The No. 2 Maryland Terrapins will return home on Thursday night to host the No. 17 Penn State Nittany Lions in a Big Ten conference matchup.
The Terps (14-1, 4-0) dominated when they travelled to Ohio State on Sunday, defeating the Buckeyes 20-5, but the highlight of the game was only one goal.
Senior attacker Megan Whittle broke the 17-year record with her first of three goals to become the all time leading goalscorer in Maryland women’s lacrosse history, surpassing Jen Adams’ previous record of 267 career goals.
Whittle was not the only Terp who scored multiple goals on Sunday, as junior attacker Caroline Steele notched five goals and two assists, sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn scored four, and junior midfielders Jen Giles and Meghan Siverson also scored hat tricks along with Whittle.
Hartshorn has been dominant on the draw all season long and earned a career-high 12 draw controls against the Buckeyes.
The Terps were able to hold Ohio State to only five goals thanks to Megan Taylor’s performance in the cage; the junior goalie made six saves and allowed only five goals on Sunday and has been crucial in limiting the Terps’ opponents to 10 goals or less in eight of their last nine games.
Taylor and Whittle were named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week for their performances in the wins at Ohio State and at Princeton last Tuesday. This is Whittle’s fourth time earning the weekly honor and Taylor’s third, also receiving the same honor last week.
Whittle was also named the Brine/US Lacrosse National Player of the Week, her second national honor of the season also earning the recognition on March 28.
The Nittany Lions (9-5, 3-1) will be looking to bounce back after falling to No. 7 Northwestern, 17-13, on Saturday. Despite efforts from senior Katie O’Donnell, sophomore attacker Maria Auth and junior Madison Carter, the Nittany Lions could not overcome the Wildcats’ lead and their three-game win streak was snapped.
Junior midfielder Katie O’Donnell scored a team-high five goals, marking her 37th consecutive game with a score and her sixth straight game with multiple goals. O’Donnell sits at eighth on the all-time scoring list for Penn State women’s lacrosse and needs 13 more goals to join the 200 club.
Auth and Carter combined for seven goals, and freshman Rachel Rosen tallied a career-best four assists. Auth also added two assists to her stat sheet and leads Penn State in scoring this season with 52 points. O’Donnell is right behind Auth with 50 total points, and Carter has 44 goals on the season.
The Terps and Nittany Lions have met 54 times, with Maryland leading the series 39-14-1. At the teams’ last meeting in the NCAA National Semifinals last year, the Terps defeated the Nittany Lions, 20-10. Their regular season matchup was a much closer affair, yet the Terps ultimately escaped with a 16-14 win.
Giles, Hartshorn, and senior attacker Taylor Hensh all scored four goals in the win, and Giles also tacked on four assists.
The Terps will take on Penn State at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex at 7 p.m. and can be watched on the Big Ten Network.