Maryland men's lacrosse's impressive performance on the field this season has clearly been recognized by the rest of the conference. The Big Ten coaches voted seven Maryland players to the All-Conference team. The seven selections broke the Big Ten record of six that the Terps set last year. Maryland had placed six players on the All-Conference team twice before, but the Terrapins managed to break the record this season.
Kyle Bernlohr, Bryan Cole and Isaiah Davis-Allen were named First-Team All-Big Ten, while Greg Danseglio, Tim Muller, Matt Rambo and Colin Heacock were named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.
There aren't any Terps with eye-popping numbers this season--a product of Maryland's outstanding balance on both offense and defense--so perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Terps were left out of the individual honors. However, Kyle Bernlohr probably deserved to be a unanimous selection.
The reigning National Goalie of the Year made 12 saves in what was basically a blizzard in Ann Arbor. The Terps won that game in large part because he made a save late and it turned into Bryan Cole's last-minute game-winner. He then made 14 saves the next week in State College in a game that went to overtime. The temperature was below 40 degrees in both games. He was outstanding in conference play. While being named to the First-Team is certainly an honor and distinction, I think his not being named as a unanimous selection was an oversight on the part of the coaches.
Maryland will play Penn State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. You can watch the game on the Big Ten Network or stream it online.