Maryland women’s lacrosse commemorated senior day with an easy 18-9 victory over Ohio State. The No. 1 Terps stay undefeated, improving to 15-0.
Megan Whittle was on her game today, scoring four goals including a hat trick in the first half. She now has 50 goals on the season, which is still 26 away from her career high set last season.
Kali Hartshorn was the Terps other prime scorer, also scoring four goals. She has 15 goals in her last three games and 38 total, continuing a strong freshman campaign.
Caroline Wannen and Zoe Stukenberg celebrated senior day with strong performances, scoring two goals each, while Wannen also registered 3 assists. She now has 51 points on the season, almost evenly split between goals and assists.
Six other Terps got on the scoreboard, including senior Bairre Reilly who started along with other seniors. Jen Giles and Caroline Steele scored their 26th and 27th goals, respectively, and Taylor Hensh, Kacie Longo and Brindi Griffin got in on the action too.
Megan Taylor and Emily Kift split goalkeeper duties, allowing Kift to get playing time on senior day. Taylor allowed four goals on eleven shots-on-goal, while Kift surrendered five on eight shots-on-goal.
While Maryland was in control in the first half, the team struggled at times in the second. The Terps’ first goal after halftime came over 10 minutes in after stalling to start. They still outscored Ohio State 7-5 in the half, but it wasn’t as dominant a performance as the first.
The Terps had more scoring opportunities than the Buckeyes throughout the game. Maryland lead total shots 45-21. Despite being outscored by nine, Ohio State still had more saves than Maryland, which shows how dominant the Terps offense was all day.
Next up, Maryland heads to State College to face No. 6 Penn State on Thursday.
Three Things to Know
- Home Dominance. This senior class ends its runs with a 36-0 regular season home record over the past four seasons. While the team will play the Big Ten tournament and some NCAA tournament games at home this season, an undefeated regular season home record is as impressive as it gets.
- Maryland’s workload eases up. The Terps just finished a stretch of nine games a month, averaging about two games a week. Now, they only have two games remaining over the final two weeks until the Big Ten tournament begins on May 5.
- Maryland’s defense was suffocating, again. While it’s offense has been powerful, Maryland’s defense continues to confuse opponents. Molly Wood and Bailey Parrott, who have combined for 68 goals this year, only managed one goal between them. The Terps defense continues to be the scariest and most dominant part of the team.