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'Nothing broken' for Maryland men's lacrosse faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa

Maryland coach John Tillman said Tuesday morning that Charlie Raffa did not break any bones in Saturday's 12-5 victory over Penn State and that the senior faceoff specialist is questionable for Wednesday's 7 p.m. home game against No. 19 Loyola Maryland at Byrd Stadium.

"I will say that he did have an X-ray, and there's nothing broken," Tillman said during his weekly conference call. "He did get a little banged up, and I'm just going to leave it at that in terms of the extent or what it is or anything like that just because I do want to protect him. …

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"I have seen people take some licks on players. I'm just not going to get too far into it. But I will say that there was a rumor going on about some broken bones or something like that. He did have X-rays and there was nothing broken."

Raffa was injured in a collision with Nittany Lions junior midfielder Ryan Guittare with 2:39 left in the first quarter of Saturday's game. Raffa left Byrd Stadium clutching his right shoulder and elbow and walked immediately into the locker room without assistance from the team's medical staff.

If Raffa – who had won 62.5 percent (70-of-112) and picked up 31 ground balls – is unavailable, the Terps (9-1) can turn to junior Jon Garino Jr., who won 8-of-10 faceoffs and collected seven ground balls on Saturday. Garino has won 57.4 percent (35-of-61) and grabbed 27 ground balls.

Tillman also said the team is awaiting word on junior defenseman Matt Dunn, the Towson resident and Loyola Blakefield graduate who has missed his last three starts due to an undisclosed injury.

"He's practicing," Tillman said. "We'll see how he does today and tomorrow and see how he looks. He's looking good. Like I said, I thought he would be ready on Saturday. We just felt like we would wait a little longer and then we'll see how it goes. He's going to be back soon, I can tell you that much for sure."

Sophomore Tim Muller has started the last three games, grabbing five ground balls and causing two turnovers.

Maryland is unsure whether sophomore attackman Dylan Maltz, who posted one goal and one assist before leaving in the second quarter, will suit up against the Greyhounds (6-5).

"We're checking on that as well," Tillman said. "I don't know if you saw the hit. It was a pretty vicious hit. So we'll kind of check his status today as well. If any of these guys aren't ready, it's the next man up around here."

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Juniors Dave Goodwin and Ian Robertson would be the first two candidates to replace Maltz on attack if he is unavailable.

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