After defeating No. 4 Syracuse 12-11 on Saturday in another overtime nailbiter, No. 2 Maryland (6-0) will host No. 8 Penn (6-0) in a matchup of undefeated teams. The Quakers are coming off a close 8-7 win against No. 21 Georgetown, one of two ranked teams they have defeated so far this season.
Senior Megan Taylor has been outstanding thus far this season for Maryland, winning the Big Ten Defender of the Week consecutive weeks. Taylor finished with 12 saves against the Orange, including several pivotal saves down the stretch stifling the Orange from in tight.
Junior attacker Gabby Rosenzweig leads the Quaker offense with 35 points thus far this season, showcasing both her ability to score and facilitate to her teammates. Sophomore attacker Zoe Belodeau leads the Quakers with 15 goals and will also be a focal point of the Terps defensive gameplan. Senior captain Julia Braig, and the remainder of the Terps defense will look to maintain effective communication and not allow defensive lapses against the high-octane Quaker offense.
However, the Terps had 18 turnovers against Syracuse something they will look to sure up against the Quakers. Limiting turnovers will allow the Terps to maintain possessions setting up the offense and will limit the number of fast break opportunities for Penn.
Offensively for the Terps, senior Jen Giles continues to lead the way with 18 goals consistently displaying her speed and quick dodging through the first six games of the season. In addition to Giles, a trio of Terps- Grace Griffin, Erica Evans and Kali Hartshorn all have scored 13 goals giving Maryland one of the most formidable offenses in the country. After generating eight free position opportunities against Syracuse, the Terps will look to maintain the same offensive aggressiveness for the full 60 minutes against Penn.
A point of emphasis for Maryland throughout this season has been winning draw controls to create possessions and not be forced to get back on defense. In the win against Syracuse, Maryland won 18 draw controls, while the Orange won just eight battling for the ground balls displaying hustle and effort. Hartshorn won nine of the Terps 18 draw controls, and will look to generate that same success against junior defender Chelsea Kibler for the Quakers.
It will be the first meeting between both teams since 2015, when the Terps defeated the Quakers 12-7 led by four goals from Megan Whittle. First draw is scheduled for 5:00 p.m from Maryland Stadium on Wednesday.
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