#2 Terps Hold Off Hoyas, 17-13

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attackers Caroline Wannen and Megan Whittle each recorded six points as the second-ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse team (2-0) defeated Georgetown (1-2) 17-13 Saturday afternoon.

“We came in today with a really great energy,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We started the game off strong, and then we had a lapse at the end of the first half. Our offense was working well in the second half, so overall I’m really proud of my team’s effort on this beautiful day.”

Wannen scored four goals and added a pair of assists while Whittle notched five goals and one assist. Midfielder Zoe Stukenberg posted three points (2G, 1) while attacker Taylor Hensh scored twice. Midfielder Jen Giles, attacker Caroline Steele, midfielder Kali Hartshorn and midfielder Hannah Warther all added one goal.

The reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, goalie Megan Taylor had another standout game. She made 10 saves while allowing eight goals. Through two games, Taylor holds a 5.98 goals against average and a .621 save percentage.

The Hoyas scored first, but Maryland responded with two straight Hensh goals and a Whittle tally. After another Georgetown goal, the Terps rattled off six straight, including three free-position goals. Georgetown found momentum and closed the half with five unanswered goals.

The Terps started the second half strong as Maryland went on an 8-1 run over the first 22 minutes. Georgetown again finished the half on a run, scoring five straight, but the Terps held on for a 17-13 win.

In her second collegiate game taking the draw, Hartshorn pulled in nine draw controls. Wannen led the Terps with two caused turnovers while Wannen and defenders Nadine Hadnagy and Marissa Donoghue each had two ground balls.

The Terps take on top-ranked North Carolina next Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Terrapins’ first game of the season in College Park. The Maryland lacrosse programs will host a doubleheader at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The men’s team will take on Yale at noon.