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Maryland men’s lacrosse welcomes back long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt as defensive coordinator

Maryland welcomed back a familiar face to its coaching staff.

A little bit more than a month after associate head coach/defensive coordinator Kevin Conry left the 2017 NCAA Division I champion to become the head coach at Michigan, the Terps announced on Monday afternoon the hiring of former long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt to fill the vacancy created by Conry’s departure on June 22.

Bernhardt, a two-time All American in 2012 and 2013 and the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, was the defensive coordinator at Princeton last spring. Under his guidance, the Tigers ranked seventh in the nation out of 69 teams in saves per game at 13.1, were tied for 10th in man-down defense with a 75.0 percent success rate, and ranked 20th in caused turnovers per game at 7.4.

But Princeton did rank 52nd in goals allowed per game at 11.4 and gave up 10 goals or more in nine contests. The unit surrendered a combined 35 goals in back-to-back season-ending losses to Cornell on April 29 and Brown on May 5.

Prior to joining the Tigers, Bernhardt spent two years at Rutgers with a focus on defense and faceoffs. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Maryland following his graduation in 2013.

Bernhardt will be reunited with younger brother Jared, who recently wrapped up his freshman year ranked fifth on the team in assists (eight) and sixth in both goals (20) and points (28). Eldest brother Jake was a midfielder for the Terps from 2009 to 2013.

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