Strength: Defense and goaltending. Poles Michael Ehrhardt, Goran Murray and Jesse Bernhardt are formidable, while goalie Niko Amato can shut the door. The Terps rank No. 5 in team defense.
Weakness: Attack. Archbishop Spalding grad Kevin Cooper (17, 17, pictured) has made the tricky transition from midfield to attack, but the other Terps have combined for only 13 assists. Jay Carlson (St. Paul’s) and Owen Blye must emerge in May. New “timer on” rules prevent Maryland from stalling their way to the final four again.
X-factor: Power outage in College Park. Through the first six contests of 2013, the Terps averaged 15 goals per game. In their past six games, that total has slumped to 7.6. Colgate’s matador defense on Saturday is just what the doctor ordered.
Notable: Maryland hasn’t won an NCAA title since 1975.
Bracketology: If the Terps beat Colgate, they should be seeded in the Nos. 5-8 range, meaning they’ll host in the round of 16.