Steele Leads #2 Terps Past #8 Syracuse, 18-11

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William & Mary
#8 Syracuse
Mar. 11, 2018 || Syracuse, NY 

SYRACUSE, NY – Led by junior attacker Caroline Steele and senior attacker Taylor Hensh, the No. 5/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated No. 8 Syracuse, 18-11. 

Steele tallied a career-best seven points with five goals and two assists, while Hensh tied her career-best with four goals of her own to pace the Maryland offense. Both of Steele’s assists came on a Hensh strike. 

“I’m really proud of our team’s effort today,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “There were times in the game where we were really clicking both offensively and defensively, which was fun to watch. Overall, a quality win over a very good Syracuse team that will help us get better moving forward.”

The Maryland defense held the nation’s leading scoring offense to a season low 11 goals on just 19 shots on goal. The Terps held pace on offense, winning 22-of-30 draw controls, led by 13 from the duo of sophomore attacker Kali Hartshorn and junior midfielder Meghan Siverson

Maryland drew 34 fouls that set up nine free position chances. Senior attacker Megan Whittle scored two of her three goals on free position, while Hensh, Steele and Hartshorn added one apiece.

The contest started slow, with neither team scoring until the 22-minute mark, where the Orange struck first. Hensh, junior midfielder Jen Giles and Whittle then scored three goals in just over a minute to make it 3-1 Terps. Throughout the rest of the half, it was the Hensh and Steele show offensively for Maryland, combining and assisting for five goals to give the Terps an 8-4 advantage at halftime. 

The Terps scored eight of the first ten goals in the second half, including five straight over a nine-minute stretch in the middle of the second half. The closest Syracuse cut the deficit to was six, 17-11, with five minutes remaining. Whittle notched her second free position goal of the game with just under two minutes on the clock to make the final score 18-11.

Steele, Hensh, Hartshorn and Whittle all recorded hat-tricks, accumulating 15 of the 18 Maryland goals, while Giles and sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin combined for the other three.

Junior goalkeeper Megan Taylor had eight saves. Freshman Grace Griffin led the team with three groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Maryland moves to 22-1 all-time against Syracuse, having won the past ten contests. The Terps will begin Big Ten play next weekend at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, March 17 at noon.