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Maryland Men's LAX Neufeldt named B1G Defensive Player of the Week

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It was an impressive week for freshman long stick midfielder Matt Neufeldt as the Terps men's lacrosse team picked up wins over Penn and Drexel. Neufeldt's work didn't go unnoticed as he was named the B1G Defensive Player of the Week.

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Maryland's men's lacrosse team didn't win a Big Ten honor in the first week of the lacrosse season. The most likely reason was that the Terps didn't play until the second week. That week, by virtue of giving up only a single goal to Navy in the season opener, Maryland goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Maryland's men's lacrosse team didn't win a Big Ten honor in the third week of the season. The most likely reason was that the Terps lost their only game to Yale. Week four is a different story. Maryland played twice and won twice. The first was an 11-7 win over Penn and the second was a thrashing of Drexel, 12-3.

When the defense gives up only 10 goals in two games, it is likely playing well as a unit. It's also possible that one or two players had standout efforts. In this case, both are true and the standout player for the Terrapins is freshman long stick midfielder Matt Neufeldt. Neufeldt became the second Terp to win a B1G weekly men's lacrosse award.

Against Penn, Neufeldt picked up three ground balls and caused four turnovers. While he wasn't quite as disruptive in Saturday's game against Drexel, causing only one turnover, he improved his hustle stat, getting to five ground balls. He helped Maryland's defense hold Drexel scoreless for more than 56 minutes of game time.

The Terps return to action Saturday against Princeton for a noon faceoff at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.