The Terps were raining in goals on Wednesday night when they hosted No. 24 Georgetown and will be looking to carry over their offensive dominance when they take on the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn was pivotal in getting the 17-5 win over the Hoyas, scoring four goals and tying the team’s best with junior attacker Caroline Steele, and earning 10 draw controls. Her dominance in the draw circle left her just one short of tying her career-high of 11. Hartshorn leads the Terps in draw controls on the season with 56 and brought her goal total to 14 on Wednesday.
Another player that earned her 14th goal of the season against Georgetown is freshman attacker Grace Griffin. As a freshman starter, Griffin has posted back-to-back games with multiple goals, scoring four against No. 4 James Madison and three against the Hoyas.
As the opposing defenses apply more pressure to offensive weapons like senior attacker Megan Whittle and junior midfielder Jen Giles, Griffin has been afforded more shot opportunities and has become an integral part of the Terps offense.
Though Whittle was relatively quiet on Wednesday night with two goals, she is on her way to making Maryland women’s lacrosse history. Against JMU, Whittle scored a hat trick and became only the second player ever to earn 250 career goals. Whittle only needs to score 16 goals in the remainder of the season to surpass Jen Adams as the leader in all-time scoring for the Maryland women’s program.
Whittle and the Terps (9-1, 1-0 B1G) are returning to their conference slate after playing three straight games against ranked non-conference opponents, including No. 4 JMU and No. 6 Penn.
After defeating both opponents in the span of three days, Whittle was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association National Player of the Week and the Terps swept the Big Ten Weekly honors. Whittle was also named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, goalkeeper Megan Taylor was the Defensive Player of the Week, and Griffin took Freshman of the Week.
Taylor had only five saves against the Hoyas, as a large portion of Georgetown’s shots were not on goal, but accumulated 25 saves in the Terps’ wins over Penn and JMU.
The Terps and Wolverines (5-6, 1-1 B1G) have only met three times in the program’s history, and Maryland has won all three, most recently a 20-7 victory in College Park.
The Wolverines are no stranger to facing ranked opponents, including a 3-16 loss to current No. 1 Stony Brook. Maryland will be their fifth opponent ranked in the top-20, and third Big Ten matchup so far this season. The Wolverines defeated Ohio State, 9-7, on March 18 but fell 7-16 to the No. 12 Northwestern Wildcats.
Following the loss at Northwestern, the Wolverines bounced right back with a win over Detroit Mercy on Sunday. Graduate student Bianca Brueckner scored a career-high six points on Detroit Mercy, tying for third in most points scored in a single game at Michigan. Brueckner is second in points for the Wolverines with 19.
Leading the team is junior attacker Adriana Pendino, who has 25 goals and two assists and scored five points against Detroit Mercy.
The Wolverines’ defense is led by junior Madison Richardson with 17 caused turnovers and 19 groundballs, but junior Maggie Handlan was the difference-maker against Detroit Mercy with a career-high three caused turnover and two groundballs.
Grace Griffin is not the only freshman in the Big Ten playing above their experience-level. Freshman attacker Caitlin Muir had to sit out the first three games of the season due to an injury but made up for lost time by scoring two goals in all but one of MIchigan’s last five games.
She currently has 15 points on the season and sits right behind sophomore midfielder Chandler Kirby on the Wolverines scoring chart.
The Terps and Wolverines will begin action at the U-M Lacrosse Stadium at 3 p.m. and can be watched live on the Big Ten Network.
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