Video: Get to Know Maryland's Jesse Bernhardt
As top-ranked Maryland prepared this week for its rivalry showdown with Johns Hopkins on Saturday, LaxMagazine.com visited College Park, Md., to get to know one of the nation's finest and most impactful players: Terps' long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt.
The second and final round of additions to the Tewaaraton Award Watch Lists were announced Thursday, but Bernhardt has long been in consideration for the award. The senior is one of the most dynamic players in the country, helping the Terps to consecutive national title games.
The long-stick dual threat currently has 38 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers, three goals and two assists in nine games in 2013.
Bernhardt, along with his brother and Maryland fifth-year senior Jake Bernhardt, are Florida natives with football backgrounds, having played at Lake Brantley High in the football-mad state. Their father, Jim, is a long-time football coach and currently on the football staff at Penn State, and Jesse has considered using a fifth year of athletic eligibility to play football for the Nittany Lions.
"I've taken that football mentality... into the lacrosse world," Jesse Bernhardt said. "I think that's what really separates me the most."