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MM 4.8: Grace Griffin opts to use extra season of eligibility

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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 Greg Fiume/NCAA Photos via Getty Images Photos

Maryland women’s lacrosse will be returning a key starter and leader next season.

Head coach Cathy Reese announced Wednesday that senior midfielder Grace Griffin will be using her extra year of eligibility granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m so excited to come back,” Grace Griffin said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have another year. Last year was tough, I mean everyone knows with COVID and our season getting canceled and just wanting to be a part of the Terps program [for] as long as I can.”

In 2019, the Sykesville, Maryland native had a breakout year. She racked up a career-high 45 goals including three in the national championship game win over Boston College. This season, Grace Griffin is a team captain, ranks second on the team in goals with 15 and has 26 total points.

Reese and company will surely be happy to get one more season with Grace Griffin. With the soon-departures of fifth year players Brindi Griffin, Lizzie Colson and Hannah Warther, Grace Griffin along with fellow fifth year returnee Tori Barretta will offer great veteran experience for the team.

In Other News

Maryland men’s basketball officially announced head coach Mark Turgeon agreed to a three-year contract extension.

Sam wrote about how Maryland baseball is starting to break through after winning three of four games this past weekend.

Here are some more details about Turgeon’s extension.

Maryland women’s lacrosse and Lizzie Colson brought fans episode three of The Vlog.

Maryland women’s golf picked up a win over Virginia down in Charlottesville.

Maryland athletics looked back at the first nationally televised women’s college basketball game.