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5 Terps Win Gold in Lacrosse Championship
With five former University of Maryland players leading the way, Team USA won its second consecutive title in last summer’s World Lacrosse Men’s Championship, besting Canada, 10-7.
Defense shined on the way to a 7-0 tournament record, anchored by captains Jesse Bernhardt ’13 and Michael Ehrhardt ’14, and Matt Dunn ’16. Bernhardt led the U.S. with 10 caused turnovers, while Ehrhardt, the 2018 World Championship MVP, recorded a pair of goals, four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Terps were also key to Team USA’s offensive efforts. Matt Rambo ’17 finished fifth on the team in points (14) and goals (nine). Connor Kelly ’18 totaled seven goals and nine points, earning Team USA’s “Guy of the Day” Award after his four-goal, one-assist performance against Israel.
Other Terps who stood out on the World Championship field included Drew Morris ’21, M.S. ’22 (Team Israel), Thomas O’Connell ’19 and Donovan Lacey ’23 (Team Puerto Rico), and Dan Morris ’17, M.S. ’18 (Team Philippines).
Shortstop Becomes UMD’s Highest MLB Draft Pick
The Chicago Cubs selected junior shortstop Matt Shaw No. 13 overall in July’s 2023 MLB draft, making him the highest pick in UMD history.
The 2023 Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American passed John Hetrick, who was taken No. 17 by the Detroit Tigers in 1967.
Shaw this year batted .341 with 24 home runs, 90 hits and 69 RBIs and set Maryland’s career homer record with 53. That earned him the 2023 Brooks Wallace Award from the College Baseball Hall of Fame, which goes to the nation’s top shortstop.
“I’m just lucky to have gone to the right place, ended up with the right coaches, the right players, and I was the right fit there,” he told MLB Network.
Shaw was the first of seven 2023 Terp draft picks, with Luke Shliger, Jason Savacool, Nick Lorusso, Nigel Belgrave, Nick Dean and Tommy Kane also being selected.
The draft success followed a historic UMD season, with the Terps repeating as Big Ten regular-season champs and winning their first conference tournament. Maryland (42-21) tied for its second-most wins in a campaign, breaking single-season records for runs (578), hits (684), walks (385) and RBIs (552).
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