Maryland coach John Tillman said the players who make up the faceoff unit apparently go by the moniker of "The Hog Pen." It may not be the most appealing nickname, but what matters is that the group gets the job done.

Without freshman faceoff specialist Austin Henningsen (leg injury), fellow freshman Will Bonaparte stepped in and was credited with 15-of-23 wins and a team-high six ground balls in the No. 5 Terps' 11-8 victory over No. 18 Rutgers at Maryland Stadium in College Park Saturday afternoon.


Bonaparte got help from redshirt senior long-stick midfielder Greg Danseglio (five ground balls), junior short-stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen (three) and freshman short-stick defensive midfielder Wesley Janeck (one). And Tillman praised the group's collective effort, which contributed to Maryland collecting 32 ground balls to the Scarlet Knights' 19.

"Greg Danseglio today was fantastic on the wings," Tillman said. "There was a couple where he picked it up and he had to kind of navigate through and throw it back. He was great, Isaiah was great, Wes Janeck. Those guys just do a tremendous job. We have a lot of confidence in those guys, and I feel like depending on matchups, we can go with a couple different guys."

Henningsen, who suffered the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's 11-10 overtime win at No. 15 Penn State, entered the week ranked 14th in Division I in faceoff percentage (62.3 on 99-of-159). But Bonaparte has now won 65.0 percent (26-of-40) in the team's last two games, which has inspired confidence in his teammates.

"When a guy like Bonaparte goes in, we don't expect anything less than him just grinding and winning faceoffs like he did," said junior attackman Dylan Maltz, who scored a career-high four goals.

Circling back to "Three Things to Watch"

1) Rutgers on ground balls. The Scarlet Knights (9-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten) had entered the game ranked fourth in the country in ground balls, averaging 34.6. But they collected a season-low 19 against Maryland (9-2, 3-0), which made a concerted effort to pounce on loose balls to prevent Rutgers from taking off on fastbreaks.

"It wasn't pretty at times, but I thought our guys did a great job of limiting their transition opportunities, getting in and playing good defense," Tillman said. "As the game went on, I thought the wing play, our ground balls in the middle of the field, guys like Greg Danseglio and Isaiah Davis-Allen and Will Bonaparte at the X did a tremendous job, especially in the second half. We kind of flipped the field, and we just got the ball a lot in the second half, and I thought that was a big part of the game."

2) Rutgers on offense. Maryland junior defenseman Tim Muller limited senior attackman Scott Bieda, the Scarlet Knights' leading scorer to zero goals on two shots and two assists, and senior defenseman Matt Dunn (Loyola Blakefield) contained redshirt freshman attackman Adam Charalambides to one goal on eight attempts and one assist. But sophomore attackman Jules Heningburg exploded for four goals and one assist, catching the attention of Tillman.

"Jules Heningburg, you've got to give that guy credit," he said. "He doesn't need much space. And if you watch film, he does that almost every week. He gets little slivers, and he puts them in great spots. Give that guy a lot of credit."

3) Maryland on offense. The Terps' starting midfield of seniors Bryan Cole and Henry West and sophomore Connor Kelly did not register a point, and senior Pat Young (one goal and one assist) was the only midfielder to notch a point. With the midfielders struggling to find daylight, Tillman said the offense elected to initiate from behind the cage.

"We kind of flipped the field, thinking maybe that we could dodge from behind if we didn't have anything and move it up and maybe attack some approaches and if not, move it behind again," he said. "They do a great job of keeping everything tight, and if you don't circulate the ball and move them, there's really not a lot to see. And I thought early, we just settled. We didn't move a lot off-ball, we kind of got stubborn, and we just didn't let the ball do a lot of the work for us. I thought in the second half, the guys were much more patient, moved, possessed, and things started opening up a bit more."

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