CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- For the first time in 57 regular season games, the No. 1 Maryland women’s lacrosse team lost on Saturday, falling in overtime at No. 8/7 North Carolina, 16-15.
Sophomore Kali Hartshorn posted a career-best 11 draw controls while adding two goals to pace Maryland, while junior’s Jen Giles (three goals, one assist) and Caroline Steele (two goals, two assists) added four points apiece.
"You're obviously never happy with a loss, but I thought this was an outstanding early season game with a great deal of intensity,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “Credit UNC, they really put a lot of pressure on our defense. We had far too many turnovers and need to value possessions more. We have things to work on, but have faced back-to-back quality teams on the road and we're only three games into the season. We'll watch the film, make adjustments and are excited to get back home and in front of our fans this week."
After going down 3-1 early, Maryland rattled off six straight goals over a 14-minute streak, five on free position, to take a 7-3 lead. Senior Taylor Hensh led with two goals over that span.
The Terps used two more free position shots early in the second by Giles and Siverson to take an 11-9 lead with 25:19 to go.
Both defenses tightened up after that, creating turnovers and missed shots. With 8:42 left, Giles completed her hat-trick to put Maryland up 15-13. The Tar Heels would get one back with 3:51 left and then tie it up with just 22 seconds left to force overtime. About a minute into the overtime period, North Carolina clinched the home victory.
Today’s contest marks the first time in 56 regular season contests Maryland has fallen, last losing at North Carolina on 4/5/14. That was also the last time the Terps fell on the road, ending a 24-game streak.
After facing two top-ten foes on the road, Maryland will return home for a midweek contest on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 pm vs. UMBC at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.