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#2 Terps Seek Final Four Bid vs. #7 Navy Saturday

Maryland Athletics
5-18-2018
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#2 Maryland (19-1)
Maryland vs Maryland
#7 Navy (18-3)
May 19, 2018 || NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals || College Park, Md. || 12:00 p.m.

For starters

• The No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team (19-1) will face Navy (18-3) in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The Terps are looking to advance to their 10th straight Final Four.  Mark Dixon and Sheehan Burch will have the call for the Big Ten Network, the game will air on a tape delay at 7:00 p.m

• Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors and can be purchased here. The first 50 Maryland students that show their student ID will be allowed in for free. 

• The Terps are currently on a 17-game winning streak, after winning both the Big Ten Regular Season and Tournament Championships and going undefeated in regular season conference play. Currently standing at 19-1, Maryland defeated Denver, 15-4 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend to advance to their 12th straight quarterfinals.

• Megan Whittle (80 goals, 14 assists) leads the team with 94 points, while Caroline Steele (57 goals, 19 assists) stands in second with 76. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals (80), after scoring a career-best eight in the Big Ten Championship against Penn State, and points (94) and is third in the country in free position goals per game with 1.70, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Steele ranks third in the conference in points (76), fifth in free position percentage (53.8%) and sixth in goals (57) and assists (19).

• Maryland leads the nation with 34 NCAA appearances and are also tops in wins (69), championship game appearances (21) and NCAA titles (13). The Terps are making their 29th consecutive appearance in the postseason (1990-2018).

• Maryland is on a 75-game win streak at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex and hasn’t lost in College Park since March 10, 2012. The current senior class, who is playing in their last game in College Park on Saturday, has gone 46-0 at home over their careers.

last time out

• Behind a solid defensive effort that allowed their opponent to a season-low four goals, Maryland defeated, 15-4, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

• The four goals allowed is the lowest total Maryland has allowed in a game since the 2017 season opener against William and Mary, defeating the Tribe 13-3. Allowing two goals in the first half and two in the second, the Terps only allowed 23 shots.

scouting the MIDSHIPMEN

• Navy stands at 18-3 this season, advancing from the Loyola regional last weekend, defeating both Johns Hopkins and Loyola. 

• Kelly Larkin and Jenna Collins lead the way for Navy with 115 and 109 points apiece. 

terps-midshipmen history

• The Terps and the Midshipmen have only met once before, with the lone meeting coming in the 2011 NCAA Tournament First Round. Maryland defeated Navy, 19-6.

• Navy head coach Cindy Timchal was the head coach at Maryland for 16 seasons from 1991-2006, winning eight National Championships. Timchal coached current Terps head coach Cathy Reese from 1995-98, where the duo won four National Championships.

WHITTLE BECOMES ALL-TIME GOALS LEADER

• A few weeks back, Megan Whittle both tied and passed Maryland great Jen Adams for the all-time goal lead at Maryland.

• Whittle tied Adams with a second half goal against Princeton, which kickstarted a game-ending 7-2 run to cap off a Terrapin comeback. Against Ohio State, Whittle broke the record on free position in the first half, going on to score three more goals. In the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Penn State, Whittle scored a career-best eight goals, before scoring six more in the NCAA Tournament Second Round for a current total of 294. 

• Whittle is currently second all-time in NCAA history in goals.

CONTROLLING THE DRAW

• As a team, Maryland stands third in the the nation and leads the Big Ten in draw controls per game, with 16.85, with Kali Hartshorn, Meghan Siverson and Lizzie Colson leading the charge.

• Hartshorn recorded a career-best with an incredible 16 draw controls in the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Penn State. Siverson then had a career-high of her own, 13 draw controls against UMBC (2/28). In Maryland’s Big Ten Tournament game against Hopkins (5/4), Colson recorded a career-best eight draw controls.

• Maryland has 337 as a team through 20 games, with Siverson, Hartshorn and Colson combining for 265 of those (78.6%).

• This game will pit two of the nation's best draw control teams, as Navy ranks second in the country with 17.0 draw controls per game while Maryland ranks third with 16.9. 

Hartshorn's dominance

• Kali Hartshorn has been dominant in the circle, tallying 124 draw controls this season, pacing a Maryland offense that ranks second in the country in draw controls and has outdrawn their opponents in every game but one this season.

• After tallying a career-best 16 draw controls in the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Penn State, Hartshorn now stands fifth all-time for draw controls in a single season and stands only 19 behind the record (144).

rack up the honors

• This season, Maryland has received a lot of recognition, both on the conference and national level.

• Maryland won five of the six Big Ten Individual honors, with Megan Whittle winning Big Ten Attacker of the Year, Julia Braig earning Big Ten Defender of the Year Honors, Megan Taylor being named the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, Grace Griffin winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Cathy Reese earning Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades.

• A conference best six Terps were named to the All-Big Ten Team a few weeks bac. Julia Braig, Jen Giles, Caroline Steele and Megan Whittle were all unanimous selections, while Lizzie Colson and Grace Griffin also made the team. 

• The Terps also won 14 weekly Big Ten honors this season, with Lizzie Colson winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week four times, Megan Whittle winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week four times, Megan Taylor winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week three times, Grace Griffin earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week recognition twice and Jen Giles being named the Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week most recently. 

• On the national level, Megan Whittle was named one of the five finalists for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award last Thursday. 

 Megan Whittle,  Julia Braig,  Jen Giles,  Caroline Steele and  Lizzie Colson were named to the IWLCA All-South Region First Team.  Kali Hartshorn and Megan Taylor were selected on the All-Region Second Team.

• Lastly, Megan Whittle has garnered two national honors this season, being named the IWLCA National Player of the Week on 3/28 and the Brine/US Lacrosse National Player of the Week for her efforts this past week.

Where the terps rank 

• As a team, Maryland ranks top-ten in the nation and first in the Big Ten in six major categories:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Draw Controls Per Game 3rd 1st 36.85
Shots Per Game 3rd 1st 37.15
Goals Per Game 6th 1st 16.30
Free Position Percentage 7th 1st 50.0%
Scoring Margin 7th 1st 6.90
Scoring Defense 9th 1st 9.40

• Individually, Megan Whittle leads the Big Ten and ranks top ten nationally in three categories: 

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 3rd 1st 1.70
Shots Per Game 7th 1st 8.45
Goals 9th 1st 80

RECORD WATCH

• Numerous Terps stand towards the top of the Maryland women’s lacrosse record book, in...

• Single-Season Goals: Megan Whittle is eight goals behind Jen Adams’ record.

• Single-Season Draw Controls: Kali Hartshorn is 19 draw controls behind Taylor Cummings’ record.

• All-Time Points: Megan Whittle is second all-time with 334 points.

• All-Time Saves: Megan Taylor is fifth all-time with 497 saves.

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