PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn set a career-high seven points in her home state as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (13-0, 2-0 B1G) routed Rutgers (7-6, 1-2) 20-8 Saturday night.
“Tonight I think we saw a lot of good plays on both sides of the field,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We had a lot of great options on attack, and our defense was great at getting stops and causing turnovers. We had a lot of players in tonight, but they were able to maintain our intensity and stick to our game plan.”
Hartshorn, an Allentown, N.J., native, scored six goals, including a behind-the-back tally late in the first half, and added an assist. Senior attacker Caroline Wannen posted six points (3G, 3A) and junior attacker Megan Whittle scored four goals.
In Big Ten games this season, Maryland is outscoring opponents 57-19.
Whittle, Zoe Stukenberg and Hartshorn scored three goals within 48 seconds of each other to start the game. The Terps added three more to take a 6-0 lead at 24:12. Caroline Steele and Whittle notched goals to push the lead to 8-1 before the Scarlet Knights tallied four of the next five goals.
The Terps finished the first half with five straight tallies to put the lead at 14-5. Hartshorn scored three of the final four goals of the half.
Hartshorn, Wannen and Taylor Hensh posted goals to start the second half. After two straight Rutgers goals, Theo Kwas scored before assisting to Bairre Reilly for a goal. Kwas also assisted on Maryland’s final goal of the game, an empty netter from Brindi Griffin at 4:39.
The Terps return to the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex to host No. 7 Princeton (9-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m.