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MM 12.18: Maryland men’s lacrosse enters as No. 4 in preseason polls

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

Maryland men’s lacrosse vs. Bucknell Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Maryland men’s lacrosse will open its 2020 season as the fourth-ranked team in both the US Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse preseason rankings released Tuesday.

The Terps suffered loss to Virginia in the quarterfinals of last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers — ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the aforementioned rankings, respectively — secured the victory in overtime after a controversial blown call in regulation tied the game with just over a minute remaining.

Inside Lacrosse had Big Ten rival Penn State ranked as No. 2 in the nation, while US Lacrosse Magazine ranked the Nittany Lions first. The defending champion Yale Bulldogs find themselves ranked third in both preseason rankings, while Duke and UPenn are No. 5 in the US Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse rankings, respectively.

Entering in the top-five, the Terps face lofty expectations that have come to define their program during the John Tillman era.

Tillman, entering his tenth season as head coach, has game-changing players at his disposal once again this year. Senior attacker Jared Bernhardt and junior midfielder Logan Wisnauskas will hope to replicate the 2017 National Championship campaign for the Terps.

Maryland will look to avenge their sour ending to the 2019 season with a championship in the 50th annual NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament.

In other news

Make sure to set your alarms and watch the women’s basketball team take on Georgia State. Here’s Henry’s preview.

Check out how some former Terps performed this weekend in the NFL.

National Signing Day is upon us, so make sure to keep up with all of our Testudo Times coverage. Start off by taking a look at Wes’ big board of who could be signing.

And Terps’ head coach Mike Locksley has some special shoes for the occasion.

Head coach Mark Turgeon had a message for No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball as the team looks to regroup after its first loss of the season.

And while nothing was said during weekly media availability and a team spokesperson could not confirm, it appears that Chol Marial could possibly suit up for the Terps Thursday, per Adam Zagoria.

Terplanta is in full effect with No. 13 Maryland women’s basketball down south for its game against Georgia State.

Maxwell Costes was named a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American.

Choose your top 3 midfielders of the decade for Maryland men’s lacrosse.

Women’s lacrosse all-decade attackers were announced.