Maryland defenseman Bryce Young, pictured taking a shot against Navy in the 2017 season opener, made his first start of 2018 against Penn on Wednesday after missing the first three games.
Maryland defenseman Bryce Young, pictured taking a shot against Navy in the 2017 season opener, made his first start of 2018 against Penn on Wednesday after missing the first three games. (Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

Bryce Young was happiest about the No. 3 Maryland men’s lacrosse team’s 13-6 victory over visiting Penn at Maryland Stadium on Wednesday. That he made his first start of the season and contributed to that win was sort of a bonus.

“I was just really happy to be back with the guys down on the defensive end,” the senior defenseman said. “It was a great team win. I think we played well as a team.”

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Young — who had started all 19 games for the Terps, who captured the NCAA Division I championship — had missed the team’s first three games because of an unspecified injury that had him using crutches on the sideline in the season opener against Navy. Young didn’t discuss what ailed him, but said he did not feel as if he had suffered a setback.

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“The injury is good to go,” he said. “I’m feeling good. It’s day by day, but it felt really good to be back out on the field.”

Coach John Tillman had said Monday that he would not be averse to playing Young against Penn — instead of reserving him for March 3, when No. 8 Notre Dame visits — if the defenseman had been cleared by the medical staff to return. Young was happy to make an earlier appearance rather than waiting an additional 10 days.

“I was excited more than anything,” he said. “I sat out the first three games, and it was kind of eating at me. I was just super-excited to be back with the guys.”

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