COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor made a career-high 20 saves as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (10-0) ran past No. 3 Florida (8-2), 18-8, Wednesday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
“I’m really proud of my team and how they stayed composed over the whole game,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “These girls brought each other up and took care of each other on the field. I thought our defense was fantastic, anchored by Megan Taylor, who had a phenomenal game.”
Taylor made 15 saves in the first half as the Terps limited Florida’s top-ranked offense to just eight goals in the game. The Gators came into the game averaging 16.67 goals per game, and this is the first game they've scored been held to single-digit goals this year. Taylor finished with a .714 save percentage and three ground balls.
Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg led the Maryland offense with five goals on five shots while senior attacker Caroline Wannen dished out four assists. Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele, junior attacker Megan Whittle and freshman attacker Brindi Griffin each had hat tricks.
The Terps took advantage of Florida yellow cards as Maryland scored on 7-of-9 man-up opportunities.
Stukenberg pulled in a career-high nine draw controls as the Terps held 19-9 advantage in the draw circle.
Steele and Stukenberg put the Terps up 2-0 before the Gators came back to tie with a pair of goals. Giles and Stukenberg gave Maryland a 4-2 lead with 8:44 left in the half. After a Florida goal, Stukenberg and Whittle finished the scoring as Maryland took a 6-3 lead into halftime.
The teams traded goals to start the second half before the Terps broke out for a 7-1 run over 10 minutes. Stukenberg notched her fifth at 5:44 and Griffin scored the final two goals of the game.
The Maryland defense held two of Florida’s top attackers, Mollie Stevens and Sammi Burgess, scoreless.
The Terps continue Big Ten play Saturday against Michigan at noon. Maryland will host its third annual Type 1 Diabetes Awareness game, and the Terps will wear blue warmups and socks. For more info or to donate, visit ter.ps/JDRF17.