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Maryland-heavy Whipsnakes sit atop Premier Lacrosse League standings

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

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The Whipsnakes of the Premier Lacrosse League are a league-best 3-0 thus far this season, with all three of their wins coming in overtime.

The PLL is in its inaugural season, hoping to compete against Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League, which started play in 2001 and 1987, respectively. Unlike most sports leagues, the season didn’t begin with a full-scale player draft. Instead, those that signed with the league were placed onto rosters (aside from a small college draft), allowing for added team chemistry.

With the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club, a staggering amount of former Terrapins were able to join up. Out of the 24 Terps in the league, 20 of them belong to the team, and they’re off to a stellar start thus far. After overtime wins of 15-14 and 12-11 on June 1 and June 8, the Whipsnakes were able to keep the winning streak going on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Archers 11-10.

Matt Rambo, who graduated from Maryland in 2017, currently leads the team with 13 points — four goals, nine assists — which ranks third in the league. Mike Chanenchuk (2014), Drew Snider (2012) and Connor Kelly (2018) have also been successful thus far, combining for 14 points. In goal, Kyle Bernlohr (2016) has been a stalwart, making a league-high 45 saves to go along with a .562 save percentage.

The PLL national tour will head to Baltimore this weekend, as the league’s six teams will play at Homewood Field, home to Johns Hopkins Lacrosse. The Whipsnakes will take on Atlas Lacrosse Club on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

In other news

Maryland football players and coaches gathered at McDonogh School on Friday night to honor Jordan McNair on the anniversary of his death.

Three-star running back Ebony Jackson has officially committed to Maryland, and he’s the Terps’ highest-rated prospect so far in the 2020 class.

Former Terps pitcher Mike Shawaryn has been terrific thus far in his MLB career with the Red Sox, and he talked to Alex about the transition to the bright lights.

After winning the national championship last month, Maryland women’s lacrosse continues to rack up the awards.

Quarterbacks Week wrapped up Friday, and Lila took a look at incoming Virginia Tech passer Josh Jackson.

Mike Locksley and the football program welcomed in the newest Terps and their family members — a group that now includes Steelers coach Mike Tomlin — on Sunday as summer practices are soon approaching.