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Terps take three individual B1G awards

Matt Rambo saved the best year of his already storied Terps career for his senior season and was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

As great as Matt Rambo has been throughout his entire collegiate career, the star Maryland attackman had his best year as a senior, finishing with 33 goals and 30 assists through 13 games and that success earned him a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and the league Offensive Player of the Year award.

But Rambo was far from the only Terp to have his tremendous play be recognized. Maryland took home three of the Big Ten’s major awards and saw six players received all-league honors. Johns Hopkins also had four members of their team received All-Big Ten honors.

Terps defenseman Tim Muller joined Rambo as a First Team All-Big Ten selection and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. The senior defender started all 13 games on close defense for Maryland and finished with 23 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. He also had some impact on the offensive end, scoring three goals with one assist.

Maryland head coach John Tillman was the league’s Coach of the Year. He was previously the ACC Coach of the Year in 2014. Tillman’s team won the Big Ten regular-season title with a 4-1 league record while remaining top 10 in the national polls all season long.

The third Terp joining Rambo and Muller on the All-Big Ten first team was junior midfielder, Connor Kelly. He scored 28 goals and has 10 assists this season. He scored 15 of his goals in Maryland’s five Big Ten games.

For the Blue Jays, senior defenseman Nick Fields and junior midfielder Joel Tinney earned First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Fields as an honorable mention the last two years but developed into one of the best close defenders in the league as a senior. He started all 13 games this year and came up with 22 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.

Tinney, the 2015 Big Ten Rookie of the Year, was an honorable mention Big Ten selection as a rookie but showed a tremendous all-around game as a junior. He ranked third on the team with 18 goals and 24 points but also led the team with 32 ground balls and had six caused turnovers.

Three more Terps were named to the All-Big Ten second team while two more Blue Jays were on the second team.

For Maryland, senior short stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen, senior attackman Colin Heacock, and junior midfielder Tim Rotanz were all second team honors.

Davis-Allen continued his performance as one of the top short-stick defenders in the country as a senior. He scooped up 35 ground balls and caused two caused turnovers this year. Heacock missed one league game because of an injury but still finished with 14 points in Big Ten play. For the year he has 21 goals and 14 assists. Rotanz had a great year in his first as a starter for Maryland. He totaled 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists. He has four hat tricks on the year, with three coming against Top-10 ranked opponents.

Johns Hopkins junior attackman Shack Stanwick and sophomore attackman Kyle Marr both earned All-Big Ten second tea honors.

Stanwick, a First-Team selection as a sophomore, leads Johns Hopkins with 19 assists and is second on the team with 40 points and 21 goals. His 43.8-percent shooting is also second on the team. He currently has a 46-game goal-scoring streak heading into the Big Ten semifinals.

Marr blew up down the stretch of the season and finished the regular season with a team-high 24 goals and 41 points. His 17 assists are second on the team.

The Big Ten Championships will be played in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State. Maryland will play in the first semifinal game at 4:30 on Thursday, May 4 against Penn State. The Blue Jays will play in the 7:30 pm semifinal on against the host Buckeyes.

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