Maryland Terrapins men's lacrosse

The Maryland Terrapins men's lacrosse team represents the University of Maryland in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I lacrosse as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Maryland was a founding member of the Atlantic Coast Conference before withdrawing after the 2014 season.

Maryland Terrapins
men's lacrosse
Founded1924 (varsity); 1895 (club)
UniversityUniversity of Maryland
Head coachJohn Tillman (since 2011 season)
StadiumMaryland Stadium
(capacity: 54,000)
LocationCollege Park, Maryland
ConferenceBig Ten
ColorsRed, White, Black, and Gold[1]
Pre-NCAA era championships
(9) – 1928, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1967
NCAA Tournament championships
(3) – 1973, 1975, 2017
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
(11) – 1971, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
(26) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
(38) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
(42) – 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Conference Tournament championships
(6) – 1998, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2016, 2017
Conference regular season championships
(35) – 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Since 1924, Maryland has secured numerous national championship honors, including three NCAA tournament championships, eight Wingate Memorial Trophy titles and one United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association championship.[2] They have reached 25 NCAA tournament semi-finals since 1971. Maryland is the only major college lacrosse team to have never finished a season with a losing record.[3] The team is currently coached by John Tillman.

Johns Hopkins, located nearby in Baltimore, is considered the Terrapins' biggest rival. The two schools have played more than 100 times since the series began in 1895,[4] and it is widely consided the greatest rivalry in college lacrosse.[5][6] In 2015, the rivalry became a conference game, as Johns Hopkins joined the Big Ten Conference as an associate member in men's lacrosse.


The Maryland program started as a club team in 1895. During its early years, Maryland teams competed against the best in lacrosse with games on record against Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Navy, Harvard, Cornell and others.

The team was elevated to varsity status in 1924. Since then, Maryland has never finished with a losing record, a feat unmatched by any other major college lacrosse team.[3] The Terrapins have finished four seasons with a winning percentage of .500.

Under the guidance of coach R. V. Truitt, Maryland entered the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse League (USILL) in 1924. In its first contest in the association, it snapped Navy's 46-game winning streak and then beat undefeated Johns Hopkins, the Southern Division championship team, 42.[7] The following season, Maryland captured the Southern Division title by beating the Doug Turnbull-led Hopkins squad, 31.[7]

In 1926, the USILL was succeeded by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), which did not have a limitation on the number of member schools.[8] For the next five decades, Maryland remained a national power, alongside Johns Hopkins, Navy, and St. John's.[8] The dominance of these four schools located in the state of Maryland was due in large part to the high caliber of the sport at the interscholastic level. Lacrosse was the preeminent spring sport at the public Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Baltimore City College, as well as the city's private high schools.[8] The importance of lacrosse was magnified by the lack of any major professional teams in Baltimore until the creation of the Colts in 1947 and the return of the Orioles in 1954.[8]

Maryland finished the 1928 season with a 91 record, the loss coming at the hands of Johns Hopkins. Three other association members finished with one loss: Hopkins, Navy, and Rutgers. The four squads were awarded Gold Medals as the best teams in the nation.[8] That year, arrangements were made for the inclusion of a lacrosse exhibition at the 1928 Summer Olympics. American Olympic Committee president General Douglas MacArthur established a committee to organize the country's participation in the lacrosse event. Representation of the United States was determined by a tournament of intercollegiate and amateur teams that involved Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, Army, Navy, and the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club. Maryland advanced to the final, where they were defeated by Hopkins in front of 15,000 spectators.[9] In 1929, the undefeated St. John's Johnnies handed Maryland its first homefield loss in thirteen years.[10]

Before the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, lacrosse proponents arranged for another exhibition tournament. To decide the representative for the United States, the American Olympic Lacrosse Committee held an eight-team single-elimination tournament featuring Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, St. John's, Rutgers, Crescent Athletic Club, Mount Washington Lacrosse Club, and an all-star team composed of American Indian players from the Six Nations. Maryland defeated Mount Washington at Baltimore Stadium in front of 6,000 spectators in a doubleheader that also featured Johns Hopkins narrowly beat St. John's. In the semifinals, a small crowd of 500 watched Maryland beat the Crescents and Hopkins beat Rutgers in foul rainy weather. Hopkins defeated Maryland in the final before a crowd of 5,000 to secure their place as the United States representatives for the Olympics.[11]

In 1936, Maryland coach Jack Faber guided the undefeated Terps to secure the inaugural Wingate Memorial Trophy, awarded to the USILA champions.[10] The next year, Maryland finished undefeated again and shared the national co-championship with William F. Logan's Princeton.[10] Faber led Maryland to back-to-back outright USILA titles in 1939 led by Jim Meade and Rip Hewitt, and in 1940 led by Milton Mulitz and Oscar Nevares.[12]

In 1955 and 1956, co-head coaches Faber and Al Heagy guided the Terrapins to two more undefeated seasons and consecutive national championships.[13] Maryland split the USILA championship with two other one-loss teams, Army and Johns Hopkins, in 1959.[13]

In 1967, Maryland suffered one loss to Navy, that decade's dominant team, but Hopkins in turn defeated the Midshipmen which resulted in a three-way tie for the championship between the trio.[13]

On March 29, 2009, the Maryland–Virginia regular season match resulted in the longest lacrosse game in NCAA history, extending into seven overtime periods. An unintentional whistle by the officiating staff negated what would have been a game-winning goal by Terrapins attackman Grant Catalino in the first overtime. Virginia went on to win with a goal in the seventh overtime, 10–9, and preserved its perfect record, 11–0, while Maryland slid to 6–3.[14]

In 2011, Maryland defeated first-seeded Duke to recapture the ACC tournament championship after a six-year hiatus. Attackman Grant Catalino was named the tournament MVP.[15]

On May 29, 2017, Maryland defeated 3rd-seeded Ohio State to win its third NCAA national championship (12th overall) and end the national title drought that began after its last championship in 1975.


Since 1922, a total of 124 first-team All-American honors have been bestowed upon Maryland players. Six Terrapins have received All-American honors each of their four years: Charles Wicker (1953-56), Frank Urso (1973-76), Bob Ott (1976-79), Bob Boniello (1977-80), Peter Worstell (1977-81), and Joe Walters (2003-2008).[16] Frank Urso is one of just four college men's lacrosse players to be named a first-team All-American all four years.[2]

In 2017, Matt Rambo was the first Maryland men's player to receive the Tewaaraton Award for the best men's collegiate lacrosse player in the country.


Coaching records
Head Coach Wins Losses Ties
R. V. Truitt2281
Jack Faber264
Al Heagy215
John Howard3271
Bud Beardmore9026
Dino Mattessich2615
Dick Edell17176
Dave Cottle9945
John Tillman11534


National championships

Starting in 1926, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) began rating college lacrosse teams and awarding gold medals to the top teams. Maryland was the recipient of one of these in 1928, alongside Johns Hopkins, Navy, and Rutgers, all of whom suffered just one regular season collegiate defeat.[8] From 1936, the USILA awarded the Wingate Memorial Trophy to the regular season intercollegiate champions. In 1971, the National Collegiate Athletic Association began hosting a men's lacrosse tournament to determine the national champions.[2]

Year Type Coach Record
1928USILA Gold Medal (with Johns Hopkins, Navy, and Rutgers)Jack Faber9–1
1936USILA ChampionshipJack Faber & Al Heagy7–0
1937USILA Co-Championship (with Princeton)Jack Faber & Al Heagy7–0
1939USILA ChampionshipJack Faber & Al Heagy6–1
1940USILA ChampionshipJack Faber & Al Heagy10–0
1955USILA ChampionshipJack Faber & Al Heagy11–0
1956USILA ChampionshipJack Faber & Al Heagy10–0
1959USILA Co-Championship (with Army and Johns Hopkins)Jack Faber & Al Heagy10–1
1967USILA Co-Championship (with Johns Hopkins)John Howard8–1
1973NCAA Tournament ChampionshipBud Beardmore10–0
1975NCAA Tournament ChampionshipBud Beardmore8–2
2017NCAA Tournament Championship John Tillman16-3

Conference regular season championships

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1955Atlantic Coast ConferenceJack Faber & Al Heagy11–02–0
1966John Howard9–13–0
1972Bud Beardmore8–22–0
1985Dick Edell7–52–1
2003Dave Cottle12–42–1
2013John Tillman10–42–1
2015Big Ten Conference15–44–1

Conference tournament championships

The Atlantic Coast Conference has held a men's lacrosse tournament since 1989. The Big Ten Conference began hosting a men's lacrosse tournament in 2015.

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record Tournament record
1998Atlantic Coast ConferenceDick Edell14–33–02–0
2004Dave Cottle13–33–02–0
2011John Tillman13–41–22–0
2016Big Ten Conference15–25–02–0

Season Results

The following is a list of Marylands's results by season as a NCAA Division I program:

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Bud Beardmore (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1970–1980)
1971 Bud Beardmore 9-41-12ndNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1972 Bud Beardmore 8-22-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
1973 Bud Beardmore 10-03-01stNCAA Division I Champion
1974 Bud Beardmore 8-23-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1975 Bud Beardmore 8-21-13rdNCAA Division I Champion
1976 Bud Beardmore 10-12-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1977 Bud Beardmore 8-23-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
1978 Bud Beardmore 9-24-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
1979 Bud Beardmore 9-24-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1980 Bud Beardmore 5-53-1T-1st
Bud Beardmore: 84-2226-3
Dino Mattessich (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1981–1983)
1981 Dino Mattessich 9-52-23rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1982 Dino Mattessich 8-52-23rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1983 Dino Mattessich 9-52-12ndNCAA Division I Final Four
Dino Mattessich: 26-156-5
Dick Edell (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1984–2001)
1984 Dick Edell 7-41-23rd
1985 Dick Edell 7-52-1T-1st
1986 Dick Edell 10-32-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1987 Dick Edell 12-13-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
1988 Dick Edell 6-41-23rd
1989 Dick Edell 10-43-01stNCAA Division I Final Four
1990 Dick Edell 7-51-23rd
1991 Dick Edell 10-51-23rdNCAA Division I Final Four
1992 Dick Edell 9-52-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1993 Dick Edell 6-60-34thNCAA Division I First Round
1994 Dick Edell 7-61-2T-3rdNCAA Division I First Round
1995 Dick Edell 12-42-12ndNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1996 Dick Edell 10-32-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
1997 Dick Edell 11-51-23rdNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1998 Dick Edell 14-33-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
1999 Dick Edell 9-41-2T-3rd
2000 Dick Edell 11-61-23rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2001 Dick Edell 13-32-1T-1stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Dick Edell: 171-7629-25
Dave Cottle (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2002–2010)
2002 Dave Cottle 9-41-2T-2nd
2003 Dave Cottle 12-42-11stNCAA Division I Final Four
2004 Dave Cottle 13-33-01stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2005 Dave Cottle 11-61-23rdNCAA Division I Final Four
2006 Dave Cottle 12-52-12ndNCAA Division I Final Four
2007 Dave Cottle 10-61-23rdNCAA Division I First Round
2008 Dave Cottle 10-62-12ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2009 Dave Cottle 10-72-11stNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
2010 Dave Cottle 12-41-2T-3rdNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
Dave Cottle: 99-4515-12
John Tillman (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2011–2014)
2011 John Tillman 13-51-2T-2ndNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2012 John Tillman 12-61-2T-3rdNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2013 John Tillman 10-42-1T-1stNCAA Division I First Round
2014 John Tillman 13-44-11stNCAA Division I Final Four
John Tillman (Big Ten Conference) (2015–Present)
2015 John Tillman 15-44-1T-1stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2016 John Tillman 17-35-01stNCAA Division I Runner-Up
2017 John Tillman 16-34-11stNCAA Division I Champion
2018 John Tillman 14-44-11stNCAA Division I Final Four
2019 John Tillman 12-53-2T-2ndNCAA Division I Quarterfinals
John Tillman: 122-3828-11

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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