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MM 5.7: Whipsnakes to defend Premier Lacrosse League title in summer tournament in lieu of second season

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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 Premier Lacrosse League will officially be holding a quarantined tournament this summer without fans in place of their second season due to the coronavirus pandemic, co-founder Paul Rabil announced Wednesday.

The PLL is the first of any American sports league to announce an official plan to play, though the location has yet to be announced. Players will be required to self quarantine for a period of time leading up to the tournament and the league also formed the COVID-19 Medical Committee to keep everyone safe.

The PLL Championship Series features all seven clubs with the winner being crowned league champion for the 2020 season. Play is scheduled to begin on July 25 with a 14-game group play period to determine seeding, followed by a single-elimination tournament the following week.

The Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club, which features 16 former Maryland lacrosse players, enters the shortened season as defending league champions, with 2017 National Champion Matt Rambo taking home league MVP and championship game MVP.

There are seven Terps spread across the league’s other six teams, with defender Curtis Corley (Archers) and FOGO Austin Henningsen (Chaos) set to make their professional debuts this season and midfielder Connor Kelly beginning his career with the Waterdogs after being selected first overall in the league’s expansion draft.

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Maryland wrestling’s Jaron Smith suffered a torn ACL in 2018, his third of his career, but worked tirelessly in the offseason to bounce back in the 2019-20. Check out Logan’s feature on Smith’s incredible journey here.

We’ve got a special episode of Back with the Squad dropping later today.

Maryland basketball’s top-20 moments of the season countdown finally reached it’s top play, with Daryl Morsell’s game-winning three pointer against Minnesota taking the No. 1 spot.

Maryland football posted a compilation of some of the best helmets from the past and present. Which three are you going with?

Recent Maryland women’s basketball transfer Katie Benzan spoke with PGCTV’s Chris Marks on what went into her decision to make the move to College Park.

Thursday is Maryland Day on Big Ten Network, with the station replaying close to 24 hours of classic Maryland sports games.

Cathy Reese has had a dominant career as head coach for Maryland women’s lacrosse.