CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele recorded a career-high seven points as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (12-0) won a close battle over No. 18 Virginia (7-6), 16-11, Wednesday night.
“Virginia is a really talented team, and this is always a tough game,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We started off a little slow, and I think we just needed to find our composure. In the second half, we started to settle in a little more on both offense and defense and were able to play together more.”
Steele scored a career-high five goals and added two assists. Junior Megan Whittle (3G, 1A) and senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (1G, 3A) each had four points. Sophomore midfielder Jen Giles, freshman attacker Brindi Griffin and freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn each scored twice against the Cavaliers.
Virginia started the game with a 2-0 lead five minutes into the contest. Giles, Hartshorn and Whittle each scored early for the Terps, but the Cavaliers took a 5-3 lead at 8:10. Steele scored three straight and Whittle added her second as Maryland took the lead, 7-5, with 1:19 left in the half. Virginia scored one more to cut the lead to one going into halftime.
Stukenberg scored the first goal of the second half, but three straight Cavalier goals gave Virginia a 9-8 lead at 24:52. Taylor Hensh tied the game two and a half minutes later, and Giles put the Terps back ahead at 16:05.
After another Virginia goal tied it again, the Terps rattled off six unanswered goals, including two straight goals each from Steele and Griffin. The Cavaliers added one last goal with 1:01 left in the game, but Maryland held on for the 16-11 win.
Freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn won six draw controls while Stukenberg had five.
Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor finished with 10 saves. She has made double-digit saves in seven games this season.
The Terps continue Big Ten play at Rutgers (7-5, 1-1) Saturday at 7 p.m.