The No. 1-ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated Ohio State at home 18-9, Saturday on Senior Day.
Thanks to stellar scoring performances from attacker Megan Whittle and freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn, the Terps were able to pull away from the Buckeyes to win their final regular season home game.
Prior to the start of the game, the team honored seniors Caroline Wannen, Bairre Reilly, Zoe Stukenberg, Lindsay Biondi, Nadine Hadnagy, Emily Kift, Theo Kwas, Deb Milani and Morgan Torggler for their contributions to the program.
“They are all each fantastic women and it’s been so cool to be a part of their journey through their four years here at Maryland,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “Each of them has such a different role on our team, but they’re all such great people.”
After the senior ceremony, the Terps started out the game against Ohio State looking sluggish. In the fourth minute of the first half, midfielder Sage Darling broke free and scored to give the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead.
It did not take long for the Terps to respond, however. Attacker Megan Whittle evened up the score when she scored after breaking through the Buckeyes defense with great footwork and a spin move. Whittle would go on to score again only three minutes later.
The Terps continued to dominate most of the period. By the end of it, they had an 11-4 lead over the Buckeyes.
Although Maryland outscored and outshot the Buckeyes in the first half, it struggled to win the draws. The Terps usually dominate that stat line, but by the end of the half Ohio State, had nine draw controls, while Maryland only had seven.
Coming out into the second half, the Terps looked unorganized on both ends of the field. The offense was not able to finish its shots and the Terps went nearly 10 minutes without scoring. Then, Ohio State midfielder Mackenzie Maring scored to cut Maryland’s lead to 11-5.
After Maring’s goal for the Buckeyes, the Terps offense finally began to click in the second half. The team managed to score three goals in the span of three minutes, the first coming from Wannen.
“I don’t think we shot our best today,” Wannen said. “We had a lot of pipes and a lot of missed goals, but we just kept battling through it.”
A few minutes after the Terps scored, Ohio State was able to stop the run, scoring two goals to make it 14-7.
About a minute after that, the Terps went on a four-goal scoring streak. Hartshorn scored three goals in under five minutes while senior Bairre Reilly also contributed a goal.
The Buckeyes managed to score two quick goals near the end of the game, but even with those goals, the Terps still won handily, 18-9.
Whittle and Hartshorn finished the game with four goals each, while Wannen scored two goals and had three assists. Stukenberg also had two goals and Jen Giles had a goal and three assists.
“We had a lot of different scorers and lots of people assisting and that’s how we want out offense to be run,” Reese said. “We want the offense to be very well-balanced.”
The Terps remain unbeaten in the regular season at (15-0). They will play against fellow Big Ten team No. 6 Penn State on the road on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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