May 2, 2012

Maryland Midfielder Jake Bernhardt to Redshirt

by Corey McLaughlin | | Twitter

Maryland senior midfielder Jake Bernhardt will not compete in any remaining games and will redshirt the season, Terrapin head coach John Tillman announced Wednesday.

The move preserves a year of eligibility for Bernhardt, who will return to the Terps as a fifth-year senior next year.

Bernhardt suffered a shoulder injury in Maryland's scrimmage at Loyola on Feb. 4 and underwent surgery to repair the damage. The Longwood, Fla., native returned to practice in a limited capacity in late April.

The Terps had hoped to bring Bernhardt back this season, but Tillman said in mid-February that the team could consider redshirting him if needed. Jake's younger brother, Jesse, a starting defender, is a junior and will also return.

"We're in a weird spot where, if it goes too long, eventually we would have to make a decision," Tillman said. "Do we bring him back this year or do we just save him and have him back next year?

"Having his brother here is kind of an interesting dynamic. He certainly would have no problem with that," Tillman added.

Jake Bernhardt started all 18 games on the first midfield line for the Terps in 2011, helping the team win the ACC tournament championship and earning a berth into the NCAA championship game. He finished the season eighth on the team with 18 points and sixth in goals with 15.

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