Senior attacker Megan Whittle racked up five goals as the Terps defeated Michigan 16-9 Thursday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
With these five goals, Whittle only needs 11 more to become the all-time leading scorer in Maryland women’s lacrosse program.
Sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin scored a career-high four goals, and Jen Giles finished with a hat trick. Sophomore defender Lizzie Colson dominated in the center circle with a career-best seven draw controls, and also picked up two ground balls and caused turnovers.
Maryland was shooting right on target from the first whistle all they way to the end. Only a minute after the initial draw, Whittle was on the board after sinking the first shot of the game in the back of the cage.
Just thirty seconds later, the Terps went up 2-0 after Giles scored her first goal, and it was not long before Whittle earned her second goal. Driving through the middle of the Wolverines defense, Whittle launched the ball into the upper right corner for her 40th goal of the season.
Griffin’s score capped off the early four-goal run for the Terps, with her first goal coming from behind the cage.
Despite Taylor’s impressive save on a free position shot from leading-scorer Adriana Pendino, she could not save the first Wolverines goal midway through the first half by Lilly Grass.
The Terps responded with three straight goals, coming from Whittle, Kali Hartshorn, and Giles.
Freshman Wolverine Caitlin Muir, who has scored two goals in four of Michigan’s last five games, broke the Maryland scoring streak, and Molly Garrett followed her up with another goal just over a minute later.
Griffin countered with another goal after beating a Wolverine defender one-on-one from behind the cage.goal from senior attacker Taylor Hensh gave the Terps a 9-4 lead going into halftime.
Picking up right where she left off, Whittle opened up the second half with a free position goal, her 24th of the season.
Though the Terps surrendered a fifth goal to the Wolverines, the two Griffins on the Terps squad answered right back. Brindi Griffin got her third of the game, tying a career-best, while freshman midfielder Grace Griffin earned her first score of the day to give the Terps a 12-5 lead.
After six straight Maryland goals, including Whittle’s fifth and Griffin’s fourth, the Wolverines made a switch at goalkeeper and put Madison Hine in the cage with eight minutes left in the game
The Wolverines finished the second half on a three-goal run but could not overcome the significant lead that Whittle and company established.
The Terps will return home after the road win to face the No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers on Wednesday before hosting Rutgers on Saturday.
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