The Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 24 Georgetown Hoyas, 17-5, as Kali Hartshorn led on the draw and on the Terps scoring attack.
“The draw is always a pivotal part of the game,” Hartshorn said.
The sophomore attacker won 10 draw controls and also scored four goals against the Hoyas as the Terps rolled to 9-2.
“She’s so good at what she does,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “She dominated the center circle tonight…and also on the offensive end. She had a great game all the way through.”
Reese credits much of the offensive success to Hartshorn’s domination in the draw circle that led to more possessions, and was pleased with the ball movement and reduction of turnovers from the offense.
“When you can limit turnovers and maintain possession, and fight to get the ball back even when you make a bad pass, I think that’s somewhere that we want to be offensively,” Reese said.
It wasn’t until there were ten minutes left in the first half that Georgetown earned their first draw control, as they were playing without their leader at the draw, junior Francesca Whitehurst due to an injury.
Junior attacker Caroline Steele scored the first goal of the night and finished the with four goals, after posting a hat trick in the 15-12 win over No. 4 James Madison last Saturday.
Hartshorn followed up with her first of four goals after winning on the draw, but it was not long until the Hoyas tied it up with a goal from sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch.
Overcoming a “flat start,” according to Reese, the Terps scored the next six goals of the game and took a commanding 8-2 lead with ten minutes left in the first half. Senior attacker Taylor Hensh started the run off for the Terps, while Hartshorn, Griffin and Steele scored their second goals.
Griffin scored a hat trick on the Hoyas after posting a career-high four goals and one assist when the Terps took on JMU, showing her evolution as a key part of the Terps’ attack.
“I give so much credit to my teammates in helping me get open,” Griffin said. “I think knowing your role on offense and working together and getting used to playing with everyone has really helped.”
The Hoyas’ leading scorer Taylor Gebhardt broke the scoring drought with just over two minutes left until halftime. It was two straight goals for the Hoyas after the seal was broken by Gebhardt, but the Terps brought their lead back to five with Steele’s third goal.
Hartshorn opened up the scoring in the second half by completing a hat trick. The Hoyas started getting into foul trouble and at one point had two players sitting out on yellow cards. Playing a man-up, the Terps scored two and forced a change at goal for the Hoyas, substituting sophomore Micheline DiNardo in for junior Haelle Chomo.
Despite the goalie change, the scoring streak did not slow down for the Terps. Giles scored her first goal of the night and took a ten-goal lead after Hartshorn scored her fourth.
Junior goalkeeper Megan Taylor had a quiet night, not making her first save of the night until the thirteenth minute of the second half.
Georgetown scored their first goal of the second half at the 11-minute mark on a free position shot, but the Terps answered right back with a goal from junior midfielder Meghan Siverson to maintain a 16-5 lead.
The Terps gradually started substituting starters out late in the second half, giving many younger and inexperienced Terps the chance to get minutes on the field, including freshman attacker Maggie Root who scored her second career goal and the final goal of the game.
“It’s great as a coach when you get to give people experience,” Reese said. “I have a young team… This was a good opportunity tonight and I think our players who came off the bench did a great job at responding.”
The Terps will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday to take on the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten matchup at 3 p.m. and can be watched live on BTN.
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