Senior attacker Megan Whittle became the all-time leading goal-scorer in program history on Sunday as the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated Ohio State (5-9, 1-4), 20-5.
As the rain poured in Columbus, Ohio, the goals poured in for the Terps (14-1, 4-0) as well. Junior attacker Caroline Steele finished the game with five goals and two assists, including a first-half hat trick sealed on a free position shot.
However, Steele was not the only player with multiple goals. Sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn scored 4 goals and three players with hat tricks— Whittle, Jen Giles and Meghan Siverson.
Giles scored the first goal for the Terps, weaving inside the Buckeyes’ defense and getting the ball past sophomore goalie Jill Rizzo.
With perhaps the most anticipated goal of the game, Whittle scored the second goal of the game and tallied her 268th career goal and earned sole possession of the all-time goals lead in Maryland women’s lacrosse history. The top spot was previously held by Jen Adams, who set the record in 2001.
The Buckeyes halted the Terps scoring run with two straight goals from junior attacker McKayla Conti and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez, but Steele answered back a minute later with her second goal.
Siverson built the Terps’ lead to 6-2 with two straight goals, breaking through a double team for the second goal two minutes after her first.
The Terps went on a 7-0 run on the Buckeyes thanks to Hartshorn’s back-to-back goals just 44 seconds apart, but the Buckeyes broke the scoring streak with Hernandez’s second goal of the day.
Senior attacker Lauren Sherry closed out the first half with an Ohio State goal to bring the score to 11-4, Maryland.
Picking up right where they left off, Hernandez tallied a hat trick with her third goal to open the half, but the Terps responded with five straight goals.
On three straight free position shots, Whittle scored her second and third goals and Steele brought her goal total to a team-high five. With Steele’s goal, the Terps took an 11-goal lead and the clock kept running.
Senior attacker Taylor Hensh, who scored the game-winner against Princeton on Tuesday night, also got in on the scoring spree with her first, before Siverson capped a hat trick and became the fifth Terp with three goals or more on the day.
Holding a 19-5 lead, head coach Cathy Reese started subbing players in from the bench, and freshman midfielder Kylie Davis was able to score her second goal of the season and the final goal of the game.
The Terps will prepare for their final two games of the regular season, starting with a Thursday night matchup with No. 17 Penn State at home. Coverage can be seen on the Big Ten Network beginning at 7 p.m.
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