Maryland men’s lacrosse secured a commitment from Class of 2020 faceoff specialist Colin Hagstrom this week.
The Mahtomedi, Minnesota, native is rated as a four-star prospect by Inside Lacrosse, and plays with the Project Midwest club team. Hagstrom is the second 2020 faceoff commitment for the Terps, with Payton Giberson committing to Maryland in 2016.
Hagstrom took part in the 2019 Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic Underclass Tournament from June 27-30 in Baltimore, where the rising high school senior “was arguably the most dominant face-off man,” according to Inside Lacrosse’s Ty Xanders.
“[Hagstrom] showcased a variety of exits at the X, and was able to go forward against numerous Division I commits,” Inside Lacrosse noted. “When he did lose a draw, his tenacity and ability really shined through as he stayed on and played aggressive on-ball defense, which led to numerous turnovers.”
According to his Under Armour profile, Hagstrom won over 80 percent of his faceoffs, scored 15 goals and collected 215 ground balls in 2019.
After the departure of Austin Henningsen and Wesley Janeck, Justin Shockey is Maryland’s lone returning faceoff specialist on the 2020 roster. Reinforcements are on the way, though, as Luke Wierman and Conor Calderone signed in the Class of 2019.
When Hagstrom arrives in 2020-21, Shockey will be entering his final year of eligibility, while Wierman and Calderone will be rising sophomores (assuming everyone stays in College Park). However, head coach John Tillman and his staff can always use multiple players at the position and ride the hot hand when needed.
In other news
Maryland men’s basketball is set to take on Temple during the 2019 Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Thanksgiving Day.
The Terps’ roster is still impressing analysts, as they remain in the top 10 of ESPN’s way-too-early top 25 for the 2019-20 season.
Rising senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. cracked Andy Katz’s top 10 players for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
TOP 10!— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) July 11, 2019
Continuing the countdown of @TheAndyKatz's Top 25 Players:
10. Lamar Stevens, @PennStateMBB
9. Anthony Cowan Jr, @TerrapinHoops
8. Tre Jones, @DukeMBB
7. Kerry Blackshear Jr, @GatorsMBK
6. Jordan Nwora, @LouisvilleMBB pic.twitter.com/xfzxSVwbJq
After starting six games at center last year, Johnny Jordan looks to carry that momentum over in 2019.
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