Maryland Whipsnakes LSM Stephen Zupicich

Film Study: Stephen Zupicich could bring Ehrhardt-like ability to Whipsnakes

By Adam Lamberti | May 29, 2024

No PLL draft prospect raised their stock more this past spring season than Maryland Whipsnakes third-round selection Stephen Zupicich.

While Zupicich was a key contributor throughout his four years at Ohio State, he showed what he could bring to the table as the unquestioned starting long-stick midfielder during his graduate season at Villanova.

After earning no major accolades during his time as a Buckeye, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound LSM was a consensus 2024 second-team All-American across most media publications. Zupicich led the entire nation with 51 caused turnovers and averaged 3.69 ground balls per game, as well as chipping in five points (4G, 1A). 

Not only do his stats pop off the page, but he also has all the physical tools to become a starting LSM in the PLL.

A key part of being a successful LSM in the pro ranks is goal-scoring ability, which is even more important for the Whipsnakes with the retirement of five-time All-Pro Michael Ehrhardt.

Zupicich can bring absolute heat to the table. For example, this rocket against Navy:

A lot of players in the league can finish an open step-down, but Zupicich has shown some offensive-midfield-like cut and finish ability.

This is important because with a quicker shot clock, having an LSM who can stay on and play immediate early offense is such a plus. Ehrhardt stayed on a ton for the Whipsnakes offensively, and Zupicich could be deployed in a similar role.

Overall, Zupicich is a well-rounded LSM. He can score, pick up ground balls off the wing, and is a capable defender who can cause turnovers. His game against Drexel back in March is a good example of his skillset.

Looking back on it, I was remiss to not include Zupicich in my “Five LSM prospects who could replace Michael Ehrhardt” story published in early April. He’s an intriguing prospect at a position of need for the Whipsnakes.

The great thing about Zupicich is that he’s improved each year of college lacrosse. He has the physical tools to be successful at the next level. The question now becomes: Will he take another step?