Maryland men’s lacrosse attacker Jared Bernhardt and defender Nick Grill join an illustrious list of over 60 Terps drafted to play professionally as the latest selections in the 2021 Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) college draft.
Bernhardt was selected 19th overall in the third round by the Chaos Lacrosse Club, while Grill was taken 31st overall in the fourth round by the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club.
The two have proved to be serviceable pieces to Maryland’s stellar season with consistent production. Bernhardt, as the frontrunner for the Tewaaraton Award, leads the nation with 4.33 goals per contest and has posted 43 goals through ten games — enough to surpass Matt Rambo as the program's top scorer.
Grill, as one of the nation’s best defenders, has forged a considerably impressive season of his own, leading the Big Ten with 1.2 caused turnovers per game while leading a defense that has held opponents to 9.8 goals per game.
Both Grill and Bernhardt are the only players on the roster who have earned weekly awards at least three times, with Grill winning the Defensive Player of the Week distinction in three consecutive weeks and Bernhardt winning Offensive Player of the Week honors five times — the most in a single season in conference history.
For the Chaos, Bernhardt will forgo immediate eligibility in the PLL as he goes on to play Division II football this fall. He would be joining a team coming off a two-win, 2020 campaign. Meanwhile, Grill has the opportunity to join the defending champion Whipsnakes, a roster brimming with former Maryland talent. Upon arrival, Grill would be the 13th Terp on the Whipsnakes and the fourth Maryland defenseman on the depth chart.