The Maryland Terrapins are the 56th team in our 2017 schedule preview. The Terrapins went 17-3 overall in 2016, and 5-0 in Big Ten play. Maryland won the Big Ten championship over Rutgers, and followed that up with wins in the NCAA Tournament against Quinnipiac,
another team that won’t be mentioned Syracuse (sad face), and Brown in overtime, before falling to North Carolina in overtime in the National Championship game. Let’s dive into their schedule.
The Terrapins begin with two scrimmages against Virginia (THAT’LL BE A FUN ONE!) on January 28 and at Penn on February 4. The season begins on the road for the first two games of the regular season, first against Navy on February 11, followed by St. Joe’s three days later. Last year’s February meeting with Navy was postponed until mid-April, and I could honestly go for that again. The team’s home opener is against High Point on February 18. This is the second straight season the Terps open up Maryland Stadium against the Panthers. Maryland also hosts Yale on the 25th, in what has become one of the first marquee games of the season. They’ve lost to the Bulldogs in the previous two meetings.
The Terps travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame on March 4. The two teams met in California last year, where the Fighting Irish were victorious. The team then goes to Albany to take on the Great Danes on the 11th. Maryland returns home to take on Villanova on March 18. And then comes the rematch of the National Championship game in Chapel Hill against North Carolina. That game is on March 25, and I recommend you circle, highlight, bold, italicize, and underline that game.
Big Ten play begins in April with the Terps hosting Michigan on April 1. A tough Penn State team comes to College Park on the 8th, followed by a trip to New Jersey to take on lacrosse school Rutgers on the 16th. That will be a rematch of the Big Ten championship game, which Maryland obviously won. The Terrapins visit Ohio State on April 22nd, before wrapping up the regular season by hosting “The Rivalry” against Johns Hopkins on the 29th.
John Tillman’s team is a favorite to win the National Championship, as they have been for the past few seasons. They return the same attack as they had last year in La Salle College High School product Matt Rambo, along with fellow seniors Colin Heacock and Dylan Maltz, as well as Tim Rotanz, Louis Dubick, and Timmy Monahan. The midfield may pose some early problems, with Henry West, Bryan Cole, and Pat Young graduated. Connor Kelly is the lone remaining starter from the first midfield line, with Lucas Gradinger as part of the second unit. Freshman stud Jared Bernhardt might get some immediate starting time. There’s plenty of open spots at midfield, with guys such as senior Ben Chisolm, sophomore Thomas O’Connell, and freshmen Jack Wilson and Russell Masci all having a shot to play this season.
The defense suffers a couple of losses in starter Matt Dunn and Greg Danseglio, but the team returns Mac Pons and Tim Muller from last year, as well as sophomore Bryce Young. The star defensive midfielder, Isaiah Davis-Allen, returns, along with Nick Manis, Wesley Janeck, and Adam DiMillo. Without Kyle Bernlohr in goal, Dan Morris should get the nod in cage. Austin Henningsen returns as the primary FOGO, with Will Bonaparte behind him.
With Maryland’s schedule released, the Big Ten becomes the fourth conference to have all their teams announce their respective schedules. Again, this is another friendly reminder that no ACC teams have yet to release their schedules. SOMEBODY RELEASE A SCHEDULE.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.