Yeatman joins Maryland lax program

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Just got off the phone with a Maryland spokesman, who confirmed attackman Will Yeatman will be on the field when the Terps’ lacrosse team practices in another couple hours.

While news of Yeatman’s transfer slipped out late last month, the final processing of the decision was wrapped up today.

Yeatman, you might remember, played both football and lacrosse at Notre Dame, but was suspended in the fall of 2007 for an underage drinking arrest, though no charges ever came of it. He sat out last year’s lacrosse season after an operating while intoxicated arrest in January 2008.

At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds (and with 21 goals and 25 assists in 2007), he gives Maryland perhaps the nation’s most imposing unit of attackmen, joining Ryan Young, Grant Catalino and Travis Reed. Yeatman has two years of eligibility left, while the other three are sophomores, so this group could be prolific for some time.

No word yet on whether the California native might play tight end for Maryland, though that couldn’t happen because of NCAA transfer rules until 2010 at the earliest, anyway. I’ve heard nothing to suggest that will happen, but it’s wise never to discount any possibility in College Park.

Still, he will be a factor for the Terps in lacrosse this spring, and even with a rebuilt defense, Dave Cottle’s team has a chance to be very, very good in the coming months. Yeatman’s addition makes Maryland even better.

Patrick Stevens

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