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John Tillman Has Terps Rolling Again, But Toughest Tests Still Ahead

February 28, 2018
Head coach John Tillman has already earned his spot among the greatest coaches in the history of Maryland men's lacrosse. 

Now, he is in position to further that legacy. 

Last season, Tillman led the Terps to their first national title since 1975. He also became the fastest coach in program history to reach 100 wins after Maryland knocked off No. 17 Penn, 13-6, Feb. 21. Tillman said the players deserve the credit for the program's run of success. 

"It's not one person," Tillman said. "It's everybody else doing such a great job, and I'm lucky to have them. I don't score any goals. These guys do all the hard work, and I'm thankful for them, and I'm thankful for all that they're willing to do for the team and the program."

The Terps are off to another quick start to this season, reeling off four consecutive wins. Maryland faced a surprisingly stern test during a 16-14 victory against unranked High Point Feb. 17. The Terps played better the following game against Penn, but the performance was not up to their high standard. 

"We'll face some adversity, but we'll do everything we can to come back and be better the next time out," junior midfielder Nick Brozowski said after the Penn game. 

Maryland will need that resilience because the road gets tougher during the next two weeks. Maryland hosts No. 8 Notre Dame March 3 and then has a showdown with top-ranked Albany the following week.

As a result, there is no time to bask in the glow of recent success. The Terps are determined to defend their national title and appear to have the personnel to meet that goal. 

Tillman is now 100-29 with the Terps and has already moved past former head coach Dave Cottle for third on Maryland's victory list. Overall, Tillman has gone 120-48 at the collegiate level -- the second-highest winning percentage among active coaches behind the legendary Bill Tierney, formerly of Princeton and now at Denver. 

However, Tillman is just focused on winning games this season. The record book will take care of itself. 

"Candidly, I don't think much about things like this," Tillman said about his place in history. "I'm so lucky to have the job I have."

Other Action

No. 18 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 20 Princeton, 6 p.m., March 3
The Blue Jays (1-2) are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and also boost their RPI ranking with a victory against a Top-20 opponent. Johns Hopkins is led by junior attackman Kyle Marr, who has four goals and four assists. 

No. 9 Loyola at Holy Cross, 4 p.m., March 3
The Greyhounds (2-1) can improve to 2-0 in the Patriot League with a victory against the Crusaders, who are just 1-3 on the season. Junior attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) has been dominant for Loyola with five goals and six assists. 

UMBC at Towson, noon, March 3
The Tigers (1-2) fell out of the Top 25 after losing at home to Georgetown. UMBC (1-2) has also struggled after knocking off No. 20 Richmond in the opener. This is a key game for both teams to get back on track. 

Navy at Bucknell, 1 p.m., March 3
The Midshipmen (2-2) shook off an early-season slump with two straight victories. Navy can improve to 2-0 in the Patriot League with a victory against the Bison, who are 3-1, but coming off a conference loss to Colgate. Bucknell still got votes in this week's Top 25. 

Mount St. Mary's vs. VMI, noon March 3
The Mountaineers (1-4) will try to bounce back from a 16-6 loss to red-hot and No. 17 Georgetown Feb. 27. It was the first game this season the Mountaineers did not score in double-digits. 

D-III

No. 15 Stevenson vs. No. 6 Gettysburg , 7 p.m., March 3
The No. 15 Mustangs (0-1) dropped their season-opener, 11-10, to visiting Denison. The schedule doesn't get any easier against the Bullets, who beat then-No. 1 Salisbury, 11-10, in double overtime last week and improved to 3-0.

No. 3 Salisbury at Ohio Wesleyan, noon, March 4
The Seagulls (3-1) fell from the top spot in the rankings with a rare setback against Gettysburg. It was Salisbury's first loss since April 14, 2017. The Seagulls now have a tough road test against the Battling Bishops (2-1), who are a perennial NCAA Tournament team. 

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