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MM 2.9: Two Maryland men’s lacrosse players earn Big Ten weekly honors

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

Photo courtesy of Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Athletics

After Maryland men’s lacrosse started its season on a high note with a 15-4 win against Richmond on Saturday, a few Terps received award recognition. Graduate defender Brett Makar was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and freshman attacker Braden Erksa was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

This type of award is nothing new for Makar, who was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season. He forced four turnovers and got five ground balls as the Terps held the Spiders scoreless for most of the game.

With a lot of players and staff from last year’s national champion squad not returning, the freshman Erksa has already shown himself capable of providing offense in his first collegiate game. He scored two goals and had an assist against Richmond and was the first Maryland freshman to win the award since 2021.

Head coach John Tillman’s team has not lost a regular season game since 2020. Maryland will be back in action against Loyola (Md.) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In other news

Sam Oshtry and Ben Dickson broke down Maryland men’s basketball’s recent loss to Michigan State and more on the most recent episode of the Testudo Times Podcast.

Andrew Chodes dove into the discussion surrounding Maryland women’s basketball’s attendance issues by analyzing the data.

Chodes also previewed the Terps’ upcoming game against Northwestern.

Maryland men’s basketball released a logo for the team’s “red out” game against Penn State on Saturday.

Maryland women’s basketball senior guard Diamond Miller was named to the Wade Trophy Watch List.

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley was with former NFL player and Maryland alum Shawn Merriman.

Maryland softball shared images from practice as the team prepares to start their season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Maryland wrestling prepared to honor its seniors ahead of senior night.

Maryland gymnastics checked in at No. 25 on the NCAA Top 25 this week.