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Connor Kelly leads 6 Maryland men’s lacrosse USILA All-Americans

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

Maryland lacrosse Connor Kelly vs. Albany Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Six Maryland men’s lacrosse players were named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-Americans Thursday.

Connor Kelly led the way, earning a first-team nod for the second straight season. Bryce Young and Jared Bernhardt made the second and third teams, respectively, while Curtis Corley, Dan Morris and Tim Rotanz earned honorable mentions.

The announcements come with a couple important milestones. Kelly’s back-to-back first-team honors are the first for a Terp midfielder since Bill McGlone in 2005 and 2006. This crop of USILA All-Americans ups the total under John Tillman to a nation-leading 53 since he took over in 2011. There have been at least five Maryland USILA All-Americans in every season since then.

This season, Kelly was the first midfielder and second Terp ever to record 40 goals and 30 assists in a season. The 78 points he’s accrued this season are the fourth-most in a single season in program history; he’s still got at least one more game to play. He’ll likely pass Bob Boniello’s 79 in the next game, and has an outside chance to pass Matt Rambo’s 87 if Maryland plays for a national championship on Monday.

Rotanz has a point in 31 straight games, and 19 goals and 19 assists on the season. He’s scored on 43 percent of his shots. It’s his second straight All-American honor.

Young forced 11 turnovers and scooped up 21 ground balls this season, in addition to a career-high five points (two goals, three assists). It’s his second USILA All-American honor.

Bernhardt, who’s also a two-time All-American, posted a career-best 54 points thus far behind 38 goals and 16 assists. His seven man-up goals led the Big Ten.

Corley forced 13 turnovers this season, and swallowed up 12 ground balls. This is the first All-American honor of his career.

Morris, in his second season in the crease for Maryland, has stopped 171 shots, good for a 53 percent clip. He’s the sixth Maryland goaltender to be honored as an All-American in the last seven years.

In other news

Five Maryland football players were named to the Athlon Sports preseason All-Big Ten Team.

The football team, as a whole, posted the second-best multiyear Academic Progress Rate in program history. The Terps have come a long way since losing three scholarships in the 2009-10 school year.

We are now less than 100 days from kickoff against Texas.

The women’s lacrosse team has its Final Four game tonight against Boston College at 7:30 on ESPN3.

Gordon Wild is still doing Wild things on the pitch.