- Sep 21, 2011
I agree with you that Maryland will take a step back, but they are taking a step back from an undefeated, national championship team. One has a pack of top teams that are pretty close, and I choose to go with UMd. Certainly, Tillman has shown an ability to keep the Terps up there near the top.As much as Maryland has earned the benefit of the doubt I can't in good conscious put them at #1 when you look at what they lost from an offensive standpoint. Goalie and FOGO are in outstand shape and D returns a good amount but man Wisnauskas, Khan, DeMaio, Fairman, Donville is a ton to lose before even adding in Rahill, Prybylski, and Puglise. The cupboard is definitely not bare with Makar, Long, Maltz, Kelly, Malever, Murphy, Wierman, and young guys like Spanos etc but I don't care how good a coach you are, you lose that many stars your taking a step back. Maryland has also been pretty quiet (for their standard) in the portal which is a bit surprising to be honest. Perhaps they have something up there sleeve but I though Dordevic or the dude from Lehigh would have both fit in perfectly.
Good news for them is they should clearly be the head of the class for the B10. RU will take a step back if not several, PSU and Hop have good O players coming in but will likely need another year or 2 to get fully up to speed and Michigan is Michigan. OSU has done a real nice job in the portal but FOGO and Offense are major question marks.
I think you need to separate out the long pole discussion. The Terps return 2 starters: Makar and Zappitello who were both All-Americans, along with starting LSM Geppert an HM All American. The Terps have 2 UA AAs: AJ Larkin and Will Schaller, along with 1st team Post All-Met in George Stamos coming in as freshman. Colin Burlace, an UA AA last year, was getting his feet wet this spring, and Jack McDonald played well in a reserve role for the Terps.