“Today was a really exciting game for the team,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I think the offense and defense were clicking and everyone was playing hard out there. Megan Whittle and Megan Taylor were both phenomenal for us. We had a couple missed plays and still have a lot to improve on, but overall this was a great win.”
Whittle set a new career high with seven goals and eight points. Taylor set a career high with 18 saves while also picking up three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn tallied five points (4G, 1A) and also pulled in six draw controls. Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele (2G, 1A) senior attacker Caroline Wannen (1G, 2A), senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (2G, 1A) and sophomore midfielder Jen Giles (1G, 2A) each had three points.
Hartshorn started the scoring 26 seconds into the game and Wannen followed with a goal at 26:04. Syracuse responded with a pair of goals before the Terps went on a 7-0 run, including back-to-back goals from Hartshorn and four from Whittle, to take a 9-2 lead.
Syracuse stopped the run at 5:32. The team traded goals in the final minutes of the half as Maryland took an 11-4 lead into the break.
The Orange started the second half on a 3-1 streak to cut the lead to 12-7. Maryland scored the final five goals of the game, including two from Whittle, to push the final score to 17-7.
The Maryland defense held Syracuse to just one free position goal on 13 attempts. The Terps kept the Orange’s leading point holder, Riley Donahue, and the team’s top goal scorer, Nicole Levy, off the scoresheet.
Maryland moved to 21-1 all-time vs. Syracuse. The Terps have won the last nine meetings. Maryland is on a 54-game win streak at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
The Terps are back in action against No. 18 Johns Hopkins next Sunday, March 19 at noon. The game will be aired on the Big Ten Network.