 10 teams are the same in both polls. Virginia is No. 1 in both polls, but it's a bit jumbled from there.
- Both polls share 19 of 20 teams. Colgate is included in the media poll at No. 19, while Delaware is No. 19 on the coaches' poll. Five teams are ranked in the same spot in both polls: Virginia (1), Denver (5), North Carolina (6), Notre Dame (9) and Villanova (10)
- The ACC has all four teams in the both polls. The only other league with at least four is the Ivy League, which has five in both polls. The average ranking of the top four teams in each league: ACC (4.25 media, 4.25 coaches), Ivy (11.5 media, 11.75 coaches).
If you're wondering what the Terps have been ranked in past preseason polls you're in luck.
|Year||IL Media||USILA Coaches|
Last week I promised some news on a new feature this year and I'm pleased to announce that this season we will be having an additional edition of the Blog each week. Each Wednesday, beginning next week, one of the Maryland Terrapins will have their opportunity to share their thoughts on whatever topic(s) are on their mind. Hopefully this will allow the fans to connect with the Terps in a new way this season and give an even greater insight into what it's like to be a Terp.
That's it for this week's edition. Next week will be more of a 2012 preview with a position-by-position look at this year's Terps. We should also have the video preview finished and posted here as well.
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