The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team will look to keep their Big Ten record spotless when they take on Johns Hopkins on Friday to commence the Big Ten Tournament.
The two teams met in the same semifinal match in the 2017 Big Ten Tournament, as the Terps defeated the Blue Jays, 19-16, to move onto the final against Northwestern.
The top-seeded Terps (16-1, 6-0) won the Big Ten regular season championship after defeating No. 6 Northwestern last Thursday in a 20-14 shootout. The Terps high-powered offense, led by junior midfielder Jen Giles and senior attacker Megan Whittle, put 14 goals on the board in the first half alone, a saving grace when Northwestern started to climb their way back in the second half.
Giles and Whittle each scored four goals apiece, while junior attacker Caroline Steele, sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin and junior midfielder Meghan Siverson each had a hat trick.
With their win over the Wildcats, the Terps improved to 22-0 in the Big Ten regular season and captured their fourth consecutive Big Ten regular season title since entering the Big Ten.
Giles was named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her team-best six points, marking the 14th time a Terp has won a Big Ten Weekly honor all season.
Giles was also one of the six players to be named to the All-Big Ten Team, joining Whittle, Steele, junior defender Julia Braig, sophomore defender Lizzie Colson and freshman midfielder Grace Griffin.
The Terps’ six selections tied Northwestern for the most players selected from one team, while Giles, Whittle, Steele and Braig were voted in unanimously. For Giles and Braig, this is their second time being named to the All-Big Ten Team after being selected last year as well.
The Terps previously defeated Johns Hopkins (10-7, 3-3) on March 17 in their Big Ten opener, in which Steele led the Terps with four goals and one assist.
The Terps defense and junior goalie Megan Taylor held the Blue Jays to five goals, a feat they achieved three times this season, against Georgetown on March 28 and at Ohio State on April 15.
The Blue Jays finished their regular season with a 16-11 victory over Rutgers on Saturday and clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament.
Sophomore midfielder MacKenzie Heldberg led the Blue Jays in scoring with six goals, but she was not the only player with multiple goals. Junior Nicole DeMase was the second-highest scorer with four goals and freshman Aurora Cordingley earned a hat trick.
Junior attacker Miranda Ibello was pivotal to Johns Hopkins’ 16 points, as she finished with eight assists. Ibello finished the season as the Blue Jays’ top scorer with 59 total points (22 goals, 37 assists).
The Blue Jays had three players named to the All-Big Ten Team— senior attacker Shannon Fitzgerald (25 goals, 14 assists), freshman midfielder Shelby Harrison (83 draw controls) and freshman defender Jeanne Kachris (29 groundballs, 21 caused turnovers). Senior attacker Cece Finney was also included in the honors as one of the seven Big Ten players to receive the Sportsmanship Award.
Junior goalie Haley Crossen was awarded the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor after an impressive week. She made a career-best 14 saves against Towson and then followed that up with a 12-save day in Johns Hopkins’ win over Rutgers.
Game action is set to start in Ann Arbor at 5 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network.
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