COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Megan Whittle tied a career-high with seven goals, while three freshmen tallied their first-career goal as the No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated in-state foe UMBC 21-12 at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex on Wednesday night.
“It was nice to be back home," said Maryland Head Coach Cathy Reese. "We were fired up to come out and play. We saw a lot of really good things from our entire team. We had a lot of different people contributing tonight. Our intent was to come out and just get a little bit better with every play, to stay present and stay in the moment. Tonight was a good learning experience for a lot of our players, especially our freshmen. Overall, a really good team effort.”
The 21 Maryland goals in the contest came from 11 different players. Whittle led the way with seven while sophomore midfielder Nikki Sliwak posted a career-best three goals. Freshmen Kylie Davis, Maggie Root and Tori Barretta all tallied the first goals of their Terrapin career in the second half.
Whittle scored five of her seven in the first half, four on free position chances. Senior attacker Kacie Longo got the scoring started in the second minute. UMBC responded right away to tie the game at one but then Maryland rattled off six straight to take a 7-1 lead. Junior midfielder Jen Giles tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the first half to lead Maryland to a 12-5 halftime advantage.
The freshman class shined in the second half with Davis, Root, midfielder Grace Griffin and Baretta all scoring in the last 13 minutes of the game. Whittle and Sliwak each pitched in with two and Longo added her second of the night to lead Maryland to a 21-12 final score.
Giles also tied a career-high with her second four assist game of the season.
Maryland will return to action against Hofstra on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.