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Postscript from Albany at Maryland men's lacrosse

Circling back on Three Things to Watch from the Albany-Maryland men's lacrosse game.

No. 10 Albany’s visit to No. 6 Maryland Wednesday night didn’t end well for Scott Marr, but returning to College Park still revived memories for the Great Danes coach.

From 1995 to 2000, Marr was the offensive coordinator for the Terps under coach Dick Edell. The program advanced to three NCAA Division I tournament finals during Marr’s tenure there, and spending time in College Park brought back many good feelings.

“We won some major games here,” he said after Albany’s 10-7 loss to Maryland. “We played in three national championship games with Coach Edell. Just the Maryland family alone when I was here was just so special to me and my wife [Traci]. My son Kyle and my daughter Jordyn were both born in Maryland. It was really special. I didn’t think I was going to be as overwhelmed as I was, to be honest.”

During halftime of Wednesday’s game, the Terps honored Edell. Marr stayed out on the field to watch the tribute for his mentor and to talk to him afterward.

“It was great,” Marr said. “On my bye week last week, I came down to watch my son play [at Johns Hopkins] and had a chance to go out to Coach Edell’s house with Kyle and my wife and see Coach Edell at his house and have dinner. So that was really nice. It was great to be back here. This was six wonderful years of my life and being with him was awesome. It was great to see him. I’m glad they did a tribute for him tonight and that I got a chance to see him on the field. That was really special for me. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity he gave me to coach here and to grow my career.”

Circling back to Three Things to Watch

1) Continue to diversify the offense. Six different players scored goals for Maryland (4-2), and two more players recorded at least one point. Four players scored two goals each, and senior midfielder Bryan Cole – who posted two goals and one assist – said contributions from multiple players makes the offense more difficult to predict.  

“It’s tremendous,” he said. “We have a lot of guys that can play and we have a lot of guys that can threaten a defense. We’ve had a lot of guys staying after and working hard, shooting extra shots, working with the coaches, doing whatever they need to do on weekends, days off, whatever it may be to be the best player they can be. … It’s really great to see that we have a lot of offensive weapons.”

2) Take advantage of sizable advantage on faceoffs. Maryland should rise from its No. 22 ranking after freshman Austin Henningsen won 16 of 20 draws and scooped up 10 ground balls. Henningsen, who was aided by redshirt senior long-stick midfielder Greg Danseglio (four ground balls), junior short-stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen (two) and freshman short-stick defensive midfielder Wesley Janeck (two), gave the offense multiple possessions and opportunities. In Albany’s two losses, the team has lost 36-of-47 faceoffs, which is a source of frustration for Marr. 

“We were playing catch-up the whole game,” he said. “We were playing defense. That first quarter, we played probably 10, 11 minutes of defense. We gave up four goals, but we’ve got to find a way to win some faceoffs. When we had the ball, we did a pretty decent job on offense.”

3) Frustrate Albany’s offense. Maryland’s sizable advantage on faceoffs kept the pressure on the Great Danes’ defense and the ball away from the offense, which took a season-low 23 shots. Terps sophomore defenseman Mac Pons (Boys’ Latin) limited sophomore attackman Justin Reh (seven goals and five assists) to just one assist, and junior defenseman Tim Muller gave up just two assists to sophomore attackman Connor Fields, who entered the contest as the team’s leader in assists (nine) and points (17). Redshirt junior attackman Seth Oakes led Albany (3-2) with three goals while being shadowed by senior defenseman Matt Dunn (Loyola Blakefield), but Maryland coach John Tillman praised Dunn, who played just his third game of the season.

“I thought having Matt Dunn back was just enormous,” Tillman said. “He covered Oakes and even though he scored three goals, there were a lot of things that Matt does to police the defense and get them organized. And having Matt there allows everybody else to get in the right spots. I thought the other guys, [senior long-stick midfielder] Mike McCarney, Mac Pons and Timmy Muller and Segs [redshirt senior long-stick midfielder Greg Danseglio] and [sophomore defenseman] Bryce Young, they’re doing a great job there as well, but Matt kind of makes it all work. That was the most he’s played, and we certainly needed him tonight.”

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