Redshirt junior Lucas Gradinger, who was competing for a spot on Maryland's starting midfield, will not play this spring. Gradinger has stepped away from the program, coach John Tillman said Wednesday morning. Tillman said he hopes Gradinger will return to the Terps, who are ranked No. 2 in the preseason Maverik media poll, in the fall and have two years of eligibility remaining. "We welcome him back," Tillman said. "We're excited about him coming back." Gradinger had six goals and three assists as a member of the second midfield a year ago, running alongside then-redshirt sophomore Tim Rotanz and Pat Young, who has since graduated. Gradinger was competing to join junior Connor Kelly on the first line, but the field was crowded as senior Ben Chisolm (South River), junior Christian Zawadzki and freshmen Jack Wilson and Jared Bernhardt were vying for playing time. Tillman said even attackmen such as sophomores Louis Dubick and Timothy Monahan and freshman Steven Shollenberger could play in the midfield.