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MM 2.2: Maryland men’s lacrosse voted as the preseason Big Ten favorite for 2022 season

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland men’s lacrosse will be heading into the 2022 season with plenty of expectations.

The program was unanimously voted in the preseason to repeat as the champions of the Big Ten this season, the team announced on Monday afternoon. The poll was voted on by the conference’s coaches. Maryland is coming off a Big Ten regular season title and a Big Ten tournament championship from last season.

The Terps were also noted to have three players to watch ahead of the 2022 season. One of Maryland’s top scorers and fifth-year attacker Logan Wisnauskas, fifth-year midfielder Jake Higgins and senior defender Brett Makar were head coach John Tillman’s three players to be named.

Wisnauskas is returning to the program for another season after finishing second on the team in goals with 41 in 2021. He also chipped in with 31 assists giving him 72 total points, only behind star Jared Bernhardt.

Higgins, also returning for the Terps, had a season-ending injury last season. He played in nine games before going down and proved to be one of the stronger defensive midfielders on the team.

The last of the trio is Makar, who broke out a season ago for the Terps. Makar caused 15 turnovers in 2021 en route to an eventual First Team All-Big Ten selection and a 2021 Big Ten All-Tournament Team nominee.

In other news

Lauren Rosh wrote about Maryland men’s basketball’s two-point loss to No. 13 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

Ben Dickson wrote about what the month of February could mean for No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball.

Matt Levine took a look at the former Maryland football players whose NFL teams will play in the Super Bowl.

Tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo is having a strong showing at practices for the East-West Shrine Bowl.

A few Terp WNBA players are returning to the D.C. area.

Maryland women’s basketball shared some highlights from its win over Penn State.

Maryland softball shared a story from Courtney Wyche about her family’s connection to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Maryland field hockey congratulated its alum, Dr. Christine Knauss, on earning her Doctorate of Philosophy in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences.