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Both Maryland lacrosse teams won multiple weekly awards, again

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

Photos from USA Today Sports / Illustration by Alex Littlehales

Maryland men’s and women’s lacrosse both had successful weeks, and multiple individual players were recognized for standout performances in those victories.

On the men’s side, senior Connor Kelly and freshman Bubba Fairman won Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, for the top-ranked Terps. Kelly had four goals and four assists in Maryland’s 11-10 win over then-No. 8 Rutgers, recording a point on the Terps’ first five and last three scores. It’s the third time Kelly has won the award this season, having previously won the award on Feb. 20 and March 6. The senior has thrived as the quarterback of Maryland’s offense this year, and he already has more points this season (60) than he did all of last year (57).

Fairman scored a hat trick against the Scarlet Knights, including a goal in the third quarter that snapped a 17-minute scoring drought. It’s the first weekly award of his career, and he joins Logan Wisnauskas and Justin Shockey as Maryland’s other Freshman of the Week winners. Fairman has 15 goals and four assists this season.

On the women’s side, senior Megan Whittle won Co-Offensive Player of the Week and junior Megan Taylor won Defensive Player of the Week. Whittle shared the award with Northwestern senior Sheila Nesselbush after scoring a combined six goals in Maryland’s wins over Princeton and Ohio State. She also broke the school’s all-time goal record against the Buckeyes, surpassing Jen Adams on a free-position goal early in the first half. Whittle has 56 goals and 12 assists in her senior campaign, and her 4.53 points per game lead the Big Ten.

Taylor had another solid week, recording 18 saves on 33 attempts. The reigning IWLCA National Goalie of the Year has been impressive of late, stopping 33 shots and saving nearly 57 percent of attempts on the net in her last four games. This is Taylor’s second straight week winning the award, and she and sophomore Lizzie Colson have combined to win the last five Defensive Player of the Week awards.

In other news

With Kevin Anderson officially out as athletic director, the search for a new one begins. Here’s the Baltimore Sun on potential candidates and the Washington Post on the challenges Anderson’s successor will face.

Maryland softball bounced back from a tough weekend, sweeping a doubleheader against Rutgers.

Maryland baseball was not as fortunate, falling behind early in a shellacking by VCU.

With spring football over, here’s how the offensive depth chart stacks up.

The NFL Draft is right around the corner, and D.J. Moore could end up in Dallas, Carolina, or almost anywhere.

A good amount of recruiting news happened yesterday. Let’s start with the good news.

Maryland volleyball picked up a verbal from 2020 setter Sydney Dowler, who could be an important piece for the team’s future.

Brenda Frese has a late addition to the 2018 recruiting class, as JUCO guard and Slovenia native Sara Vujacic is coming to College Park. She’s the sister of former NBA player Sasha Vujacic.

Now for the bad news: Maryland missed out on a top in-state talent in linebacker Shane Lee, who committed to Alabama.

Here’s one last link for all Maryland lacrosse fans. Tickets for next week’s game at Johns Hopkins are going fast, so buy tickets now if you want to see this year’s version of “The Rivalry.”