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Maryland men's lacrosse - Ikeda wins second B1G Defensive Player of the Week

Ikeda's effort anchoring a Maryland defense that held Villanova to just two goals earned the senior his second B1G Defensive Player of the Week Award.

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Defense has been a trademark of the Maryland Terrapins men's lacrosse team under head coach John Tillman and the current season is no exception. For the third consecutive week and the fourth time in five weeks, a Maryland defender has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. And for the second time in that span the honoree is Casey Ikeda.

Ikeda is the stalwart in the center of a Maryland defense that not only held Villanova to just two goals but that has conceded just 27 goals in six games. Maryland's 4.50 goals against average is nearly two per game better than second place Monmouth who gives up 6.25 per game.

In the game against Villanova, the senior from Berwyn, PA, picked up three ground balls and had one caused turnover. For the season, Ikeda has recovered seven ground balls and is second on the squad with seven caused turnovers.

The Terps take to the road for their next two contests beginning Saturday when they will face North Carolina in Santa Ana, CA in the Pacific Coast Shootout. They will return east to play at Robert Morris Tuesday night and will open Big Ten play by hosting Michigan on Sunday, March 29th.