Maryland's Brian Farrell out this weekend
Terps coach Dave Cottle confirmed this morning an earlier report that junior defenseman Brian Farrell will not play in No. 8 Maryland's game against No. 14 Duke in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium tomorrow after a chest injury worsened yesterday.
Cottle said that Farrell, whose status was first reported by Insidelacrosse.com, was admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center and had two liters of fluid drained from his lungs. Farrell, who stayed at the hospital last night, is expected to remain there until Saturday at the earliest.
Farrell, who suffered what Cottle called a "sternum/rib injury" in the Terps' 15-4 win against Air Force Feb. 14, played in Saturday's 13-10 loss to Georgetown, but his condition began to worsen on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"When we were running sprints, he couldn't do them," Cottle said. "He couldn't catch his breath, and that's when we knew something was wrong."
Cottle declined to speculate as to when Farrell might return to the team, saying, "That's more of a doctor's call than mine. I don't think it's a season-ending injury, but depending on where the tube went into his chest to drain him, an infection could be a question mark. So that will depend on how quickly he comes back and how soon everything heals."
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Farrell has started all three games this season and has registered three points on two goals and an assist. He is tied for second on the team in caused turnovers (four) and tied for third in groundballs (nine).
Cottle said 6-4, 190-pound junior Dan Halayko will likely replace Farrell in the starting lineup against the Blue Devils tomorrow.