Last year, Maryland men’s lacrosse made the hike to New Haven, Conn. and suffered its first loss of the season to Yale. With the Bulldogs traveling to College Park this Saturday, the Terps will try to even up the home-and-home series.
Head coach John Tillman and Co. come into this game tied with Denver as the No. 1 team in the country. Yale, coming in at No. 7 in Inside Lacrosse’s weekly rankings, will be the second ranked opponent the Terps face in their non-conference portion of the schedule.
The last time these two teams met, Maryland was going through somewhat of an identity crisis on offense. But Maryland’s scored 50 goals over the course of its first three games, and Yale will need to stifle this well-oiled offense to have any shot of taking them down at home.
When and where: Maryland Stadium, Saturday, noon.
How to watch: ESPNEWS
Yale Bulldogs (1-0)
Head coach Andy Shay. Since 2010, Shay has coached the Bulldogs to a .710 winning percentage with two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Tillman and Shay have built a solid rivalry over the last couple of years, with the Bulldogs taking down the Terps in the last two regular season meetings but falling against them in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Player to watch
Jackson Morrill, No. 12, freshman, attack. The 2016 Baltimore Sun Player of the Year had an impressive collegiate debut against Villanova, pouring in five goals to come just one shy of the freshman program record.
Ben Reeves, No. 2, junior, attack. The Bulldogs main goal scorer, Reeves took a nasty hit against Villanova and was sidelined for much of the game. Eighth in Division I with 2.81 goals per game last season, a healthy Reeves added into an offense that scored 16 goals in its season debut is a lethal combo.
Phil Huffard, No. 35, junior, goalie. Huffard made the transition from unknown backup to bona fide starter between the pipes last year. With 15 saves against the Wildcats, he’s made nearly a fourth of his total saves from last year just one game into the season.
A dangerous freshman class. Along with Morrill, freshmen Lucas Cotler and Matt Gaudet combined for three goals to lift the Bulldogs over the Wildcats 16-11. The freshman trio combined for half of the team’s offensive production, and will need a repeat performance in College Park.
Shot efficiency. Yale’s scored its 16 goals on just 30 shots, an incredibly efficient 53-percent. For comparison sake, Maryland’s 50 goals have come at a 42-percent clip.
They’ve only played one game. The Bulldogs are 1-0, compared to Maryland’s 3-0 record. The Terps just have more real game reps than Yale does at this point in the season.