COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior attacker Megan Whittle became just the sixth Terp to reach 200 career goals as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (18-0) defeated Johns Hopkins (11-7) in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Friday evening.
“I think we had a lot of great looks on offense today,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “It was a hard-fought win against a good Hopkins squad, and we're excited to keep playing for a Big Ten championship.”
Whittle scored five goals against the Blue Jays and is now up to 202 career goals. Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele also had five goals while freshman attacker Kali Hartshorn found the back of the net four times. Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg had a hat trick and senior attacker Caroline Wannen led the Terps with four assists.
The Terps went down 3-1 early before Maryland went on a 6-0 run, including three goals from Steele. Hartshorn completed a hat trick at 16:58 and Whittle scored back-to-back goals to put the Terps ahead 10-4. After Hopkins went on a 4-0 streak, Stukenberg tallied consecutive goals in the last minutes of the half to give Maryland a 12-8 lead at halftime.
Steele and Brindi Griffin scored early goals in the second half but the Blue Jays pulled within three at 16-13. Steele notched her final goal at 11:04 and Hartshorn posted a score just 11 seconds later as Maryland pushed the advantage to 18-14. Whittle scored one more at 4:42, and the Terps finished the game ahead 19-16.
Hartshorn led the Terps with eight draw controls while Lizzie Colson and Stukenberg each had four.
Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor finished with seven saves against Johns Hopkins.
The Terps will face the winner of Penn State-Northwestern on Sunday at noon in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.