Tillman puts it all together for Maryland

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Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

How did Maryland go from a postseason underachiever to a postseason overachiever?

The simple answer is John Tillman, the first coach in NCAA history to take two unseeded teams to the Final Four, doing so in his first two years in College Park.

When Tillman guided a loaded, senior-heavy, unseeded Terps squad to the NCAA finals last year, it appeared a case of a talented team finally getting in synch with its new coach and playing to its potential.

This season, however, has been a better example of the coaching ability of Tillman, who had to break in three first-year starters at close defense and two starting attackmen, in addition to juggling a revamped midfield after losing senior Jake Bernhardt (shoulder) for the season.

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Kevin Dunleavy

Staff writer - sports
The Washington Examiner