The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team will travel to Syracuse, New York on Sunday to face off against No. 8 Syracuse, their third ranked opponent this season.
The Terps (4-1) are reeling off two back-to-back wins over UMBC and a 17-10 win over Hofstra, where five Terps scored multiple goals.
Senior attacker Megan Whittle leads the Terps with 23 goals this early into the season and in only five games has jumped to No. 2 on Maryland’s all-time goal ranks. Whittle needs only 32 to pass Jen Adams, who tops the ranks with 269.
Whittle and sophomore defender Lizzie Colson were both honored for their performances against Hofstra and named the Big Ten Offensive and Defensive players of the week, respectively. This is the second time that Whittle has been given this honor this season.
Colson helped the Terps defense hold Hofstra to only 10 goals, despite efforts from freshman midfielder Katie Whelan and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Parrella. The two accounted for eight of the Pride’s 10 goals.
Terps’ junior goalkeeper Megan Taylor tallied a season-high 13 saves and was crucial in stopping Hofstra’s late comeback attempt.
Sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin also posted a new record against Hofstra with her first multiple-goal game in her career by scoring a hat trick solely in the first half of the game.
The Terps’ and the Orange’s offenses are among the best in the nation, with Syracuse leading with 18.75 goals per game and Maryland sitting at fourth with 17.40 goals per game.
Maryland has defeated Syracuse in 21 of their 22 meetings, including last year’s 17-7 win in College Park. Whittle scored seven goals, a career best at the time, and Taylor set a career record with 18 saves.
The Orange (4-1) most recently took down No. 4 Florida 17-15 on Wednesday, whom the Terps defeated 16-14 this season.
Junior attacker Nicole Levy paved the way with four goals but it was a balanced scoring attack that earned the win for the Orange. Eight different Syracuse players scored, including three players with hat tricks.
Levy has the second-most goals on the season with 12, trailing sophomore attacker Emily Hawryschuk who has 15. Levy scored two goals and Hawryschuk scored four in the Orange’s 17-16 loss to Virginia last Sunday.
Sophomore goalkeeper Asa Goldstock also had a strong day in the net with a season-high 14 saves.
Both teams are ranked in top five nationally for free position percentage and top ten for goals and shots per game. The Terps are ranked first for free position percentage with 66.7% and Whittle leads the nation in free position goals per game.
The Terps and the Orange will meet in a top-ranked clash at the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 1 p.m.