The availability of faceoff specialist Austin Henningsen for No. 5 Maryland's Big Ten game against No. 18 Rutgers is unclear after the freshman sustained a leg injury in Sunday's 11-10 overtime win at No. 15 Penn State.
Henningsen, who ranks 13th in Division I in faceoff percentage at 62.3 percent (99-of-159), left in the second quarter and did not return. Coach John Tillman said he does not have an update on Henningsen's status as the players were given Monday off.
"I think he'll be fine," Tillman said Tuesday morning during his weekly conference call. "I know he got dinged up a little bit. … It looked like he might have banged legs with somebody. It's certainly not something where I feel like he's going to miss extended time or anything like that, but he did get dinged up a little bit. It looked like he was hobbling. So we'll monitor him this week."
Henningsen, who had won 4-of-8 draws and scooped up one ground ball before getting injured, was replaced by sophomore Will Bonaparte, who went 11-of-17 and picked up three loose balls.
If Henningsen is sidelined, the Terps (8-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten) can turn to Bonaparte (48.0 percent on 24-of-50), freshman Curtis Corley (44.4 percent on 4-of-9), senior Andrew Walsh (66.7 percent on 2-of-3) and junior Jon Garino Jr., who has yet to take a draw this spring.
Aside from Walsh and Garino, Henningsen, Bonaparte and Corley are relative rookies to the faceoff position being coached by volunteer assistant coach Chris Mattes.
"It's amazing that the guys getting the bulk of the work right now, none of them really got the bulk of the work last year," Tillman said. "Austin's been terrific, and when Austin's either been dinged up or the other team has done a good job against Austin, we haven't been afraid to put Curtis in like we did last week or Will, and that says a lot about Coach Mattes kind of realizing what the right matchup is and having those guys prepared."
Whoever takes the faceoffs against the Scarlet Knights (9-2, 2-0), Tillman said the team will rely on wing players like redshirt senior long-stick midfielder Greg Danseglio and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen to help secure faceoffs.
"I thought Greg Danseglio and Isaiah Davis-Allen were just fantastic on wings the other night," Tillman said, referring to Danseglio and Davis-Allen collecting five and four ground balls, respectively. "Getting into the fight and picking up ground balls, that to me was the difference for us getting back into the game."