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#1 Terps Face Boston College in NCAA Semifinals

Maryland Athletics
5-24-2018
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#1 Maryland (20-1)
Maryland vs Maryland
#4 Boston College (21-1)
May 25, 2018 || NCAA Tournament Semifinals || Stony Brook, NY || 7:30 p.m.

For starters

• The No. 1 seeded Maryland women’s lacrosse team will play in their 10th consecutive final four this weekend, as the Terps face No. 4 seeded Boston College on Friday night at 7:30 p.m on ESPN3 in the NCAA Semifinals. John Brickey and Sheehan Burch will have the call on ESPN3. 

• Tickets for the Final Four at Stony Brook can be purchased here. Both single game tickets and full session tickets are availabile for purchase. 

• The Terps are currently on a 18-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 20-1, Maryland came from behind to defeat Navy in the NCAA Quarterfinals, 17-15, to advance to their 10th straight championship weekend.

• Megan Whittle (83 goals, 15 assists) leads the team with 98 points, while Caroline Steele (58 goals, 20 assists) stands in second with 78. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals (83), after scoring a career-best eight in the Big Ten Championship against Penn State, and points (98) and is third in the country in free position goals per game with 1.71, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Steele ranks third in the conference in points (78), fifth in free position percentage (57.1%), fourth in assists (20) and sixth in goals (58).

• Maryland leads the nation with 34 NCAA appearances and are also tops in wins (71), final four appearances (26), championship game appearances (21) and NCAA titles (13). The Terps are making their 29th consecutive appearance in the postseason (1990-2018).

• The Terps have won five straight National Semifinal games. Last season, the Terps defeated Penn State, 20-10.

last time out

• No. 1 seeded Maryland (20-1) used a game-ending 6-1 run to come from behind and defeat Navy (18-4), 17-15, in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

• Trailing 14-11 with 15 minutes to go in the contest, Maryland would rattle off six straight goals to take a 17-14 lead that would ultimately end up with a 17-15 score.

Jen Giles led the way with seven points on four goals and three assists. Megan Whittle had three goals during the Terps 6-0 second half run to fuel the offense. Megan Taylor was senational in the cage, tallying a season-best 13 saves including numerous point blank stops in the second half.

scouting the EAGLES

• Boston College stands at 21-1 this season, with their lone loss coming to North Carolina. The Eagles defeated Stony Brook, 12-11 in overtime in the NCAA Quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four. 

• Sam Apuzzo leads the way for Boston College, with 81 goals, 118 points and 145 draw controls. 

terps-EAGLES history

• Maryland has never lost to Boston College, leading the all-time series 13-0. 

• The two programs met last season in the NCAA Championship, with Maryland defeating Boston College 16-13.  Caroline Steele tallied six goals while Taylor Hensh finished with a hat trick and  Jen Giles, Megan Whittle and Kali Hartshorn each scored twice.

• Boston College head coach Acacia Walker is a 2005 graduate of Maryland. Terps’ head coach Cathy Reese was an assistant on the staff during Walker’s college career.

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 Terps Second Round NCAA win over Denver, Whittle passed Gail Cummings (Temple, 1984-87) for the second-most career goals in NCAA history.

• Whittle currently stands at 297 goals, only three away from becoming the first Terp and second NCAA women’s lacrosse player to reach the 300 goal plateau.

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) and the NCAA Quarterfinal win over Navy (5/19), Colson recorded a career-best eight draw controls.

• Maryland has 358 as a team through 21 games, with Siverson, Hartshorn and Colson combining for 283 of those (79.1%).

Hartshorn's dominance

• Kali Hartshorn has been dominant in the circle, tallying 135 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 third all-time in program history for draw controls in a single season and stands only 9 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 2nd 1st 17.05
Shots Per Game 3rd 1st 37.13
Goals Per Game 4th 1st 16.33
Free Position Percentage 6th 1st 51.3%
Scoring Margin 6th 1st 6.67

• 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 1.71
Shots Per Game 4th 1st 8.52
Goals 4th 1st 83

RECORD WATCH

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

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

• Single-Season Draw Controls: Kali Hartshorn is 9 draw controls behind Taylor Cummings’ record.

• All-Time Points: Megan Whittle is second all-time with 338 points.

• All-Time Saves: Megan Taylor is fifth all-time with 510 saves.

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