Already forced to play without one starting defenseman and a reserve attackman, the Maryland men’s lacrosse team watched another player go down in Tuesday’s 13-7 win against Marist.
Freshman attackman James Avanzato injured his right knee immediately after scoring his first college goal with 12:33 left in the third quarter at Maryland Stadium. After launching a shot from the left point, Avanzato was struck by a Red Foxes defender. He struggled to get back to his feet before falling back to the turf and walking off the field gingerly with a pair of trainers.
After the game, Avanzato’s knee was in a brace, and he needed crutches to maneuver. Coach John Tillman did not have much information on the injury.
“It was really fluky,” he said. “We kind of looked back at the play, and he left his feet and got hit. So it’s hard to tell what happened. It wasn’t like a dirty play or anything like that. When he shot, he really threw his body forward, and I don’t think it was the plant foot.”
The Terps (2-0) were already playing without senior defenseman Bryce Young (leg) and sophomore attackman Steven Shollenberger (unspecified). Although Shollenberger will miss the entire season, Tillman said, “Everything seems to be trending positively for Bryce.”
Asked whether he is worried about the recent spate of injuries this early in the season, Tillman replied: “I kind of jokingly say we get paid to worry. We worry about everything — whether it’s how they’re doing in school, their injuries, how they’re doing getting jobs, how they’re shooting. We are collecting some injuries. So it does concern you. Like anything else, we have a next man up mentality. You always try to think ahead and look at your depth chart, and that’s really what we’re going to have to do at this point, go, ‘All right, who would be that next guy?’ We are getting some guys that are doing a good job.”