UM's Yeatman has MRI on ankle; results encouraging
Junior attackman Will Yeatman underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his sprained right ankle Monday, and the results were positive, according to Terps coach Dave Cottle.
"The MRI came back yesterday that it was just a sprained ankle and a bone bruise in the [right] knee," Cottle said just a few hours before Maryland plays host to Binghamton. "That was a little reassuring. But he won’t play today."
Cottle said Yeatman, who ranks second on the team in assists (13) and points (26), suffered the injury when he fell down the stairwell at his apartment complex last week. Yeatman did not play in the No. 15 Terps’ 10-9 loss to No. 10 Johns Hopkins at the Smartlink Day of Rivals at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday.
Asked if Yeatman could return for the ACC tournament on April 24, Cottle said, "I would say that would be a realistic goal."
Cottle also said that a decision on whether to redshirt junior defenseman Brian Farrell (Boys’ Latin) due to cracked ribs and a collapsed lung is expected soon.
Maryland’s three-game losing streak has saddled the team with a 6-5 record and dredged up speculation that the Terps will need to beat No. 9 North Carolina in a semifinal match at the ACC tournament to cement an invitation to the NCAA tournament. (Maryland has wins against two likely tournament participants in the Tar Heels and No. 8 Duke.)
"We have right now what looks to be two wins against the field," Cottle said. "I don’t think any team has not made the tournament with three wins against the field. So if we could get three wins against the field, that would increase our chances. ... We feel it’s important to win the rest of our games, and we’re going to start with today. I think there’s a lot of games left to be played. Hopefully, we can get on a little bit of a roll here. But obviously, the more games we win in the ACC tournament, the better it is for us."