BALTIMORE, Md. – The No. 4/2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team used contributions from many, as four players had four or more points, and a solid defensive effort to open conference play with a 15-5 win over RV/No. 24 Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon.
“We showed a lot of balance today both offensively and defensively” said head coach Cathy Reese. “We had a lot of great options on attack and I thought our defense played really well today. We were able to work together to limit their scoring opportunities and Megan Taylor made some great saves. Good start to conference play and our spring break, excited for two tough tests this upcoming week.”
Sophomore defender Lizzie Colson filled up the stat-sheet, leading a Maryland defense that allowed its lowest goal total since last season’s regular season 17-4 win over Johns Hopkins. Colson led the team, setting career-highs in draw controls (five), groundballs (four) and caused turnovers (three).
The Maryland defense held the Blue Jays to just 19 shots in the game and forced 20 turnovers. Junior goalie Megan Taylor recorded seven saves, while allowing just five goals, a .583 save percentage.
Offensively, junior attacker Caroline Steele tallied five points (four goals, one assist), while junior midfielder Jen Giles and senior attackers Taylor Hensh and Megan Whittle all had four (three goals, one assist) to pace the Maryland offense. Steele has been on a tear over the past two games, accumulating 12 points (nine goals, three assists).
Maryland got off to a fast start offensively, scoring five goals in the first nine minutes of the game. Steele got the scoring started just two minutes into the contest on a free position attempt. The Terps would score four goals in three minutes just a little while later off two strikes by Whittle and one apiece by Giles and Hensh.
After the early spurt, Maryland would go scoreless for the next third of the first half, while only allowing two Hopkins goals. In the last 11 minutes of the first half, Maryland would build a 10-3 advantage with goals from five different contributors and good passing, with assists coming on four of the five scores.
The second half wouldn’t provide as much offense, with Maryland just scoring five goals. Neither team scored for the first 11 minutes of the half before Steele found the net from way outside. Steele would add another, along with goals from the trio of Giles, Whittle and Hensh.
Giles and Steele each also tallied three groundballs. The Terps out-shot Hopkins 40-19, helping the Maryland move to 17-0 all-time over Johns Hopkins.
The No. 4/2 Terps will face two top-15 opponents this coming week, with a trip to No. 9/11 Penn on Wednesday evening before returning to College Park to welcome No. 3/5 James Madison on Saturday.