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Maryland women’s lacrosse continues dominance with 18-11 win over Syracuse

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The Terps picked up a convincing road win over a top-10 foe.

NCAA Lacrosse: Women's Semi Final-Maryland vs Syracuse Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland traveled up to New York on Sunday to face off against former conference foe Syracuse. Despite a slow start brought upon by a physical Orange defense, the Terps continued their dominance, winning 18-11 in convincing fashion, and they’ve now won 22 of 23 meetings.

Senior attacker and captain Taylor Hensh had her best performance of the year thus far, pouring in four goals on just six shots. On a day where Megan Whittle was held in check, Hensh’s performance cannot be understated in its importance.

Caroline Steele had a great day of her own with six goals. She had been quiet in recent games, but the junior found a way to break through and help penetrate Syracuse’s defense. Kali Hartshorn, who had been quiet in recent contests, had three second-half goals to help put the game away late.

Neither defense let up in the first seven-plus minutes of the contest, but it was Sam Swart putting the home team on the board to start things off. But as they’ve done all year, the Terrapins went on a run to take a lead. Hensh scored her eighth goal of the season just 46 seconds later to tie things up, and Giles and Megan Whittle added two within a minute to take a 3-1 lead, one they would never relinquish.

Nicole Levy cut Syracuse’s deficit to one with her 13th on the year, but Megan Taylor and the Terrapins defense didn’t budge. After holding strong for four minutes, Hensh came through again to extend the lead. Steele’s hat trick and Hensh’s third goal of her own allowed Maryland to take an 8-4 lead into the break.

Any worries of the Terrapins letting Syracuse back into the game were squashed immediately. Giles scored her second goal of the game just two minutes into the second half, and that was soon followed up by Hensh and Steele continuing their great days.

Swart and Molly Carter went back-to-back to make the score 11-6, but Maryland went on a big run to put the game away for good. The team added five goals in six minutes, headlined by two scores from Hartshorn and capped off by Whittle. Syracuse fought back to cut the lead to seven, but Maryland pulled away late to secure the win.

Maryland won’t play again until the weekend with a battle against in-state opponent Johns Hopkins on tap for Saturday at noon ET.

Three things to know

1. The offense got back on track. In last week’s game agaisnt Hofstra, Maryland struggled mightily with efficiency. This time out, the Terps scored 18 goals on 33 shots, a great improvement from that previous performance.

2. Megan Taylor had another good game. By no means was she perfect, and she received a lot of help from her terrific defense, but Taylor stopped eight shots en route to a Maryland blowout win. As long as Taylor keeps up the strong play, this will be a tough team to beat.

3. Time for an in-state showdown. Although Maryland will technically stay on the road for its upcoming game against Johns Hopkins, Terps fans are sure to flock north to Baltimore for Saturday’s game. It’ll also be Maryland’s Big Ten opener.