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After opener postponed, Maryland men's lacrosse prepping to start vs. High Point

After getting ready for last Saturday's season opener against No. 16 Navy only to have it postponed until April 19 because of inclement weather, No. 4 Maryland is prepping for this Saturday's opener against High Point (0-1) at 12 p.m. at Maryland Stadium in College Park.

While the players might have been understandably deflated about not playing against the Midshipmen, Terps coach John Tillman said the delay of the season opener has not affected the team.

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"I think with our guys, we talk a lot about the ups and downs of a season and not being emotional yo-yos," he said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call. "You've got to be able to live day to day and be able to handle the ups and downs of a season week to week. They're going to go through a season where you're going to deal with injuries, you're going to have get past maybe a tough performance. This is just one more challenge where our guys have to get past the fact that they couldn't play."

Tangling with a traditional rival, especially one in the same state, can generate certain emotions and focus, but Tillman said Maryland can't overlook a Panthers opponent that took a 5-0 advantage before losing, 10-8, to Towson in an NCAA tournament play-in game on May 6, 2015.

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"I know they were excited, but regardless of whether we played or not, we have a really good team, a team that was in the NCAA playoffs and was beating a really good Towson team 5-0 in the first quarter of last year's first round of the NCAA tournament," he said. "So we have a lot of respect for Jon Torpey and his staff and what they've been able to accomplish down there. So we've got to move forward. We can't worry about what happened last week. We've got to focus on what's ahead of us."


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