Following a senior day victory over Rutgers on Friday, the No. 2 Terps will go on the road to take on No. 20 Princeton on Tuesday, and the game will be aired on ESPNU.
Thanks to a career-high five points from sophomore Brindi Griffin and three goals from attackers Caroline Steele and Kali Hartshorn, the Terps (12-1, 3-0) took down Rutgers by a score of 14-9 as they honored their eight seniors.
The senior class holds a 78-3 overall record, including an undefeated streak at home, as well as two National Championships. Senior attackers Megan Whittle and Taylor Hensh scoring a combined three goals, and Whittle came even closer to getting her name in the history books.
To become the all-time leading scorer in the program’s history, Whittle now needs only four more goals to eclipse Jen Adams’ 267 total career goals. Her final goal against Rutgers marked 50 goals for the Terps’ leading scorer this season.
Whittle may have started the scoring for the Terps against Rutgers, but it was Griffin and Hartshorn who paved the way to the Big Ten win. Griffin, for the second game in a row, scored five points off three assists and two goals, while Hartshorn tied with Steele with three goals in addition to her nine draw controls.
Hartshorn has been dominant in the center circle for the Terps and earned a season-high 11 draw controls against North Carolina Feb. 24 while also adding 22 goals.
Meanwhile in the cage, junior goalie Megan Taylor came in 19 minutes into the game against Rutgers and shut down the Scarlet Knights offense. She made seven saves within 41 minutes of play and is a crucial part of the Terps defense that has held opponents to under 10 goals in six of the last seven games.
The Princeton Tigers (6-4, 2-1) will be looking for their third straight win as they host the No. 2 Terps after facing Delaware and Harvard in back-to-back road victories.
Freshman midfielder Elizabeth George tallied a career-high five goals in the Tigers’ 20-15 win at Harvard, bringing her point-total to 19 on the season, the fourth highest for the Tigers.
Another freshman leading the way for the Tigers, midfielder Kyla Sears was right behind George with four goals and three assists. Sears leads Princeton in scoring with 33 goals and 13 assists, and sophomore Tess D’Orsi and junior Kathryn Hallett trail Sears with 24 and 21 points, respectively.
The Terps have taken the last 12 meetings between the two programs and lead the series overall 30-8. Last season’s matchup was an 18-12 home win for then-No. 1 Maryland over then-No. 7 Princeton, in which Hartshorn and Whittle finished with five goals each.
Game action between the Tigers and Terps will start at the Sherrerd Field at 6 p.m. and can be watched on ESPNU with John Brickley and Sheehan Stanwick Burch on the call.