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Notebook: Five Terps named Preseason All-ACC in Face-Off Yearbook

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National men’s lacrosse runner-up Maryland had a conference-high five players picked to the Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook.

The Terps selections were midfielder John Haus, short-stick defensive midfielder Landon Carr, long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt, defenseman Goran Murray and goalie Niko Amato.

North Carolina attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) and faceoff specialist R.G. Keenan (Boys’ Latin) were two other players chosen to the team with Baltimore-area ties.

The Terps and Duke split the coaches’ vote for the top team heading into the 2013 season, with Virginia and North Carolina tied for third.

Top recruit Dunn decommits from Terps

One of the best senior defenders in the country, Alec Dunn of Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., decommitted from Maryland and committed to the admissions process at Dartmouth, according to LaxLessons.com. Inside Lacrosse reported Dunn's oral commitment in August 2011.

Dunn has played for the Bulldog elite club at the Brine Shootout, Tri-State tourney and King of the Hill, where he was selected to play in the all-star game. Dunn also has attended Maverick Showtime and the National Lacrosse Classic, where he again played in the all-star game.

Shoremen coach Shirk added to US Lacrosse convention slate

US Lacrosse has named Jeff Shirk, men’s lacrosse coach at Washington College, a speaker at the US Lacrosse national convention next month. Shirk will join roughly 150 of the sport’s best coaches, officials and administrators as presenters at the lacrosse world’s largest professional development event Jan. 11-13, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Shirk will host “Best Practices for Playing Fast” for boys lacrosse coaches at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12.

“Jeff is one of the rising young coaches in lacrosse, and given that pace of play is a hot topic in the sport, his session should prove very insightful,” said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse. “We’re happy to have him as a speaker at the US Lacrosse national convention.”

Added Shirk: “Speaking at the US Lacrosse national convention is an honor and a great opportunity to contribute to the growth of the game. I’m looking forward to meeting and sharing some tips with coaches from around the country.”

Shirk will enter his third season at Washington College in 2013, having taken the Shoremen to the 2012 Centennial Conference regular-season championship and their first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2008. He was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. Shirk was the head coach at Virginia Military Insititute for four years before that, guiding the Keydets to their first berth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship game.

Shirk played collegiately at Maryland, serving as a captain his senior season. He helped lead the Terrapins to the 1998 ACC championship and the 1997 and ’98 NCAA finals. He played three years in the National Lacrosse League before turning to coaching.

Last week, US Lacrosse named Stevenson men's lacrosse head coach Paul Cantabene and assistant coach Tim Puls, as well as Maryland women’s coach Cathy Reese, as speakers at the convention.

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