COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior attacker Caroline Wannen posted six points as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (7-0, 1-0 B1G) opened conference play with a 17-4 win over No. 16 Johns Hopkins (7-2, 0-1) Sunday afternoon.
“We started a little slow, but I think as the game progressed, we settled in a little bit,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We did a lot better in the second half on the draw, and on fighting for possessions and 50-50 balls. The offense started getting better looks, and Emily had a great game backlining our defense.”
Wannen scored twice and added four assists. Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele notched four goals while senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg, sophomore midfielder Jen Giles, junior attacker Megan Whittle and freshman attacker Brindi Griffin each added two scores.
In her first start of the season, senior Emily Kift notched 10 saves and a .714 save percentage in goal.
Whittle tallied Maryland’s first two goals on free positions as the Terps led 2-1 at 23:10. Griffin added one, before Hopkins scored at 13:54. Maryland went on a 4-0 run before the Blue Jaus scored again at 6:50. The Terps took a 7-3 lead into halftime.
Maryland rattled off seven unanswered goals to start the second half, taking a 14-3 lead on a Taylor Hensh goal at 17:25. Johns Hopkins added just one goal in the half at 10:03. Stukenberg, Kacie Longo and Bairre Reilly finished the scoring as the Terps took a 17-4 win.
The Terps held a 17-9 advantage in ground balls and a 14-9 lead in draw controls. Maryland moved to 15-0 all-time vs. the Blue Jays.
The Terps close a four-game home stand against No. 13 Penn on Wednesday at 7 p.m.