Junior midfielder Jen Giles in the 2017 NCAA Championship game. Giles scored three goals in the Terps' 16-15 loss to UNC (Maryland Athletics).

No. 1 Maryland falls to No. 8 UNC in overtime

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team had seven players score multiple goals when they travelled to play No. 8 North Carolina on Saturday, but it was not enough as the Terps (2-1) fell 16-15 to the Tar Heels in an overtime thriller.

UNC (3-1) scoring started and ended with senior midfielder Marie McCool. Leading the Tar Heels in scoring and draw controls, she was able to earn the first draw control of the game and capped her day off with the winning goal on Maryland goalkeeper Megan Taylor within the first minute of overtime.

In only the third minute of play, freshman midfielder Ally Mastroianni was able to get the first goal of the game for UNC, beginning the scoring in this offensively dominated game.

Striking right back for the Terps was sophomore attacker Karli Hartshorn, as she scored off of a Maryland draw control and assist by junior attacker Caroline Steele. Both Hartshorn and Steele finished the game with two goals each.

The Tar Heels were able to once again take the lead with a second goal from Mastroianni following a Maryland turnover and the first of 4 goals from freshman attacker Jamie Ortega with an assist by Katie Hoeg. Ortega assisted McCool’s overtime goal and finished with 4 goals on the day.

As Maryland’s offense pressured the Tar Heels’ defense, UNC struggled to stop the Terps without fouling. Senior attacker Megan Whittle was able to capitalize on the foul by the Tar Heels with a goal on a free position shot and only a few minutes later assisted a goal by freshman Grace Griffin in the 21st minute.

With the game tied at three a piece, the Terps then took a 7-3 lead with four straight free position goals. The Terps six-goal run prompted UNC to make a change at goalkeeper, as redshirt freshman Taylor Moreno replaced sophomore Elise Hennessey after the Terps took a 6-3 lead.

The Tar Heels responded with their own run, scoring the next three goals, to come within two of the Terps. Maryland added two goals by junior midfielder Meghan Siverson and Whittle, but the Tar Heels were able to close out the first half with a goal to bring the score to 9-8.

McCool came out fighting in the second half, winning the draw control and scoring a goal within the first minute to tie the score.

Maryland and North Carolina’s offenses went back and forth for the majority of the second half, but Maryland was able to hold onto a one or two-goal lead. UNC had 28 total fouls on the day, 17 of those coming in the first half alone. Maryland went 9-11 on free position opportunities. Junior midfielder Jen Giles scored a hat trick solely in the second half, including a free position goal to give the Terps a two-goal lead late in the second half.

With only four minutes left in the game, Ortega was fouled inside the Maryland arc and took advantage of the rare free position shot with a goal to bring the Tar Heels within one.

As Maryland was passing and eating away at the clock, the UNC defense forced a turnover, and after a goal by senior Ela Hazar with 22 seconds left, the game was headed to overtime.

UNC was able to win possession off the draw and only 43 seconds into overtime, Ortega found McCool on the inside, who then launched a shot right past Taylor to win the game and snap the Terps’ 24-game win streak.

The Terps will look to bounce back Wednesday when they return home to host UMBC at 7 p.m.

Hannah Fields

Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.
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Hannah Fields is a journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Hannah is a beat writer for The Left Bench and has covered various sports such as men's soccer, women's lacrosse and wrestling. She is also involved with The Left Bench TV and other publications on campus.