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MM 12.29 Maryland men’s lacrosse All-American Jared Bernhardt to return for final season

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

NCAA LACROSSE: MAY 02 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Semi Finals - Maryland v Johns Hopkins Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Maryland men’s lacrosse star Jared Bernhardt will return for his fifth and final season next spring.

The Longwood, Florida native, who played quarterback in high school, committed to Ferris State to play college football with his final year of eligibility. The Division II Bulldogs ultimately postponed their season until at least January and he’ll now return to the Terps for another year.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to come back to Maryland and rejoin my coaches and teammates,” Bernhardt said in a press release, adding that he is “thankful to have another chance to play college lacrosse this season.”

During his time in College Park, Bernhardt has amassed 131 goals and 60 assists over 60 games. His success has brought him national recognition, earning him three U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America nods, two All-Big Ten awards, and the 2017 Maryland Athletics Freshman of the Year award.

“I could not be more excited to have Jared back at Maryland for one more season,” men's lacrosse head coach John Tillman said in the release, noting how difficult the last nine months have been for collegiate athletes due to COVID-19 related season cancellations.

Bernhardt looks to continue the success he and the team have had over the last four years, as the Terps stand as a Big Ten powerhouse and are the number five team in the country going into 2021 according to U.S. Lax Magazine. In the senior’s tenure alone, men’s lacrosse has taken home three Big Ten titles and a 2017 National Championship.

In Other News

Maryland men’s basketball pulled off a major upset, taking down No. 6 Wisconsin 70-64 on the road.

Maryland football received a transfer commitment from former Nebraska wide receiver and four-star recruit Marcus Fleming on Monday.

Former Terp Steve Suter remembers his iconic Gator Bowl touchdown this Wednesday at 7 pm.

Maryland football defensive back Tahj Capehart reportedly entered the transfer portal.

Former Terp Stefon Diggs added three more touchdowns on Monday Night Football for the Buffalo Bills as the league-leader in receptions and receiving yards.

Maryland women’s lacrosse is also bringing a star senior back in 2021.