On the same day Maryland men’s soccer announced forward Paul Bin will miss the season with a torn ACL, a women’s lacrosse team spokesman confirmed that rising senior defender Lizzie Colson suffered the same injury earlier this summer.
The injury occurred June 13 as Colson was participating in the final practice of the United States National Women’s Lacrosse Team’s three-day training period. Colson was one of six players with University of Maryland roots taking part in this camp, and the only current Terp to do so.
In 2019, Colson helped anchor a Maryland back line that paired with Tewaaraton-winning goalkeeper Megan Taylor to lead the Terps to a national championship. As a team, Maryland allowed an average of 8.09 goals against per game, which was the fifth-best mark in the nation. With Colson’s injury, rising-senior Meghan Doherty will serve as the Terps’ only returning defensive starter.
With this injury coming in June, it doesn’t necessarily rule Colson out for the entire 2020 season. A standard nine-month recovery would set up a potential March return, but the door is open for Colson and the Terrapin staff to obtain a medical redshirt and set the stage for a full senior season in 2021.
Individually, Colson had a major impact on the draw, finishing the season second to Kali Hartshorn with 127 draw controls. She also had 46 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers on the defensive end. One of the brightest moments for Colson in 2019, however, was notching her second career goal after scooping off a faceoff against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament and taking it to the net for the score.
Colson and Bin join football players Jeshaun Jones and Antwaine Richardson as the four Maryland student-athletes to have suffered ACL tears in 2019. The Terrapins seem to always be on the wrong side of the injury bug, and this year has been no different.
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