Terps Lax Picks Up Big 2017 Commitment


Apr 19, 2014; South Bend, IN, USA; Maryland Terrapins attack man Matt Rambo (15) midfielder Connor Cannizzaro (23) and midfielder Mike Chanenchuk (1) celebrate after a goal by Cannizzaro in the fourth quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Arlotta Stadium. Maryland won 12-8. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

In some news that may have flown under the radar this past weekend, the Maryland men’s lacrosse program secured a big commitment.

2017 defenseman Peyton Bogard committed to the Terrapins Thursday night after his unofficial visit.

“I went to their prospect day during my summer in ninth grade and I was on their list from then on,” Bogard told TerrapinStationMD. “Former Maryland defender Brian Cooper hooked me up with the Maryland coaches for the first time at the Maverick Showtime, and from there they increased their interest. They continued to watch over the past couple opportunities. They started to get more serious, and when they saw me at Lake Placid and we began talking.”

” On my visit, I got to hang with the teammates and watched them scrimmage.” Bogard said. “When I visited Loyola on Saturday and Cornell on Monday, I liked a lot of things about both schools. But I felt that Maryland was the right school for me.”

Bogard is a reliable defender that can help Maryland create a more dynamic attack, starting with their defense.

“The coaches want me to become a big transition player. I think the more I improve, the better I can speed up their pace of play. I play very fast and hard.” One thing about Bogard is his dedication to improve and determined mindset. Bogard believes he’s “more of a conservative defender. Over time, I can become a reliable defender and I’m working hard to keep improving my overall game.”

Bogard added that he will “probably come to a football game and some scrimmages. We have a tournament with my Thunder team in Maryland, I’ll definitely try to swing by.”

Bogard also said that coach John Tillman and his staff made him fall in love with Maryland even more.

“I love Coach Tillman, definitely one of my favorite coaches. Coach Conry was the first coach I talked to, he’s hilarious. I’ll never forget the first time he called me, he said “What up dog, this Peyton?” He’s a really funny guy, and Mr. Tillman is more like my travel coach, he’s an awesome guy and was an important factor in my decision, but he also didn’t pressure me at all with my decision.”

This is a commitment that solidifies Maryland’s future as the Terps defense has been very strong in recent years. With Bogard on board, Maryland is getting a great defender. Look for the Terps to continue to add playmakers like Bogard in future classes.