Maryland women’s lacrosse’s 20-5 throttling of Ohio State on Sunday saw Megan Whittle pass Jen Adams to stand alone with the program record for career goals.
Whittle, who entered the contest tied for the record, used a hat-trick to cement her name in Terps’ history. She now has 270 career goals, making her fourth all-time in women’s college lacrosse.
Third place on the list currently belongs to Penn State’s Marsha Florio with 271; Whittle’s nearly guaranteed to pass her in the next game, averaging nearly four goals a game. History’s out of contention, though, with Stony Brook’s Courtney Murphy overtaking Temple’s Gail Cummings’ record of 289 earlier this season. However, with two games left in the regular season and the entirety of the postseason ahead, it’s not unreasonable to wonder where Whittle will land in history.
Assuming Maryland doesn’t go one-and-done in the Big Ten Tournament—its coming off back-to-back tournament crowns—the Terps should have at least five games. That number goes up to eight if Maryland reaches the finals of both the conference and NCAA tournaments.
After her last hat trick, Whittle’s averaging 3.73 goals per game through 15 games. If Maryland plays just five, which would require the Terps to win the Big Ten tournament and be upset in their first NCAA tournament game, Whittle would add 18 goals at her current rate. That would put her at 288, one less than the previous scoring record.
It depends on how long Maryland’s postseason goes, but Whittle has a shot at 300 when it’s all said and done. Six games at her current rate would give her 22 more (292 total), seven would make 26 (296 total) and eight games—a run at a repeat—at this scoring rate would give her 29 more goals (299 total). If you do the actual math with decimals, eight games at her average is actually 29.86 scores, which could be rounded up to 30, giving her 300 career goals.
All that to say this: I’m just saying there’s a chance.
In other news
Kevin Anderson is officially done as Maryland’s Athletic Director. The school announced his resignation on Friday, ending his “sabbatical.” The Terps will start a national search for a new one in the coming weeks.
Saturday saw football return to College Park for the first time in months, with the ones, predictably, wreaking havoc on the twos in the annual Spring game. There wasn’t much to learn, strategy-wise, but two things stood out: a deep running back rotation and the makings of an improved defense.
Football also picked up its third 2019 commit on Saturday, with three-star receiver Ahmarean Brown committing shortly before the game.
Men’s lacrosse squeaked out its own Sunday matchup with an 11-10 win over No. 8 Rutgers. The Terps are ranked No. 1 by Inside Lacrosse and came in at No. 2, second to only Albany, in the Championship Committee’s initial top-10 RPI rankings Sunday night.
It was a rough weekend on the diamond for the Terps, with softball getting swept by Indiana and baseball dropping both in a weather-shortened series against Michigan.
I also updated our grad transfer tracker, along with some new names the Terps have been linked to.
D.J. Moore is in high demand heading into the NFL Draft, and has visits scheduled with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots before April 26, from The Baltimore Sun.