STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg led the Terps with six points as the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (16-0, 5-0 B1G) notched a 16-14 win over No. 5 Penn State (14-2, 4-1) Thursday evening. With the victory, the Terrapins clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title.
“I’m really proud of the girls for finding a way to win against a really talented Penn State team,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “I’m very proud of my team’s effort and how we came together in the second half to pull away.”
Stukenberg finished with two goals, four assists, two ground balls, three caused turnovers and four draw controls. Freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn notched four goals and one assist while sophomore midfielder Jen Giles had four points (2G, 2A). Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele tallied a hat trick.
The teams went into halftime tied 6-6, but Maryland used a 10-8 advantage in the second half to push ahead.
The teams started the game closely matched before a 3-0 run by the Terps gave Maryland 4-2 lead. Penn State used a 4-1 run to take a 6-5 advantage at 6:09. Steele finished the first-half scoring at 1:37 as the teams tied 6-6.
After the Nittany Lions started the second half with a score, goals from Megan Whittle and Stukenberg put Maryland ahead 8-7. Stukenberg assisted on Hartshorn’s fourth at 23:42 and Wannen’s goal at 22:07 as the Terps took a 10-8 lead. Penn State pulled within one, but Maryland was able to hold the lead for the rest of the game. Taylor Hensh has two late goals for the Terps. The Nittany Lions notched two goals within the last two minutes, but Maryland notched the 16-14 win.
Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor finished the game with seven saves and three ground balls.
The Terps held a 17-15 advantage in draw controls and led 16-12 in ground balls. Maryland had a 12-7 advantage in caused turnovers.
The Terps finish the regular season at No. 17 Northwestern (8-7, 3-1) next Thursday, April 27, on the Big Ten Network. A win over the Wildcats would give Maryland the Big Ten regular season title outright.