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MM 1.28 Maryland women’s lacrosse ranked No. 1 in preseason poll

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

2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The reigning national champion Maryland women’s lacrosse team came in at No. 1 in the latest preseason poll.

IWLCA released its official coaches preseason poll Monday, with the Terps ranked at the top spot. Maryland will enter 2020 looking to add another trophy to their NCAA-leading collection of 14.

Three other Big Ten teams appeared in the rankings, including No. 3 Northwestern, No. 9 Michigan and No. 24 Johns Hopkins. The Terps also received the top spot in the conference preseason poll released Monday.

Head coach Cathy Reese’s squad will face 11 other top-25 teams this season. Most notably, Maryland will play four opponents ranked in the top-10 on the road — No. 2 North Carolina (Feb. 22), No. 4 Syracuse (Feb. 28), No. 6 Princeton (April 8) and No. 9 Michigan (April 25).

The Terps will look to defend their title this season, with their first game on Feb. 8 at No. 17 James Madison.

In other news

After two wins at Northwestern and Indiana last week, Maryland men’s basketball moved up two spots to No. 15 in the latest AP Top 25 poll Monday.

Jalen Smith, who averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds in those victories, took home his first Big Ten Player of the Week honor Monday.

Maryland quarterback Max Bortenschlager announced Monday that he was entering the transfer portal.

Maryland football secured a commitment from 3-star Offensive Lineman Amelio Moran Monday.

With some key departures and certain offensive position in question, Wes offers some transfer portal options that Mike Locksley and his staff could look at.

No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball is adjusting to a strong Big Ten conference.

Brenda Frese’s Terps jumped three spots in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

Here are a few highlights from No. 15 Maryland men’s basketball’s win in Bloomington.

The Terps had a strong defensive presence towards the end of Sunday’s matchup.

No. 17 Maryland women’s basketball also took a took back at its top-25 victory over Northwestern.

Tributes for Kobe Bryant continue, showcasing how much he meant to so many people.

Maryland lacrosse had three players — Anthony DeMaio, Matt Rahill and Roman Puglise — selected to the Big Ten preseason watch list.

Spring semester started Monday for all Terps.

Kyle Cochran had quite a showing this weekend.