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8 Maryland women’s lacrosse players earn All-Big Ten honors

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

NCAA Lacrosse: Women’s Lacrosse Championship-Maryland vs Boston College Chris Bergmann-USA TODAY Sports

Eight Maryland women’s lacrosse players were named to the 21-member All-Big Ten team on Thursday, by far the most in the conference and tying the program record.

The list (unanimous selections italicized):

  • Senior attack Caroline Steele
  • Senior midfielder Jen Giles
  • Graduate midfielder Erica Evans
  • Senior defender Julia Braig
  • Senior defender Shelby Mercer
  • Senior goalie Megan Taylor
  • Junior attack Kali Hartshorn
  • Junior defender Lizzie Colson

Giles, Braig and Taylor all made the team for the third time in their careers. The trio, along with Hartshorn, earned Tewaaraton nominations last week. Giles leads Maryland with 50 goals, 21 assists and 71 points. Braig, the league’s reigning Defender of the Year, anchors a Terps defense ranked No. 2 in the country. Taylor’s .574 save percentage leads the country, and her career year has been highlighted by winning six straight Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week awards.

Steele has only played in 13 of Maryland’s 17 contests, but still has 36 goals to her name. Hartshorn has filled up stat sheets with 38 goals, 52 points and 114 draw controls. Evans has come on strong as of late, and is coming off a six-goal breakout last weekend against Johns Hopkins. Colson and Mercer have been stalwarts on defense all year, with Mercer leading the Terps in caused turnovers (13) and Colson leading in ground balls (28).

No. 1 Maryland (17-0, 6-0 Big Ten) opens its postseason Friday at 5 p.m. ET against Penn State, with the title game set for noon Sunday. The Big Ten will release its individual season awards Monday.

In other news

Men’s lacrosse had a short stay in the Big Ten tournament, falling to Johns Hopkins by five goals for the second time in six days.

Men’s basketball officially lost assistant coach Kevin Broadus to Morgan State.

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Here’s a look at football’s potential defensive depth chart, based on observations from spring practice.

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Thanks to its national championship in men’s soccer, Maryland is tied for third in the men’s Capital One Cup standings through the winter.