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#2 Terps Face #19 Princeton Tuesday

Maryland Athletics
4-9-2018
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#2 Maryland (12-1)
Maryland at Maryland
#19 Princeton (6-4)
April 10, 2018 || Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium || Princeton, N.J. || 6:00 p.m.

For starters

• The No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team (12-1, 3-0 B1G) will travel to the Garden State for the first time this season for a nationally televised matchup against No. 19 Princeton (6-4, 2-1 Ivy). The game will air on ESPNU with John Brickley and Sheehan Stanwick Burch on the call.

• Maryland heads into this weekend’s contest with a 12-1 record and No. 2 ranking. Last week, the Terps won two home games, defeating #6 Virginia, 15-8 and Rutgers on Senior Day, 14-6. The Terps are 7-1 against ranked teams and 5-1 against teams in the top ten in 2018.

Megan Whittle (50 goals, 11 assists) leads the team with 61 points, while Jen Giles (32 goals, 16 assists) stands right behind her with 48. Whittle leads the Big Ten in many offensive categories, including goals per game (4.00), points per game (4.92) and free position percentage (71.4%) and is second in the country in free position goals per game with 2.08, after scoring a career-best six against UMBC. Giles leads the conference in shot percentage (52.7%) and is second in the conference in points per game (3.91). Giles also ranks fourth in free position percentage (57.9%).

• Playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules, Maryland has gone 7-1 against ranked teams and 5-1 against teams in the top-ten, only falling narrowly in overtime at #8 North Carolina. The Terps will play their ninth ranked team of the year on Tuesday, in #19 Princeton.

last time out

• Led by Brindi Griffin on offense, Kali Hartshorn in the circle and Megan Taylor in the cage, the No. 2 Maryland women’s lacrosse team defeated Rutgers, 14-8, on Friday evening.

• For the second week in a row, B. Griffin totaled a career-high five points, this time tallying a career-best three assists with two goals. Hartshorn led the team in goals, tying with Caroline Steele with three scores, while winning nine draw controls.

• In the cage, Taylor came in 19 minutes into the contest and shut the Rutgers offense down, only allowing two goals in 41 minutes while posting seven saves. Taylor and the Maryland defense have now held their opponent under 10 goals in six of the last seven games, all wins.

scouting the TIGERS

• Princeton stands at 6-4 this season and 2-1 in the Ivy Leagye. In their last game, Princeton defeated Harvard, 20-15. 

• Kyla Sears leads the way for Princeton, with 46 points (33 goals, 13 assists). 

terps-TIGERS history

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Princeton, 30-8.

• The two programs met last season in College Park, with the then-No. 1 Terrapins defeating No. 7 Princeton, 18-12. Kali Hartshorn led the Terps with six points (five goals, one assist), while Megan Whittle tallied five goals and Jen Giles had four.

WHITTLE climbing up the all-time goal ranks

• In just 13 games this season, Megan Whittle has jumped from six to two in the Maryland women's lacrosse all-time goal ranks, tallying 50 goals. Whittle struck her 250th career goal in the Terps against No. 4 James Madison. 

• The senior attacker now has 264 goals in her career, passing Maryland greats Taylor Cummings and Karri Ellen Johnson on her path to the all-time lead this season. Whittle is just four goals behind Jen Adams (1998-01) for the all-time lead at 268.

CONTROLLING THE DRAW

• As a team, Maryland stands third in the the nation and leads the Big Ten in draw controls per game, with 17.00, with Kali Hartshorn, Meghan Siverson and Lizzie Colson leading the charge.

• Against UNC (2/24), Hartshorn posted a career-best 12 draw controls. Siverson then had a career-high of her own, 13 draw controls against UMBC (2/28). Against Michigan (3/31), Colson stepped up and recorded a career-best seven draw controls, as Maryland won the battle 17-10.

• Maryland has 221 as a team through 13 games, with Siverson, Hartshorn and Colson combining for 162 of those (73.3%).

MAGNIFICENT MEGAN

• In the second half of the season, Megan Taylor has been a force in the cage. The junior has 53 saves, with only 46 goals allowed, a .535 save percentage and only 7.16 goals allowed per game.

• In a 13-7 win over No. 8 Penn, Taylor tied her season-high with 13 saves and recorded her highest save percentage of the season at .650 in the win at Penn.

• This past week against Virginia and Rutgers, Taylor only allowed 10 goals while recording 15 saves, a .600 percentage. Taylor was essential on a Maryland defense that held the #6 team in the country to just eight goals. Against Rutgers, Taylor came in 19 minutes in and only allowed two goals in 41 minutes, while recording seven saves.

• Taylor has been key on a Maryland defense that has only allowed its opponent to reach double-digit goals once over the last seven games.

HARTSHORN HEATING UP

• Returning just 23 miles from her hometown of Allentown tomorrow night against Princeton, Kali Hartshorn has been on fire over the past few games, spurring the offense. Hartshorn is tied for the team lead with seven goals over the last two games, while winning 10 draw controls.

• The reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year is second in the Big Ten with 5.46 draw controls per game and leads the Maryland team which ranks third in the country in draw controls per game with 71.

rack up the honors

• This season, Maryland has received a lot of recognition, both on the conference and national level.

• The Terps have won eight Big Ten honors this season, with Lizzie Colson winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week four times Megan Whittle winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times and Megan Taylor and Grace Griffin each earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week recognition once.

• On the national level, five Terps were named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List on March 1st. Senior attacker Megan Whittle and a quartet of juniors: defender Julia Braig, midfielder Jen Giles, attacker Caroline Steele and goalie Megan Taylor were all selected for the watch list.

• Lastly, this past week Megan Whittle was named the IWLCA National Player of the Week after finishing last week with 10 points, seven goals and three assists, notching four goals against No. 8 Penn and three against No. 4 JMU. 

Where the terps rank 

• As a team, Maryland ranks top-ten in the nation and first in the Big Ten in six major categories, including leading the nation in shots per game:

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Shots Per Game 1st 1st 36.60
Draw Controls Per Game 3rd 1st 17.00
Goals Per Game 4th 1st 16.15
Scoring Margin 3rd 1st 6.67
Free Position Percentage 5th 1st 53.8%
Points Per Game 10th 1st 22.17

• Individually, Megan Whittle leads the Big Ten and ranks top ten nationally in three categories: 

Stat NCAA Rank B1G Rank Value
Free Position Goals Per Game 2nd 1st 2.08
Goals 4th 1st 48
Free Position Percentage 9th 1st 71.4%

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