Jared Bernhardt was one of the most talented sought-after recruits prior to his arrival at Maryland.
On Tuesday, the freshman midfielder was named as the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. Bernhardt registered a career-high four points with three goals and an assist in a win over Michigan this past Saturday.
Penn State goalie Colby Kneese was also named the conference’s Co-Freshman of the Week. Ironically, the duo will do battle when the Terrapins host the Nittany Lions this coming Saturday.
Bernhardt has registered at least one point in every game this season. He currently has 13 goals and six assists in eight games this year.
Bernhardt came to College Park with a tremendous pedigree. His brothers Jake and Jesse also starred at Maryland and went on to play professional lacrosse.
According to Inside Lacrosse, the Florida native was rated as the third-best recruit in the entire country in the 2016 class. Bernhardt was rated second among midfielders.
Bernhardt scored 236 career goals and dished out 198 assists during his time at Lake Brantley (Fla.). The dynamic midfielder was also an Under Armour All-American.
During his senior year at the high school level, the Terp registered an impressive 56 goals and 59 assists.
Bernhardt has been a huge part of Maryland’s success so far this season. The midfield was viewed a position of question coming into the year due to the loss of Bryan Cole.
Bernhardt has really helped stabilize it along with Connor Kelly.
The star freshman will continue to get more comfortable in the offense and produce eye-popping numbers. With the kind of depth that the Terps have, it certainly wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Maryland playing on Memorial Day weekend once again.