COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior attacker Megan Whittle scored five goals as the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team (20-0) defeated High Point (16-4) 21-6 Sunday afternoon at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
“Credit to High Point, they had a great season,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “We were able to see a lot of people play today, and we had a really good team effort today. We were able to play good defense and that turned into good looks on offense on the other end.”
Senior midfielder Zoe Stukenberg had five points (3G, 2A) and junior attacker Kacie Longo set a career high with four goals. Sophomore attacker Caroline Steele notched four points (2G, 2A) and sophomore midfielder Jen Giles scored a hat trick.
Maryland controlled the game from the opening draw, taking a 7-0 lead at 16:20 on Whittle's fourth goal of the afternoon. Longo, Giles and Steele pushed the lead to 10-1, and Giles and Stukenberg scored in the last five minutes to give the Terps a 12-2 halftime advantage.
The Terrapins used a 7-2 run in the first 17 minutes of the second half as Maryland lead 19-4. Kelsey Cummings scored her first goal of the season in that span. Hannah Warther notched her fourth goal of the season at 7:28, and Longo posted her fourth of the game with 5:37 left.
Freshman midfielder Kali Hartshorn led Maryland with five draw controls
The Maryland defense held High Point's top scorer, Samantha Brown to just one assist. The Panthers came into the game with the fourth-highest offense in the nation, averaging 16.21 goals per game.
The Terps reached 20 wins for the fifth straight season and the 11th time in program history.
Maryland matched its season high in goals scored at 21, tying the team's production against Boston College on March 8.
The top-seeded Terps host eighth-seeded Stony Brook (20-1) in the quarterfinals next Saturday, May 20 at noon.