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Maryland's Farrell has a new appreciation for practice

Brian Farrell is no Allen Iverson.

No, this is not a comparison of Farrell’s cross-over dribble with that of the former Philadelphia 76er’s nor is it a commentary on Farrell’s pull-up jumper.

Rather, the Maryland redshirt junior long-stick midfielder is not like Iverson in that Farrell actually enjoys going to practice. It’s an appreciation gained when his 2009 season was cut short after three games by an unusual injury.

In the second game of the season against Air Force, Farrell absorbed a stick check to the right side of his chest. The pain was tremendous and did not subside during the team’s flight back from Florida.

He played against Georgetown, but during a practice prior to Duke, Farrell said he almost passed out trying to complete a sprinting drill. Further examination revealed that he was suffereing from a cracked rib that that pierced a muscle near his lung. The punctured muscle released two liters of blood internally.
“It was a miserable experience,” Farrell recalled Tuesday. “Terrible in every single way that you can think of with being injured, being in the hospital, having to watch your teammates play and you can’t do a thing about it. But at the same time, it’s been a blessing in disguise. I get another year of  school, I’ve got two more years [of eligibility] left with a great nucleus of upperclassmen. As much as it killed me not being to help out the team, I’ve been able to get through the injury and get back to my level of play this year.”

Farrell has registered two goals and four assists this season, ranking first on the team in caused turnovers (15) and second in groundballs (31). Farrell said as much as he looks forward to games, he has actually begun to enjoy going to practice, which is usually considered an exercise in monotony by players in many sports.

“Sometimes when you’re in practice, you’re thinking, ‘Man, this sucks. I don’t want to be here at all. I hate lacrosse. I can’t wait for this to be over.’ But when you take a year off, you appreciate that sport so much because you’re not doing anything,” Farrell said. “You want to be out there, and you’re thinking, ‘I don’t care if I get yelled at 100 million times. I need to be out there and helping out the team as much as I can.’”
Posted by Edward Lee at 9:00 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Maryland


BL product...go figure! Brian was taught to play how he practiced. His Dad was no slouch in practice either. A lot of Maryland attackmen and midfielders from that era still wear the scars. GO TERPS!

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