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With five goals and eight points through 10 games at Maryland, Pat Young is a second-line midfielder on pace to finish with career lows in goals and points. And that's just fine with the senior, who transferred from UMBC where he had 86 goals and 111 points in three seasons.

"It's been a big change, but I knew that it was going to be a big change coming in," Young said Tuesday afternoon. "I wasn't expecting to be on the first line or anything like that when I came here. I just wanted to be part of a program that had a great tradition and something that was bigger than myself. So not having as many points is not necessarily that big of a deal for me because I had never been on a team that had won seven games in a row or has the record that we have right now. So that alone is positive."

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The No. 5 Terps are 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, and could take a significant step toward securing the top seed in the conference tournament with a win against No. 18 Rutgers (9-2, 2-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Maryland Stadium in College Park. It's a little bit of a culture shock for Young, who never went to the NCAA tournament with the Retrievers.

But Young, who considered Rutgers, Virginia and Georgetown before switching to Maryland where he knew coach John Tillman, said leaving UMBC was difficult.

"I've got a lot of friends there and had a relationship with the coaching staff that was pretty strong," Young said. "But at the end of the day, I had to do what I thought was going to make me happy and what I thought was best for my future."

Senior midfielder Bryan Cole, who rooms with Young on road trips, said Young's humility has helped him acclimate quickly with linemates Tim Rotanz and Lucas Gradinger, as well as the rest of the Terps.

"Here, I don't think anyone really cares about points or personal success," Cole said. "It's more about getting the wins or playing collectively better than we did the week before. So I wouldn't say he's chafing at anything. He's developed immensely since he's been here and I think the sky is the limit for him. He's a great player, and he's fitting in well here."

Cole and Tillman have preached patience with Young, whose best game was a two-goal, two-assist performance in the team's 17-5 rout at Princeton on March 12. But Young said he doesn't concern himself with his numbers.

"The transition has been really smooth," he said. "… I've got no complaints."

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