Lacrosse Injury Updates on Brian Farrell and Brian Phipps

From the faceoff blog of Edward Lee in the Sun:

It sounds like junior Brian Farrell will return to his previous position as the Terps’ long-stick midfielder after dabbling with a close defenseman’s position this past spring. Coach Dave Cottle didn’t go as far as to confirm that move, but his comments seem to suggest that sophomore Brett Schmidt, who moved from long-stick midfielder to close defenseman when Farrell was lost for the season after suffering rib and lung injuries just three games into the year, will remain in that position. Farrell will likely return to his old spot.”I think Brian will be a guy that we use on faceoffs and play some down low, but he’ll also play some pole because he’s really dangerous going from defense to offense,” Cottle said, adding that the school plans to help Farrell apply for a medical redshirt that will give him two more seasons of eligibility. “Not only is he a good defender, but he also will help us in transition.” I spoke with Farrell’s younger sister (already committed to Maryland for Women’s lacrosse) at the Under Armour and she also believed that Brian will be ready for 2010.

“Cottle also said that junior goalkeeper Brian Phipps is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on June 16. Although recovery usually takes about 12 months, Cottle said Phipps tore the ACL in his right knee in August of his senior year at Severn and was ready for season opener. “We hope that he will be ready,” Cottle said.

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