Junior midfielder Jen Giles carries the ball against UNC. Giles scored three goals in the Terps' 16-15 loss in overtime (Maryland Athletics).

No. 4 Terps return home to face UMBC

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team is looking to bounce back after suffering their first loss in 57 regular season games to No. 8 UNC when they return home to host University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Wednesday.

The Terps (2-1) will enter this game ranked No. 4 according to Inside Lacrosse, falling from the top spot after losing 16-15 in overtime to the Tar Heels on Saturday.

Junior midfielder Jen Giles was among seven Terps to score multiple goals with a hat trick in the second half, but the Terps ultimately gave up the winning goal to UNC senior midfielder Marie McCool in the first minute of the overtime period.

The Terps capitalized on the Tar Heels foul trouble throughout the game, scoring nine goals on free position shots. However, they forfeited a two-goal lead late in the second half, giving both freshman attacker Jamie Ortega and senior Ela Hazar goals to send the game to overtime, which led to McCool’s winning goal.

“You’re obviously never happy with a loss, but I thought this was an outstanding early season game with a great deal of intensity,” said head coach Cathy Reese.

UMBC (3-0) is coming off a dominating 21-9 win against VCU on Saturday, with the Retriever defense and senior goalkeeper Kelsey Major only allowing two VCU goals in the second half.

This marks the third straight game that the Retrievers have held their opponents to under 10 goals, including a 16-3 win over LIU Brooklyn and a 9-8 victory at Mount St. Mary’s.

Sara Moeller, a junior attacker, led the team with six goals and six assists, including two back-to-back goals to close out the first half. Moeller has nine goals and seven assists on the season, leading the Retrievers with 16 total points.

Senior midfielder Caitlin Miller got the Retrievers off to a quick start, scoring only 10 seconds after the first draw of the game and followed that goal up with another only 12 seconds later into the game. Miller finished the game with a hat trick, three groundballs and caused three turnovers for UMBC.

Terps’ sophomore attacker Karli Hartshorn, who finished with 11 draw controls against UNC, will face tough competition off the draw with Miller and senior midfielder Carolyn Jamison, who both earned 7 draw controls against VCU.

Maryland and UMBC last met two years ago, when the Terps defeated the Retrievers 14-7 thanks to senior attacker Megan Whittle’s hat trick and Taylor Cummings five points. Maryland leads the Retrievers 10-0 in their matchup history.

Game action will take begin Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex or can be streamed live on BTN Plus.

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.