Maryland men's lacrosse on mend after having rare weekend off

The Baltimore Sun

After a 19-6 romp over Robert Morris on Wednesday, No. 5 Maryland had a rare weekend without a game. That means 10 days will have passed before the Terps return to action Saturday against archrival and No. 9 Johns Hopkins.

Maryland coach John Tillman said the break has been especially helpful for several players who have been nursing injuries not serious enough to end a season, but annoying enough to be a nuisance.

“Some of the guys that have needed the rest were able to do that and get the treatment that they need and maybe get some of the rehab that they needed,” Tillman said during his weekly conference call on Tuesday morning. “So that certainly has been helpful. The downside is you get into a routine and having a game every weekend, you like being in routines. The guys seem to be at their best when you kind of get on a schedule. The positive side is that some of those guys definitely needed some rest and hopefully that will help them get their legs back.”

The rest was good for players like junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa (knee) and junior defenseman Goran Murray. Murray, a three-year starter, sat out the victory against Robert Morris after absorbing a blow in a 9-6 decision over Virginia on March 30. But Tillman said Murray, who has recorded eight ground balls and five caused turnovers, should be able to return for Saturday’s game.

“If he really had to play, he probably could have been able to play, but we felt like resting him was important,” Tillman said. “We did the same thing with Charlie Raffa. We felt like with both of those guys, getting that rest was going to be important.”

Murray’s spot was filled by freshman Mac Pons, and the Boys’ Latin graduate scooped up one ground ball.

“I thought Mac did a really nice job,” Tillman said. “There are certainly some things he can continue to work on, but I thought to get a start, it was a good opportunity to gain some experience and just go through the routine of being a starter. That is a little bit different instead of coming off the bench and watching the game unfold. He was able to get out there and go through the preparation of what it means to be a starter and kind of study his opponent. I thought Mac did a pretty good job.”

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