The Maryland women’s lacrosse team will travel to Columbus, Ohio to face the Buckeyes for its last road game of the regular season on Sunday.
The Big Ten matchup will be the second game of the week for the Terps (13-1, 3-0) after a comeback victory at Princeton on Tuesday. Junior midfielder Caroline Steele and senior attacker Megan Whittle scored hat tricks, and senior attacker Taylor Hensh scored two straight goals to win the game for the Terps.
In both the first and second half, the Terps were down four goals and faced their largest deficit of the season. They went into the second half down 4-7 but slowly fought their way back to tie and eventually take the lead over the Tigers thanks to the comeback efforts of Steele, freshman Grace Griffin and Hensh.
Hensh scored her second free position shot with only 46 seconds to go in the game, giving the Terps an 11-10 win over the No. 19 Tigers.
Whittle’s hat trick put her in the Maryland women’s lacrosse program history books, as she tied Jen Adam’s all-time record of 267 career goals and now needs one more goal to become the leading scorer in program history.
Junior goalie Megan Taylor made her second-most saves against Princeton, 12, and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after her performances against No. 6 Virginia and Rutgers the previous week. This was Taylor’s second time earning the weekly honor.
The Terps and Buckeyes have met 13 times, and the Terps lead the series 11-2. Last season, Whittle and then-freshman Kali Hartshorn each scored four goals against Ohio State to earn an 18-8 win on Senior Night.
The Buckeyes (5-8, 1-3) have lost three straight games in a row to Penn State and Northwestern and a 10-8 loss to Bucknell on Wednesday.
After trailing Bucknell for most of the game, Ohio State attempted a late comeback with a four-goal rally but could not complete. Junior attacker Sara Dickinson started the run with her 18th goal of the season, followed by goals by junior midfielder Baley Parrott and senior attacker Molly Wood.
Parrott led the Buckeyes with three points against Bucknell with one goal and two assists and is tied with Dickinson as leading scorers of the team. Both Parrott and Dickinson have 38 points this season, narrowly leading junior McKayla Conti and Wood with 28 and 21 points, respectively.
The Terps and Buckeyes will begin action at the Schumaker Complex at noon on Sunday and can be watched on the Big Ten Network, with Dean Linke and Sheehan Stanwick Burch on the call.