Just one more go-around in College Park for one of the most accomplished senior classes in Terps history.
“It’s an emotional time for the seniors. It’s kind of a day you don’t really look forward to just because you know your time is coming to an end,” said Terps senior attackman Colin Giblin.
Sunday is Senior day for Maryland. It’s the last home game of the regular season and the last home game for the seniors.
“It’s important for us, as a senior class, that we go out there and we lead the way and win it for our team,” said Terps senior long stick midfielder Nick Brozowski.
“It’s an emotional day. There’s a different vibe for sure. A little bittersweet,” said Terps Head Coach John Tillman. “You get sad to a certain extent, at least momentarily. But then you got to get refocused and realize we got to win a game. This is their day. Let’s make sure we get them a ‘W’.”
Rival Ohio State comes to town to tangle with the Terrapins. It’ll be the first time they’ve played the Buckeyes since defeating them in last year’s national championship game.
“We took something that they thought was theirs. That’s going to be a lot of motivation for them in the game,” said Brozowski. “But at the same time we know we got to go out there and play our best game of the season.”
A victory for Maryland guarantees them at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.
Sunday’s game will also mark the first contest since Wednesday’s Major Lacrosse League draft. Five Terps were selected by teams in the country’s best pro league. Connor Kelly went second overall to the Atlanta Blaze.
“There are some terrific players out there and certainly we played against a number. I haven’t seen anybody better,” said Tillman about his senior attackman. “I can’t think of a guy that I would rather have leading our offense and directing our team this year than Connor.”
Kelly is the highest pick for a Terp since Joe Walters went first overall in 2006.
Joining Kelly (Atlanta Blaze – 1st Rd, 2nd overall) were midfielder Tim Rotanz (Charlotte Hounds – 2nd Rd, 12th overall), defender Bryce Young (Ohio Machine – 2nd round, 15th overall), midfielder Adam DiMillo (Charlotte Hounds – 6th round, 48th overall) and goalkeeper Dan Morris (New York Lizards – 6th round, 50th overall).