COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore midfielder Jen Giles tallied five points as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (8-0) defeated No. 11 Penn (6-2), 11-7, Wednesday evening at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
“I’m really proud of our team’s effort to come away with the win tonight against a really strong Penn team,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I thought Penn played really tough defense across the field. I think we were able to settle in offensively after a slow start and really figure out their defense and get good looks on offense.”
Giles scored three goals and made two assists. Freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn also had a hat trick while junior attackers Megan Whittle and Taylor Hensh each scored twice. Senior attacker Caroline Wannen added a goal.
After missing last Sunday’s game, sophomore goalie Megan Taylor notched 12 saves and two ground balls against the Quakers.
Penn scored the first goal of the game before Hartshorn answered with a pair of goals assisted by Giles as Maryland took a 2-1 lead at 18:33. Penn tied the game at 11:45, but Maryland closed the half with a 5-0 run to take a 7-2 advantage.
Hartshorn finished the first half with a hat trick while all five of Giles’ points came in the first period.
Giles started the second half scoring at 25:38, but the Quakers responded with a pair of quick goals. The teams traded goals for the rest of the half as Hensh, Whittle and Wannen finished the scoring for Maryland.
Six Terps picked up two ground balls each while sophomore defender Julia Braig also caused two turnovers. Senior defender Nadine Hadnagy set a career high with five caused turnovers against the Quakers.
Hartshorn led the game with six draw controls.
The Terps hit the road again to travel to James Madison on Saturday at 2 p.m.