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Maryland men’s lacrosse adds nation’s No. 7 recruit, who will enroll early for 2019 season

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

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Maryland men’s lacrosse has landed a commitment from attackman Nick DeMaio, the No. 7 player in the Class of 2019. DeMaio, who decommitted from Boston University on Nov. 15, will enroll at Maryland in January and be eligible to play for the Terps in the spring.

DeMaio played his high school lacrosse at Coronado High School in California, tallying 198 goals and 192 assists in his career. He was set to play a postgrad season at Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut, but will instead join his older brother, Anthony, on Maryland’s offense.

The elder DeMaio also enrolled at Maryland in January two seasons ago, and while he redshirted the 2017 season that saw the Terps capture a national championship, he appeared in all 18 games last season and tallied 13 points. Nick will come in as an even more prized recruit, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into Maryland’s immediate plans. The Terps’ offense returns Jared Bernhardt, Bubba Fairman and Logan Wisnauskas, among others, but Connor Kelly and Tim Rotanz graduated after this season.

Maryland has now flipped two top-10 recruits in the last week. Attackman Dylan Pallonetti, the No. 9 recruit in the 2019 class, switched his pledge from UMass to the Terps. He’ll enroll this summer and join what should be a particularly loaded Maryland squad in 2020.

In other news

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It was a difficult decision for Brooks to leave his alma mater. Here’s his farewell speech.

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