ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Sophomore attacker Brindi Griffin and senior attacker Megan Whittle each recorded five points and sophomore defender Lizzie Colson tallied a career-best seven draw controls to lead the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (10-1, 2-0 B1G) to a 16-9 win over Michigan (5-7, 1-2 B1G) on Saturday afternoon.
“I thought we battled well through some tough windy and rainy conditions today,” said head coach Cathy Reese. “It’s a good conference road win for our team. Pleased with our overall effort today. We started each half strong which was a point of emphasis for us this week.”
Whittle led the way with five goals, to move up to 43 on the year and only 10 behind Jen Adams for the all-time goal lead at Maryland. B. Griffin set a career-high in both goals and points, scoring four times, all off one-on-one opportunities, and notching one assist. Junior attacker Jen Giles managed a hat-trick as well while senior attacker Taylor Hensh totaled two goals.
Maryland won the draw control battle 17-10, led by a career-best seven from Colson. Sophomore midfielder Kali Hartshorn had five while Whittle had three.
The Terps got off to a quick start, scoring three goals in the first two and a half minutes with Whittle putting two home, sandwiched by one from Giles. B. Griffin got her first just three minutes after that. After not scoring for 10 minutes, and Michigan getting their first 14 minutes into the content, Maryland would rattle off three straight from Whittle, Hartshorn and Giles.
After one more from Griffin and one from Hensh, Maryland led 9-4 at the break.
The Terps would start off right where they ended the first to start the second, scoring seven of the first nine goals in the second half. Beyond those that had scored in the first half, freshman midfielder Grace Griffin scored her 15th goal of the season. With a 16-6 deficit, Michigan would score the final three goals to make the final score 16-9.
Junior attacker Caroline Steele led the team with two assists in the win. Giles tied a career-high with four groundballs to lead the team.
Maryland will return to the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex this week for two home contests, first with No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m., followed up by Rutgers on Saturday at noon.