COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland men’s lacrosse seniors Jake Bernhardt, Joe Cummings and Drew Snider were selected in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse Draft Friday night.
The Hamilton Nationals selected Bernhardt with the 12th overall selection, while the Rochester Rattlers took Cummings with the 17th pick. The Chesapeake Bayhawks picked Snider with the 45th selection.
Bernhardt, from Longwood, Fla., is a solid two-way midfielder who has been a staple in the Terps’ top two midfield lines the past three seasons. For his career, Bernhardt has totaled 32 goals, including four game-winners, and added seven assists for 39 points. He has scooped up 46 groundballs and also has faced-off for the Terrapins. Bernhardt is a two-time winner of the team’s “Be The Best” Award for strength and conditioning.
Cummings, from Towson, Md., came to Maryland out of Loyola Blakefield as an attackman, but has played most of his college career in the midfield. He has totaled 55 goals, including six game winners, and 11 assists for 66 points. Enjoyed a tremendous 2011 season that saw him earn third team All-America honors after scoring 27 goals with five assists. Cummings’ junior season saw him score four goals in Maryland’s 12-7 win at Virginia and add another four in the overtime game vs. Johns Hopkins. He scored three goals, including the game-winner in the semifinal victory over Duke at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and added an assist in the Terps’ NCAA tournament run.
Snider, from Seattle, Wash., is a fifth-year senior who has blossomed into a productive offensive producer for the Terps. After missing the 2009 season due to injury, Snider returned in 2010 to score eight goals and five assists and was named the winner of the team’s Dan Snyder Award as the most improved player. He continued that production as a junior in 2011, scoring 17 goals, including the now famous hidden-ball play from Maryland’s 13-6 win over North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and adding three assists.
Maryland men’s lacrosse is set to open its season on February 18 when the Terrapins will host Hartford, the defending MAAC champions. That game is currently set for a 1 p.m. start at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Season tickets are currently on sale at umterps.com.