COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Eight Terrapins scored goals as the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team overtook Georgetown, 17-5, Wednesday evening at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
Sophomore midfielder Kali Hartshorn and junior attacker Caroline Steele led the way for Maryland offensively with four goals and one assist apiece. Freshman midfielder Grace Griffin was right behind them with her second-straight game with a hat-trick. Senior attacker Megan Whittle had two goals, while junior midfielder Jen Giles, senior attacker Taylor Hensh, junior midfielder Meghan Siverson and freshman attacker Maggie Root all tallied one goal.
"I was proud of our team's effort tonight," said head coach Cathy Reese. "We really stepped it up in the second half and controlled possession and the tempo. We didn't turn the ball over a lot, which are all these things that we've been talking about doing this season. So, overall it was a good game. Georgetown's always a tough team and they fought hard all the way to the very end."
For Steele, this marked the fourth straight game the junior has recorded at least a hat-trick, scoring three goals in the first half and one in the second.
The Terps controlled the game in the circle, winning the draw control battle, 17-7. Hartshorn posted her second highest total of the season, leading Maryland with 10.
Maryland also assisted on their highest percentage of goals this season, with 13-of-17 goals coming off a pass. Giles, Griffin and sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin all notched two assists.
Defensively, the Terps caused nine Hoya turnovers, led by three from sophomore defender Lizzie Colson. This matches a career-high for Colson and she now leads the Terps with 13 forced turnovers.
With the game being tied 2-2 14 minutes in, Maryland would rattle off six-straight scores to take an 8-2 lead. Five of the six goals were assisted and the stretch was led by G. Griffin, who had two goals, while Giles had two assists. Georgetown would then score two straight before Hartshorn served up a Steele goal right before the halftime buzzer.
In the second half, Maryland held Georgetown scoreless for the first 17:37, expanding their lead from 9-4 to 16-4. Steele and Hartshorn each put two home, as Whittle and Giles tossed the other two.
Maryland will return to conference play on Saturday as the Terps travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for a faceoff with Michigan. The game can be seen on the Big Ten Network on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.