Junior defenseman Curtis Corley contributed to a defensive effort that allowed the No. 2 Maryland men’s lacrosse team to surrender only five goals to then-No. 15 Michigan on Saturday, which was more than six goals below the Wolverines’ average. Corley – who has started all nine games for the reigning NCAA champion Terps (8-1, 1-0 Big Ten) along with sophomore defenseman Jack Welding and senior goalkeeper Dan Morris – has seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers this spring. He shared his perspective on the defense’s play against Michigan and his reputation on Maryland as one of the strongest players on the roster.
Curtis, as a defense, what did you guys do to Michigan to limit them to five goals and particularly to shut them out for the last 25 minutes of the game Saturday?
[Assistant] coach [and defensive coordinator Jesse] Bernhardt, he put together a really good plan. We knew what we had to do out there as a defense. I think we got really good play out of Dan. He had, I think, 10 saves in that game, and he bailed us out when he needed to. And we got really good play out of [senior defenseman] Bryce Young, who limited his matchup to nothing. That was really good. I think we got a good effort out of everybody down there on the defense. It was a good step for us to take in the right direction.
Speaking of personal matchups, you limited [Michigan freshman attackman] Kevin Mack to one assist and zero goals. He was the team’s leading player in assists. What did you do against him to limit him?
I did a lot of work throughout the week, going in and watching my film. We had one of our guys go down on scout team. [Junior attackman] Louis Dubick, he went down there and basically tried to mimic everything that No. 12 had to do, and I think that he gave me a really good look throughout the week, and I think he did a really good job on scout team.
What does it mean to you to be a two-year starter on this defense?
It means a lot. Maryland has that defensive mindset. It’s a really big tradition here to have a really good defense, and Coach Bernhardt talks about it a lot. We like to boast ourselves on our defense. Just getting out here at this university and being able to start here for two years, it really means a lot to me. Hopefully, I can keep it going for another year.
How does it feel to be known as, pound for pound, the strongest player on the roster?
I think it’s kind of cool. It’s just my work ethic in the weight room, just lifting the weights whenever I can. I’ve tried to pull along some of the weaker guys on the team and see what they can do and pull out what they can do to make them the best and make our team the best. I think it’s kind of funny whenever you hear it from the announcers that I’m, pound for pound, the strongest kid on the team. I think it’s just kind of a funny thing that they throw in there now.
Finally, what are you lifting these days?
Bench is around 315 [pounds], squat is around 600, and dead lifts are pushing 650-ish.