For the sixth time in a row, Maryland women’s lacrosse goalie Megan Taylor has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
This time around, she was awarded for her standout performances against then-No. 8 Virginia and then-No. 7 Michigan, games in which Maryland won by 10 and 11 goals, respectively. Taylor allowed just nine goals combined for the week, saving 19 shots for a .678 save percentage.
On the year, Taylor has a 6.86 goals against average, tops in the nation. And while the defense has been incredible this season, the senior goalie has been on another level. She’s saved 61.4 percent of the shots she’s faced, and the next highest in the country sits at 56.1 percent. She’s the biggest reason why the No. 2 Terps are still undefeated through 14 games, and a Final Four appearance seems to be this team’s destiny.
On the men’s side of the sport, the success continues for the Terrapins. They are currently ranked No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll with a 9-2 record, and following a 16-12 win over Michigan on Saturday, they were rewarded with a pair of weekly awards.
Junior Jared Bernhardt was named the co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week—the first of his career—for his five-goal, three-assist showing against the Wolverines in the win. The attacker attack has been the leader of the Terps’ offense thus far, pacing the team with 35 goals and 57 points.
Faceoff specialist Austin Henningsen was dominant as usual against Michigan, tying his career high with 22 faceoff wins to earn Big Ten Specialist of the Week. It’s the second honor this season for the senior, and he now has five weekly awards for his career. With a .645 faceoff winning percentage, Henningsen ranks ninth in the country.
The women’s team will be back in action on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at Northwestern, while the men will travel to Rutgers for a Sunday night game at 7 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
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